Security in Kenya

Walindwa Security Statement

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Department of State updated its warning to U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Kenya, with a focus on northeastern Kenya, the Nairobi area, the coastal counties and the coastal cities of Mombasa and Diani. State Department warnings are always taken seriously by Walindwa, but after an assessment of the situation we believe there is no reason for undue concern during our current trip.

Security

While international travel always involves a degree of risk, Walindwa’s work in the Rift Valley of Kenya is far from the hot spots in the country. Although air travel through Nairobi is necessary, we plan our trips to minimize the amount of time spent in the city and to avoid locations that could be targets for either local crime or terrorist actions. When an overnight stay in Nairobi is required, we carefully choose accommodations in the most secure areas of the city.

As U.S. citizens and Christians in Kenya, team members are extremely vigilant with regard to their personal security, particularly in crowded public places. We use commonsense precautions at all times, such as avoiding crowded transportation venues; visiting businesses and tourist areas only during daylight hours, locking doors and windows of vehicles and lodging facilities. We carry minimal amounts of cash and credit cards, do not wear jewelry which attracts undue attention and strive to always be aware of our surroundings.

The U.S. Embassy remains open for normal operations and we always register our trips with STEP – the Safe Traveler Enrollment Program. Although travel can never be guaranteed as 100% safe, we endeavor to prudently assess the conditions for each trip and take responsible actions to minimize the risks. At this time, we look forward to continuing our trips to Kenya and our work in the Rift Valley.