Guest Author - Rev. Jackie O´Neal S.T.M.
Travelers participating in Micato Safaris can enjoy the benefits of not only re-energizing, but also making a difference in the lives of people in need.
Micato collaborates with its non-profit arm, AmericaShare. Founded twenty years ago by Micato Safaris, AmericaShare now supports about two thousand children in schools and orphanages throughout East Africa.
Psychologist, Matti Gershenfeld, Ed.D..wrote: “A vacation is a diversion. You stop doing stress-inducing stuff, and start doing something else, and the sense of escape can leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated- all ready to take on the world.”
Certainly Micato Safaris travelers get a huge sense of taking on the world- even before the vacation is over.
During their safaris, travelers have the opportunity to visit AmericaShare projects and spend time with children. In addition, travelers can enjoy the rewards of sponsoring a child and support the mission of underwriting the expense of one year in boarding school.
Statistics drawn from AIDS organizations estimate that 24.5 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, as a result of the AIDS pandemic, a huge number of youth have been left orphaned. Currently, there are 1.1 million AIDS orphans in Kenya.
Micato Safaris funds the mission of AmericaShare in order to offer help to youth and adults touched by poverty and AIDS in Kenya.
The benefits of a vacation include escaping every day stress and mundane routine. Dr. Gershenfeld noted: “You talk to different people, do different things, and experience life in a different environment-perhaps in a different culture.”
For many, going on safari can seem like an exotic, once in a lifetime adventure, but with Micato Safari, the added value of helping to change the course of a person’s life for the better, makes the investment more than worthwhile. It's investment in human capital.
Just as many of us dream of taking on a safari vacation someday, the children orphaned by AIDS dream of attending school. Your support can make it a reality.