Kenya Social Justice and Society is a two-month field program in rural Kenya. We will be learning about Luo and Maasai culture and history and the fundamental social justice issues they face. The program is centered on knowledge of local experts and partnership with grassroots organizations on community-led projects. The primary focuses will be on building meaningful relationships and the ethics of international service. 

 

The program is run in partnership with Western Washington University, but open to students from all universities. Course themes are interdisciplinary and include subjects such as gender and race dynamics; colonialism, slavery, modern history; analysis of foreign aid through case studies; global health; food security; citizenship and social advocacy.

KEY FEATURES

  • Study social justice, society, and collaborative international service in rural Kenya
  • Work with Ombogo Girls Academy and ABBA Self Help Group on education and community building projects
  • Learn about Luo and Maasai culture, history, and religion
  • Travel to Kochia, a rural village along the shores of Lake Victoria, and Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley
  • 15 credits through Western Washington University

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Jan 9 - Mar 23, 2018

$7,950per student

INCLUDES:
  • 15 credits through Western Washington University
  • International airfare
  • Daily living expenses (food, lodging)
  • In-country transportation
  • Admissions (temples, parks, etc.)
  • Field excursions
  • Travel health insurance
NOT INCLUDED:
  • Visa
  • Immunizations/personal medical expenses
  • Independent travel
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COMMUNITY PARTNER: OMBOGO GIRLS ACADEMY

The Ombogo Girls’ Academy (OGA) is an all girls’ boarding school, catering to girls between the ages of 15 and 19. The Academy was developed to improve the status of girls in an area rampant with HIV, gender disparities, and inadequate educational opportunities. Many of the students at OGA have been orphaned by AIDS. Our partnership with the Academy consists of friendship building, peer-youth leadership training, and co-education about our respective cultures, beliefs, politics, and other aspects of our worlds. Our students develop close friendships with Ombogo students, teach and attend classes at the school, lead Q and A sessions, and share personal life stories. Many students continue their friendships with Ombogo girls after they return to the states.

 

COMMUNITY PARTNER: ABBA SELF HELP GROUP

Located in Kochia, Kenya, ABBA runs integrated educational, social, health and agricultural community projects to support vulnerable populations. ABBA began as an orphanage founded in 2007 by a couple, Sylvia and Emmanual, who initiated several income-generating projects to self-sustain and expand their work. Today, ABBA runs a primary school for 390 children, including 100 orphans and 30 children with learning disabilities, operates a community clinic, and supports the elderly community members with food and basic necessities such as bedding and soap. The food for the school and elderly is grown in their farms, and they run a small dairy for milk and butter.

 

TRIP LEADERS
Liz Mogford

Associate Professor of Sociology, Western Washington University

Steve Bennett

Faculty Trip Leader

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