Be one of the Kenya 22.
Each Spring, this unique opportunity offers you the trip of a lifetime.
Please read on for details of our upcoming trips and to hear what previous guests thought of the experience.
2019: Sat 30th March to Sat 13th April with optional trips at end (full details below and an information evening will be held in Aberdeen’s Hazlehead Primary School at 7 p.m. on the 1st of November 2018)
2020: Sat 4th April to Sat 18th April (details available May 2019)
If April does not suit you, we also run a house building trip to Kenya each year.
Wondering where the ’22’ comes from?
It was a visit to the Pavilion children’s home in 2013 which inspired the set up of our foundation. At the time, the Pavilion Village was home to 22 children who for various reasons were no longer looked after by their biological parents. Their attitude and determination in the face of adversity continues to inspire us today. All fundraising from the trips will go towards the education, shelter, clothing and welfare of the kids we are proud to be supporting.
Kenya 22 Trip: April 2019
In the words of Sarah and Abi (2 of our previous awesome guests):
”This life changing trip gives you the opportunity to see the real Kenya. It is filled with unique and memorable experiences as you witness first-hand the impact that your support is having on our families. An eye opening, awe inspiring adventure that will not only change the lives of the people you meet but it will change yours too. You will not regret signing up and you will never forget what you experience here.”
During the 2-3 weeks the following experiences are included:
- Climb Mount Kenya
- Coffee plantation
- David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
- Masai Mara safari game drives
- Visits to families we support and new house our volunteers have built
- Church service (very lively!)
- Visits to families we hope to support in the near future
- Kibera (Africa’s largest urban slum) and a game of football with a team of youngsters we support there
- Run a 5k or 10k at our GEF Mount Kenya Marvellous Road Races
- Lunch at the home of a world class athlete
- Mombasa and its glorious beaches
- Volunteering at business owned by the families we support
- Train alongside Kenyan athletes on the running track in Iten
- Runs/walks in incredible locations such as Singore Forest
- Pavilion Village, Cheerful and Tumaini children’s home visits
Our trips are offered at cost price and so we kindly ask guests to raise £500 towards our projects supporting our 278 kids in Kenya. This can be done through Total Giving – http://www.totalgiving.co.uk/charity/gathimba-edwards-foundation – or by organising race nights, quizzes, bake sales, sponsored silences, running races and other fundraising means.
The below trip costs includes all accommodation, transport, transfers, domestic flights, meals and the above activities. Please note that they do not include international flights, visas or vaccinations.
We ask that guests arrive into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi on Saturday 30th March between 6pm and 10pm (earlier or later arrival times can be accommodated for at an additional cost). This year’s trip has a few different options in terms of activities.
In the middle of the trip between Wednesday 10th and Friday 12th April there is an option to do either Mount Kenya or Masai Mara. The total trip cost if you choose to climb Mount Kenya is £1,350 whereas if you choose to visit Masai Mara it is £1,600.
At the end of the trip there are 3 options:
- Fly home after 10pm on Saturday 13th April
- Visit Masai Mara for safari activities from Sunday 14th to Tuesday 16th April (flying home after 10pm from Nairobi). Additional £550.
- Visit Mombasa for some relaxation or tourist activities from Sunday 14th to Wednesday 17th April (flying home after 10pm from Nairobi). Additional £400.
- If you add on Masai Mara at the end it is £550 to be added or Mombasa is £400.
Please email us on email@example.com to with any questions, to sign up or receive the full itinerary and important information document. An information evening will be held in Aberdeen and also aired live on Facebook in September 2018 (date tbc).
If anyone knows of a company that might be willing to sponsor the team t-shirts for the trip, we would really appreciate an introduction!
April 2018 Trip
Here’s what Claire had to say about the experience:
”I have always known how important GEF’s work is but seeing it in person puts a whole new perspective on it. I really loved how many families we were able to meet. I can’t believe how many amazing experiences were planned into the 2 weeks: teaching in a primary school, visiting children’s homes, reaching the summit of Mount Kenya, having lunch at the homes of professional athletes…the list goes on! I felt safe and well looked after at all times and would recommend this experience to everyone.”
The team raised an incredible £14,121 which enabled us to do the following:
1. A contribution to the operation (and after care) to fix Daniel’s broken arm that he had lived with for 6 years. His arm is now functional and we have been able to provide he and his 6 kids with a house help for 6 months as his arm gets stronger.
2. A contribution to the new home for Ascar and Emmanuel who previously lived in desperate conditions, sleeping on a mud floor.
3. A contribution to the new home for Gladys and her 9 children who previously lived in the house with no walls contribution.
4. One year of counselling services for our kids.
5. Food and transport for 100 GEF kids to attend our Mount Kenya Marvellous Road Races last month.
6. 12 months of maize flour for Cheerful Children’s Home for special needs children.
7. 2 year’s salary for a new GEF employee.
8. Football equipment for our Chaka FC Youth Team.
9. GEF Karatina office rent for 3 years.
10. 3 day academic clinic April for our Form 2 & 3 students.
11. Seminar for teachers on improved ways to motivate and discipline students.
Click here to read what David Vernon thought of the 2018 trip.
We would like to thank Global SCS who generously sponsored the t-shirts for the trip.
April 2017 Trip
Our team of 12 guests climbed Mount Kenya in support of our kids and raised an amazing £7,200!
During the course of their 2 week spell in Kenya they touched hearts and changed lives forever. They visited families, ran our Mount Kenya Marvellous 5k or 10k races, officially opened new houses we have built, went on safari where they saw lions, giraffes, buffalo, zebra and much more, met world famous athletes, acted as team GEF for a day assessing the needs of a family and recommending the support we should offer, toured Kasarani Stadium and last but by no means least climbed Mount Kenya.
Thank you to Alan Brown (his 3rd trip in 3 years) and Abi Lyall for these kind words about the experience:
“Huge thanks to the AWESOME team in Kenya, it feels like my second home, the people are amazing. The work that the Gathimba Edwards Foundation puts into the two weeks that we were there is astounding, I am sure everyone that was with me would agree. Already looking forward to a new adventure with the next group who are going to go next April, if anyone is thinking of going, JUST DO IT, it will be the best experience of your life and make you appreciate what you have here. What are you waiting for?” Alan Brown.
“What a trip, amazing, emotional, exhausting, exhilarating, beautiful, breathtaking and more than anything humbling. We were able to witness first hand, not only the utter poverty but, the inspirational work the GEF team are doing. How so little can do so much and how a smile and a wave(and maybe a sweetie and some bubbles) can bring so much joy. This trip has changed us it has inspired us it has moved us and it will remain with us.” Abi Lyall.
March 2016 Trip
Asante sana (thank you very much) to our 8 guests who were part of this memorable trip and raised an incredible £8,687.
This unique opportunity gave our guests the chance to give kids in Kenya a chance while also enjoying the trip of a lifetime that included: taking part in our Mount Kenya Marvellous race alongside Kenyan runners, David Sheldrick elephant orphanage, Giraffe Centre, boating on Lake Naivasha, New Life abandoned baby home, meeting world famous athletes, visiting schools and many of the children and projects we are supporting throughout the country.
The money raised has enabled us to build a house for a family in Karatina, pay the tuition fees of 28 of our kids through secondary school for 1 year and buy equipment for our Chaka Youth Football Project.
March 2015 Trip
We would like to say the biggest thank you to our 2015 Kenya 22 family which raised over £12,500 for the children we are supporting in Kenya.
The team of 15 were great fun and it was a huge pleasure to spend 12 days with them visiting children, meeting world famous athletes, going on safari and running the Rift Valley Marathon. It was truly humbling how they embraced the trip and supported the various children we met. We look forward to seeing you all in Kenya again very soon.
Here’s what one of our guests, Ali Mathers had to say about it:
“The trip for me is so hard to describe through words! It was utterly inspirational and humbling to visit the Pavilion Village. I was in awe with the humility of all the children and young people. The sense of pride, ownership and family connection was overwhelming. I actually stayed at Pavilion Village and embraced the life there. The resilience and sheer robustness of the children was quite amazing! Visiting the homes of children made me realize how not only lucky we are in the UK but also how materialistic and stimulated we are by unnecessary nonsense. Kenya was so beautiful – the lushness of the country was incredible. The sun rises and sunsets was stunning!”
See more of the amazing pictures here