“Trip of a Lifetime” Isn’t a Cliché!

Walking homeSaying “trip of a lifetime” is a cliché, but traveling for the well dedication (or commissioning, as the Kenyans call it) is the right term here. For the first time in their history, the women of Oltorotua no longer have to carry heavy water containers and spend most of every day walking 4-6 miles to fetch unclean water. For the first time in their lives, the water they now drink and cook with is clean and conveniently available. The Maasai of Oltorotua are deeply grateful for the miracle of clean water that we helped give them and want to personally thank those who contributed at the February 14 th ceremony.  That means Rotary members, my friends and people I met while touting Oltorotua’s need for clean water, and members of my Unitarian Universalist congregation! All of you! In other words, if you’re reading this, you are invited!

There are Options for the travel 

Since you will be in Kenya to attend the dedication, you can also visit the Maasai Mara, Kenya’s huge wildlife reserve near Oltorotua. Though alternative two below is priced on very few days in Kenya, even that selection can be extended.

Here are the Options: 

1. Two members of my congregation, Bob and Jane Ladner, and I will begin our safari on February 5 at the historic Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi and then travel to Sweetwaters Safari Camp, and the Kericho Tea Hotel, with return February 15, after the dedication. Look online at these locations and you will see no resemblance to camping when you were young! Jackson Liaram, the Maasai junior elder whom you met when he visited in 2013, will be our guide part of the time. In this option you arrange air transportation; the cost of excellent lodging with most meals and transportation within Kenya will be about $5000.00. Contact me (writer@marybk.com) if you want to know more.

2. Rotary members have invited UUCF members and friends to join a shorter trip that will leave Dulles February 11 and return February 15. Anticipated cost will be about $2000, including airfare (a fantastic price if they can make those arrangements). These plans are not finalized and Travel Leaders plans to offer options that allow a longer stay in Kenya and possibly other African destinations. Contact Lori (Lori.Wentworth@travelleaders.com or 301-863-6012).

No matter which option you choose, groups will meet at Fig Tree Camp near Oltorotua on Feb. 13 and 14 for game drives and a chance to experience life in the Maasai village of Oltorotua before the dedication ceremony. Updates as both plans are finalized will be posted here.


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