SEATTLE, Wash – After highly successful leadership trips to Ethiopia (October 2009) and Guatemala (March 2010), Wildland Adventures and the Americans for UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) continue their partnership and announce a nine-day Kenya Leadership Delegation tour August 8 – 16, 2010, followed by a six-day extension to Tanzania.
The object of these leadership delegations is to highlight the life-saving work done by UNFPA in promoting women’s health care and the rights of women and children worldwide. Anika Rahman, President of Americans for UNFPA, describes the experience; “It is truly a privilege to walk shoulder to shoulder with such proud and dignified women and to strive with them towards our mutual goals.” She continues, “Barriers between participants and the local people disappear; the ‘us and them’ becomes, simply, ‘us’.”
Escorted by executive staff members from UNFPA, the Kenya Leadership Delegation itinerary focuses on three thematic areas; reproductive health, including youth HIV/AIDS prevention; population and development; and gender issues. Participants will meet with Kenyan government ministers, members of parliament and visit UNFPA supported programs including the V-Day Safe House for Girls, a haven for young girls seeking refuge from female genital cutting and early marriage. In addition, the tour highlights some of the most dramatic scenery in Africa with visits to Lake Nakuru and the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
At the conclusion of the Kenya program, a six-day extension is available to the iconic game parks and premiere wildlife concessions of northern Tanzania. The group will observe the massive herds of elephants as they congregate in Tarangire in the dry season, search for the highly endangered black rhinoceros in the Ngorongoro Crater and experience the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world – the Serengeti National Park.
The Kenya trip cost includes a $1250 tax-deductible donation to Americans for UNFPA, directly supporting the work of UNFPA on behalf of women and children globally. Following the Kenya tour, the final 2010 leadership delegation will visit Cambodia and Laos in October.