Extend your love to East Africa!

Hello, dear friends and supporters!

Feel free to check out my previous campaign
https://www.gofundme.com/2655cbw (or simply click on my name below the Donate button) which describes who I am. Here I will cut to the chase:

Time has come for another project. I am departing in just over three weeks, on May 9th, 2018 for an extensive five week visit to Kenya and Tanzania. The purpose of this trip is to research whether it is plausible for me to stay in the region for extended duration in the future, with intent to open or supervise a facility for orphaned children.

There are numerous things in the area I need to get familiarized with. The climate, specifically whether I can endure the unrelenting equatorial sun, without the western amenities. How to cope with local diseases. Where and what kind of residential properties and land are available. What is the cost of residency. Laws, regulations, and how the social services operate.

This will require substantial transit, translation (my knowledge of Swahili is basic, as is the English of most locals), assistance, and appointments. As I’ve learned before, getting to an interview may take several days or not happen at all due to miscommunication, differing concept of time, road conditions, or individuals simply being overextended with their existing duties. So I’m keeping my goals, and their order fluid.

The main agenda is:

1. Visit at least two children’s homes in each country to observe and interview the management or find opportunity for future employment or volunteering. There are dozens of orphanages in the area that I have contacted. Where I visit depends on their availability. I will post updates as I learn more.

2. Interview a social services representative about child care and placement.

3. Find out everything else through experience and word of mouth. Including property values and rental prices, because realtors as such may not exist.

This is where I need your invaluable support. I am not sponsored by any organizations, this is a self-funded endeavor. I have purchased the airfare and all the relevant visas, immunizations and malaria prophylactic. I will be staying on the spare surfaces of some locals I’ve met during a previous visit, and figuring out the rest of my lodging as I traverse.

I am seeking your support to raise $2000 to cover:

- Visits to several children’s homes
- Visit to Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya
- Local transportation in Kenya
- Local transportation in Tanzania
- Ground transit between the two countries
- Interpreter compensation

This is not an “all or nothing” campaign, which means the funds will be available and tremendously helpful whether or not the financial goal is reached. No amount is too small or shameful. EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS and will be used appropriately!

If you are in a pinch and cannot spare any money you can still help – by sharing this campaign! Please share it on your Facebook page, Twitter or email it to your friends. EVERY SHARE COUNTS and will bring me closer to extending your love to East Africa!

If you’ve never donated through GoFundMe before - worry not - it’s an easy card transaction. Even international donations can be made. If internet is not your style – cash or offline donations can be made. Simply post a comment and I will get in touch with you. You can even donate from your phone!

I am grateful for your support and the time you took to read this. Supporting this campaign means exercising personal power to impact the world as an individual and affect a positive change as a community. Your support will enable me to take proactive steps toward realizing my purpose. I have just under a month to raise the funds for this trip. Please donate and share and together, let’s make this happen!
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Kristina Aslyozova 
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