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School of dentistry calls for IDA members interested in Kenya trip

9/13/2012

Have you been thinking about a trip to Kenya?
 
A recent article in the ADA News focused attention on IU School of Dentistry’s academic partnership with Moi U. School of Dentistry. This program is part of a 20+ years partnership between IU School of Medicine and Moi University in Eldoret, which is located in Western Kenya.
 
As a result of the ADA News article there have been some inquiries about organizing a trip to Kenya. Consequently there is interest in knowing if there may be IDA members who are interested in joining a group to travel to East Africa to witness the dynamic work of IU Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and other academic partners. 
 
The proposed time frame is about 12 days beginning mid-January 2013. The optimal number of travelers would be about 18 people. The group would spend a day or two in Nairobi, and then fly to the world famous Masai Mara game reserve for safari. Then on to Eldoret to visit Moi University and the IU-Kenya Partnership. While in Eldoret we will visit Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, the Riley Mother Baby Hospital, Moi University School of Dentistry and various programs including Tumaini which is a drop-in center for Eldoret’s many street children.
 
The plans include a second safari which will tour Lake Nakuru National Reserve to see exotic birds including a million flamingos, in addition to lions, and the rare white rhinos in addition to countless other exotic animals. Accommodations in Eldoret will be at the IU compound which comfortably houses American faculty, researchers and visitors to the IU-Kenya partnership. 
 
Housing on safari will be at highly rated safari hotels. Cost of round trip airfare to Nairobi, and then on to Eldoret is currently about $2,500. Additional costs are expected to be approximately $3,500; therefore cost per person is likely to be around $6,000 based on double occupancy. 
 
IUSD Dean, Dr. John Williams and his wife, Ms. Lucy Williams are planning to be part of the group. IUSD faculty member, Karen Yoder, leads dental students and other faculty members in an annual three-week service-learning trip to Kenya and plans to participate in escorting this proposed tour. She and her husband, IDA member, Dr. Keith Yoder worked in East Africa five years and have extensive experience traveling in East Africa. Those who wish to participate should be hearty souls, expect the unexpected and be flexible. The roads are less than optimal but the safaris are spectacular. Witnessing the good that is happening through the IU-Kenya Partnership will make you proud to be from Indiana. 
 
For more information please contact Karen Yoder (kmyoder@iupui.edu) or mobile phone 260.413.7462.

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