August 7, 2013

No Risk to Youth Volunteers in Kenya: Fire at Kenya International Airport


Canada World Youth is monitoring the situation in Kenya with the recent fire at the Kenya’s International Airport, which took place today, August 7th, 2013. The fire is not a risk to the safety of our youth volunteers currently in Kenya. Youth volunteers travelling from Kenya left yesterday and were not affected by the airport fire. Youth volunteers currently in Kenya remain safely in their host communities outside of the capital city of Nairobi, where the fire took place. KENVO and their host communities are located in the central province, for which there is no travel advisory.We are working closely with our Kenyan partner organization, KENVO, to monitor the situation and ensure the best possible solutions for safe travel to and from Kenya.

We are in regular communication with Kenya Airways to determine the best possible options available for international travel if the airport remains closed on the date of departure for volunteers travelling to Kenya and for those returning to Canada.

If you have any immediate questions or concerns please contact Eric Lefebvre, Director of Recruitment and Risk Management at:

Toll Free: 1-800-605-3526 extension 341

Cell: 514-513-8444 (Emergencies of after work hours)

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Canada World Youth is dedicated to enriching the lives of youth aged up to 35 who want to become informed and active global citizens. CWY offers international transformative learning experiences focused on building knowledge, leadership and skills through participation in sustainable community-driven projects. For more than 40 years, 38,000 youth and 12,000 host families have participated in CWY programs, in Canada and abroad.

CWY is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency as a charitable organization (#118973999RR0001).

Source : Mary McGee, Communications Officer, Canada World Youth, 514 931-3526 # 336,

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Mary McGee
1 800 605-3526 #336
514 931-3526 # 336