While we typically spend the bulk of our time on creating amazing travel experiences for others in our Tribù tribe, once in a while we have one of those unforgettable trips ourselves—a new destination, a unique group, or a property we simply were eager to visit.
This past February, we had one of those experiences: One part philanthropy, one part women in business and a third part safari adventure. This particular safari started with a group of people—specifically a group of women—who were brought together with a common interest to experience a safari in Africa. This quickly evolved into a collaboration with the Nairobi non-profit The Pangea Network. The Pangea Network is an international non-profit dedicated to empowering motivated individuals in Kenya and the United States with the knowledge, skills and an ongoing network of support in order to achieve their dreams and make positive, life-changing contributions in the communities where they live.
Pangea Network founder Nicole Minor, along with Dorothy Ombajo, the organization’s Kenya Country Director; Will Forte, Actor & Goodwill ambassador to Pangea Network; and Colins Omondi, Central Field Officer invited our group of San Diego-based female business owners to collaborate, share ideas and learn from one another while also enjoying a safari experience together. The visit was timed with the graduation of 136 women from The Kenyan Women’s Network. This Pangea program introduces groups of women to a yearlong comprehensive curriculum spanning health and wellness practices, financial literacy, personal development, basic bookkeeping, basic business skills, human rights, and micro-financing program. The idea is that by educating a woman in Kenya, she then can make a major impact on her entire family and community.
The North County San Diego based group was comprised of Tribù Founder Marni Granston; official trip photographer Jessica Davis, of Solana Beach-based Jessica Davis Photography; joined by Heather Aiu, Rachael Soares and Alana Pedro of Aloha Collection, based in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Heather and Rachael are the co-founders of Aloha Collection, which is a line of splash-proof travel bags (check them out here—safari collection coming soon!), and Alana heads up sales. Our group also included from Cardiff, Libby Carstensen, a meditation and life coach who led kundalini yoga practice for the group and who plans to return to Africa leading wellness retreats; and Stacie Devitt from Del Mar, who is involved in both the Immigration Justice Project and Mona foundation, a non-profit organization that supports grassroots initiatives focused on education and raising the status of women and girls in the U.S. and abroad. It was quite a group!
From yoga practice to viewing baby elephants, meeting the recent graduates of Pangea Network’s education program, and being a part of such a meaningful women-helping-women initiative, the experience was nothing short of magical. Tribù’s Marni Granston, shares her experience from their time together in Kenya…
We started in Nairobi, Kenya, arriving late on the KLM flight from Amsterdam and went straight to the Crowne Plaza to rest up after the long journey from California. The next morning we were off to the beautiful suburb of Karen, home of the Giraffe Sanctuary and the endangered Rothschild giraffes. Some sassy and some friendly, the giraffes were eager to meet their visitors coming right up to us to accept food and even giving kisses!