Summary Of Project
We are an adventure-loving family whose philosophy in life is “it’s nice to be nice.” In 2018, we plan to combine these two passions by driving through South and East Africa to Europe and doing humanitarian projects along the way. Our focus is children’s health and education, made possible by sponsorship from both individuals and companies. Our goal is to teach our children the Swahili proverb, “Love has to be shown by deeds not words.”
There’s a Kenyan proverb that says, “traveling is learning.” We hope to teach our children that travel and exploration lead to a fuller life and a greater appreciation for different cultures and people. The world is a vast place, and while we may not be able to show them all of it, perhaps they will continue the journey together or on their own one day.
Although we are excited to explore new places as a family, we want our kids to understand that the greater privilege is helping others. To that end, we will be participating in volunteer projects along the way and facilitating donations of shoes, eyeglasses, clean water solutions, and mosquito nets for kids in rural villages. Additionally, we hope to leave each community with some much needed medical supplies. Our goal is to do what we can, where we can, wherever we are, even if it means making it up as we go along. This is Africa, after all.
In addition to the humanitarian aspect of our trip, we intend to review various components of our travel from the gear we’ve been sponsored to border crossings to family friendly accommodation. In doing so, we hope to encourage other families to visit the communities that we intend to serve as well as see that travel in Africa is attainable. Although many families would like to travel to Africa for pleasure or volunteer purposes, the continent can seem daunting to those with young children. We hope that by traveling with our two kids and by working in needy communities, we can demonstrate that the continent is not only accessible and safe, but also fun and rewarding.