SUSTAINABLE TOURISM FOR INCLUSIVE GROWTH.

TRAVELING INFORMATION.

Summary:

Our objective is to be an outstanding organization to impact knowledge that contributes positively to the entire tourism industry and ethical travelling as well.

INTRODUCTION.

We would like to welcome you to Mwangaza Bidii Project and Ethical Traveling/Tourism Platform for engagement with our projects that allows travelers to discover, support, and interact with our organization and benefit our community as well. We connect with interested travelers to participate in activities directly organized by us. We do this through our staff, our volunteers and our members.

You travel while visiting Githurai will make an impact because you care about us! Your travel experiences will make a difference too! Ready to make a change, one visit at a time and immersive travel experiences you won’t find anywhere else i.e., hike, weave, bike, surf & cook with local communities, but this time, making an impact.

Tours and activities are developed with environmental sustainability in mind, that is;

  • Include meaningful and respectful interaction with members of the community if and when appropriate.
  • Maintain a respectful approach towards local cultural traditions and social structures previously established.
  • Reinvest proceeds back into the community through projects or a shared profit model.
  • Operate with the involvement, consent, and engagement of the local community and ensure benefits to local community members.
  • Our tours are socially responsible and will benefit the community thus we will make socially conscious travel easy, fun, and accessible.
  • Visits will provide our organization with additional revenue that will be invested directly back into the community. They will increase local demand for guides, food, accommodation, and other hospitality needs, there by triggering communal economic development. Just by showing up and paying (an affordable price) for the visit, visitors will be making a positive impact.
  • It will be an eye-opening, transformative experiences foster relationships, educate donors, and contribute to a better informed public discussion and improved public policy.
  • Visitors will be generating additional support and income for our great organization, bolster the capacity to accomplish the goals as they strengthen our organization, they will enhance our work towards strengthening humanity.

While Ethical travel is a mindful travel and an awareness of impact for one to explore the world, our style of travel means you will stay under the radar, travel the local way, eat the local way and sleep the local way, home stay accommodation will be nice, get meeting with local people. Truly, it will be local friendly/local specialties.

Equally importantly, we have a variety of social, leisure activities and tourist destinations in our country Kenya and in this connection, we arrange tour expeditions and then invite tourists/travelers and the holiday makers to promote tourism and benefit local Githurai community.

We seek to give a voice to travelers to share their concerns and recommendations in order to encourage more equitable and sustainable tourism and travel.

We are joined by our passion for experiential travel and social impact. We are building the platform for engagement with potential time travelers while allowing millions of users to discover, support, and interact with our organization both virtually and in-person.

We aim to help travelers to take responsibility for their impact by choosing ethical options for what to do, duration of stay and being responsible, sensitive and wellinformed whilst travelling.

Volunteering.

Wanting to travel and experience new cultures in Githurai is surely a good thing. One could say the same about volunteering and in return; it will bring real benefits to the destinations and provide them a rewarding experience.

 People who volunteer overseas generally hope to do something interesting that they will learn from and that will help other people.

They will then experience the real community and the community would get real benefits as a result. Our organization aims to promote best practice in volunteering, to maximize the beneficial developmental impacts in the community where volunteering will take place, minimize the negative impacts, and to ensure volunteers have a worthwhile experience.

Tours may comprise of individuals, private/public groups, students, funding groups, investors, families, students etc.

More on volunteering information’s see on a separate form.

Events.

While attending events, like workshops, fundraising events and conferences there will be a great opportunity to ask questions, discuss and hear about what issues there are to consider and what marketing blurb to avoid.

Tourist Attractions are;

  • Historical sites
  • Scenery and Landscape
  • Wildlife and Marine
  • Other

What we do:

  • Handling Inbound and outbound Tours.
  • Reservations for both Hotels and Airlines and flights.
  • Handling inquiry from tourists/visitors and offering quick turnaround time responses.
  • Handling of the clients queries face to face and responding to clients’ emails.
  • Developing new relationships to increase partnership volume.
  • Analyzing competent market activity and trends in the tourism industry.
  • Identifying and exploiting tourism opportunities.
  • Bringing in new tourists/visitors while retaining existing ones.
  • Reservations and costing of trips for the tourists/visitors.
  • Management of fleet for the safari.
  • Quoting trips for the clients and doing reservation for them in lodges and airlines.
  • Preparation of brochures and safari costing for clients
  • Preparation of itineraries.
  • Preparation of trips for the tourists/visitors.
  • Handling of the guest at the ports (Cruise ships/Liners docking)/airports of entry as well as meet and greet.
  • Handling of the guest at the ports/airports of entry as well as meet and greet.
  • Making the organization realize its global goals and objectives.

You will get as close to real life as possible (without actually moving in). You will have the unsurpassed knowledge of a local leader, taking you out of the guidebooks and into a world you will be waiting to discover. And with regular departures on our trips, you will be bound to find something that’s just right for you and that is; big adventures.

Through ethical travelling, visitors will provide additional revenue that will be invested directly back into the community which will support initiatives in education, gender equality, child welfare, sustainable development, environmental conservation, sports and other initiatives that we runs.

They will increase local demand for guides, food, accommodation, and other hospitality needs, thereby triggering communal economic development. Just by showing up and paying (an affordable price) for the visit, visitors are making a positive impact.

Visitors will immersive travel experiences they won’t find anywhere else i.e., hiking, weaving, biking, surfing& cooking with local communities, in these times, making an impact.

How It Works.

We (will) work closely with you to design an itinerary unique to our history, mission, expertise, and surroundings. This is a flexible process; each visit opportunity is tailored to maximize impact and ensure longterm, mutuallybeneficial relationships between our organization and visitors.

Our partnership will be an open dialogue, and we welcome all suggestions as to how we can better serve you.

Moreover, its members have participated in numerous operations concerning educational, humanistic, social, cultural and environmental activities.

About Your Visit.

To take part in our Ethical Travel trips, the actionpacked outing will be tailored to get visitors and the travelers to sample the beauty and the fantastic tourist’s attractions that Kenya has and will offer!

Once you have decided to visit us, link up with us with the following updates so that you prepare your trip.

  • Tell us about your planned visit.
  • What is your preferred language?
  • Do you have a preferred start time?
  • Who is visiting with you (adults, family, professionals etc.)?
  • What do you love about this organization?
  • What part of the visit are you looking forward to the most?

There are plenty of spectacular destinations and places that are fullin-tray in Kenya that will ensure you and your family and friends will have unforgettable trips. Just grab your camera and kick-start off your journey and experience the best of Kenya places!

These magical places will put the sparkle during your Altruistic travel/intrepid and inspire dream getaways that will spice up your travel in Kenya as well.

We coordinate these activities through with our staff, our volunteers and our members.

Our Values.

At Githurai Community Organization, we respect for people, all cultures and the environment is at the core of everything we do. We strive to understand the different needs and contexts of our community as well as behave with integrity and honesty at all times.

We want to make tourism and ethical travel fair and a positive experience for both travelers and the people and places they visit.

Our approach to tourism development: We participate in the decision making about tourism development where we live.

Security is our top priority.

Our Current Focus.

We make socially conscious travel easy, fun, and accessible. We best match with culturally immersive, impactful activities out there. Travelers add half or multi-day experiences to their itinerary and have an off-the-beaten path adventure they will feel good about. Our system will allow participating in the new global economy, where tour revenue and tour proceeds will be invested back towards supporting the local community projects to improve the livelihood of locals.

Ambassadors are the ones who will be promoting our tours.

For our projects to receive ethical visitors, we will work hand in hand with ambassadors so as to connect us with ethical travelers through blogging and travelling, thus. Become a travel blogger and travel the world as your career!

They will then create a stunning profile page for our organization to market and promote us online.

Our Affiliate Program is completely FREE! An ambassador will get paid and receive a 10% commission on each tour booked by his/her readers.

Ambassadors will let our organization raise funds and awareness for our cause by opening our door to visitors.

There are three types of ambassadors : (currently we are looking for ambassadors)

Photography Ambassador.

Ambassadors will support our great organization by taking photographs and videos of their facilities, activities, and surrounding landscape or share our existing travel images from us.

They do collaborate with hotels hostels/hostelling, Institutions, social media/blogging and etc.

Storytelling Ambassadors.

Enhance the mission of our impactful work by sharing the unique stories with the world: write blog posts, review visits, tell the story of our community and recount our social travel adventure.

Travel Ambassadors.

Will identify and help on-board and connect our project globally. Whether you will be exploring abroad or discovering our community, you will be a traveler contributing to Githurai Community Project network!

We would love you to join us as an ambassador or else …..

How does a typical tour itinerary look like?

Our nonprofit project represents a diverse array of causes; no organization is too big or too small. We include everything from tours to presentations to interactive workshops. Our team would be happy to work with you to develop the most exciting and effective itinerary appropriate for our organization.

Your tours will allow our organization to raise funds and awareness by offering in-person visits genuinely interested in our work.

Build strong relations with visitors:

Once visitors will experience our programs, interact with staff and volunteers passionate about our mission, meet members of the community (when appropriate), and understand our overall impact, they will be more inclined to support our organization’s work through donations, connections, and long-term advocacy efforts. We obtain visitor’s contacts information and follow up with them regarding future engagement.

Your travel to our organizations will add a source of revenue, which will be directly reinvested back into the community to spur developments.

Just by encouraging and spreading this news to others, to book with us, they will be making a positive impact.

Our network:

We will have access to our team of sustainable tourism and social impact professionals around the world, and will be able to tap into our wide network of donors and as the partnership develops.

Outreach:

As we are a global platform, our organization will have the opportunity to reach millions of Internet users around the world. Our marketing efforts will expose our work to new audiences who currently have no way of learning about us.

Earned Revenue:

The organization will receive 100% of your tour donations and then this revenue will be invested back to our impactful programs. We collect a fee from our users on tour bookings processed from us.

We are a social enterprise building a long-term sustainable business that focuses on environmental, social, and financial returns. We utilize the efficacy of a for-profit tech startup in order to advance our cause of nonprofit.

All financial cash and in-kind contributions that will be made through this site will be used solely to advance the vision, mission and goals of the Mwangaza Bidii Project and will make this dream a reality.

Grants or Contributions:

Are donations for programs, operating support or defined community projects.

Community Sponsorships:

Are civic and community activities that are underwritten to raise money for nonprofit organizations or other charitable causes. Events may include benefit dinners, galas, breakfast, luncheons, and other activities that are event driven.

About Kenya

Kenya is a country in East Africa with coastline on the Indian Ocean. It encompasses savannah, lake lands, and the dramatic Great Rift Valley and mountain highlands. It’s also home to wildlife like lions, elephants and rhinos. From Nairobi, the capital, safaris visit the Maasai Mara Reserve, known for its annual wildebeest migrations, and Amboseli National Park, offering views of Tanzania’s 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Country: Kenya

Demonym: Kenyan

Capital: Nairobi (and largest city)

Population: 50 million (2019) World Bank

Currency: Kenyan shilling

President: Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta

Official languages: Kiswahili [1] and English

National language: Kiswahili [1]

Gini index: (A measurement of the income distribution of a country’s residents.)

(2019)42.9[6]

Medium • (48Th)

HDI: (Human Development Index)

(2016)0.550[6]

Low • (145Th)

Dialing code: +1

GDP per capita: 1,250.50 USD ‎ (2016)

Life expectancy: 65 years ‎ (2016)

Time zone EAT: (UTC+3)

Date format: dd/mm/yy (AD)

Weather: Warm and cool throughout the year.

Legislature:        

  • Upper house
  • Lower house

– Parliament

– Senate

– National Assembly

Religion: Christian Nation

Tribes: 45

Portal: Jambo ( Hi/Hello) Karibu (Welcome)

Drives on the: left

ISO 3166 code: KE

Area:

  • Total: 581,309 km2 (49th)

              224,960 sq mi

  • Water (%): 2.3

Internet TLD (Top-level domain): .ke

Motto: “Harambee” (Kiswahili) “Let us all pull together”

National Anthem: Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu (Kiswahili)

O God of all creation (English)

Cuisine:

  • Ugali (Cornmeal Staple)
  • Irio (Mashed Peas and Potato Mix)
  • Githeri (Beans and Corn)
  • Kenyan Pilau (Spiced Rice)
  • Waliwa Nazi (Coconut Rice)
  • Sukuma Wiki (Collard Greens / Kale)
  • Masala Chips (French Fries Masala)
  • Chips Mayai (French Fries and Egg)
  • Chai (Kenyan style tea)
  • Samosas
  • Grilled Maize
  • Mandazi (Kenyan Doughnut)
  • Kachumbari/Salad
  • Chapati (Flatbread)
  • Matoke (Plantain Banana Stew)
  • NyamaChoma (Roasted Meat) – Pride of Kenyan Food

About Githurai

Githurai is in the Eastern part of Nairobi (capital city of Kenya), about 12 km’s from the city centre. It is a residential area for the middle and lower class citizens, who are employed or self-employed within Githurai and its outskirts. The largest parts of population are children and young people. Githurai used to be a National Park.

It comprises of three wards namely; Mwiki (25,000 people), Kiuu (50,000 people), Mwihoko (20,000 people) respectively.

There are many enterprises (firms, businesses) in Githurai Community which provides goods and/or services to consumers.

Most of these businesses are privately owned. Githurai businesses support activities like production of goods like shoes, clothes, furniture, bags, metal works etc. and also offer services which range from salons, barber shops, car wash, medical services, restaurants etc.

In Githurai there are: consumer-oriented stores, agriculture businesses, financial businesses, information businesses, transportation businesses, real estate businesses and utilities.

With a majority of children and young people of who demand for schools is similarly high. Existing schools can be categorized into Public Schools (Governmentbased) and Private Schools (Individual or Organization Owned). The high demand for schools has resulted to an increase in the number of private schools.

Besides these, there are other institutions i.e., colleges and polytechnics.

Health, being a key factor in any society, has been given a great deal of consideration in this community. There are a total 3 health facility providers within Githurai community. Dispensaries provide the health care services at a subsidized cost as compared to that of the hospitals. There are 2 Dispensaries in Githurai which are Public (Government owned).

Nursing homes provide personalized services.

On security wise, there is maximum security and thus there are no cases of crime acts.

Mwangaza Bidii Project and Ethical Traveling Cancellation Policy:

We have our own cancellation Policy of which we prefer to use (as described below.)

The customer is entitled to cancel his booking up to 10 workdays before the booked tour date, free of charge (except for transaction fees). If canceled within the permissible time period, there will be no payment to the Provider.

If a customer/traveler cancels a booking between 9 and 5 days before the booked tour date, he/she will receive a 50% refund.

If a visitor/traveler cancels a booking between 4 and 0 days before the booked tour date, or if he/she does not attend the tour, he/she will still be obligated to pay the full tour price, which is transferred to the Provider.

I understand that I am responsible for the accuracy of the information above. It is my responsibility to promptly notify Mwangaza Bidii Project and  Ethical Traveling of any changes to the information above.

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Visitor’s safety is the top priority and complies with Mwangaza Bidii Project and Ethical Travelling Safety & Security Rules.

Mwangaza Bidii Project and Ethical Traveling Cancellation Policy:

We have our own Cancellation Policy of which we prefer to use as described below.

(1.) The visitor/traveler is entitled to cancel his booking up to 10 workdays before the booked tour date, free of charge (except for transaction fees). If canceled within the permissible time period, there will be no payment to the Provider.

(2.) If a visitor/traveler cancels a booking between 9 and 5 days before the booked tour date, he/she will receive a 50% refund.

(3.) If a visitor/traveler cancels a booking between 4 and 0 days before the booked tour date, or if he/she does not attend the tour, he/she will still be obligated to pay the full tour price, which is transferred to the Provider.

What you should know about Mwangaza Bidii Project Ethical Travel Online Payment Agreement:

Visitors will be charged in USD. If the exchange rate between USD and the local currency varies significantly, it will be your responsibility to ask to adjust the price accordingly. When sending payment to us for your tours, you will bear the cost of exchange rate fees between USD and our local currency (1%-3%).

I understand that I am responsible for the accuracy of the information above. It is my responsibility to promptly notify Mwangaza Bidii Project and Ethical Travel of any changes to the information above.

 

 

“The greatest thing I love about Tourism and Ethical traveling is that it brings and units different people from all over the world and making significant contributions in the communities.”