From Mombasa hotel at 0630hrs
Traditional dance, music and theatre Combine to offer a Kenyan cultural experience. An opportunity to purchase a local hand made product available at the end of the visit
Workshops and Cultural Centre is located in Mombasa, Kenya, and works with more than 100 people with different abilities, men and women artisans to help them overcome their physical limitations and empower them economically and socially to become fully integrated members of their communities, also providing social benefits to the workers e.g. Clinic, Nursery School, Social Hall, Sports, HIV Prevention, etc. Bombolulu started in 1969 and the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya took over in 1987.
This nonprofit organization produces crafts of a very high standard and gives vocational training to people with special abilities. we have 4 sheltered workshops, producing a range of jewelry, textile, wood and leather products. An on-staff designer creates new products, including the trademark Bombolulu recycled materials design pieces.
Every year, thousands of different designs are produced for items of jewelry, wood, leather and soft furnishings. The workshops have a production capacity of nearly 250,000 separate items per annum. Many years of successful exporting have established the workshops as a reliable supplier and the project is a member of the WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization) and it is the trading partner of PEOPLink/OpenEntry (USA). Bombolulu includes housing units for artisans, artisan workshops and a Cultural Centre which comprises of different traditional homesteads of the diverse tribes of Kenya.
Bombolulu Workshops and Cultural Centre is a programme of The Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), Coast Branch that operates several workshops and a cultural centre through which it offers social and economic rehabilitation and empowerment of people with disabilities.
It is a self sustaining, non-profit and Fair-Trade organisation and also an APDK Programme that seeks to forge strategic alliances and partnerships with others to advance its cause. Bombolulu Workshops and Cultural Centre is governed by a Management Committee nominated from the APDK, Coast Branch membership. The day-to-day running of the workshops and cultural Centre is done by the Programme Manager and the management staff. The Programme Manager reports directly to the APDK Coast Branch Executive Officer.
Bombolulu Workshops and Cultural Centre was established to empower people with disability socially and economically, and to enable them realize their full potential in their lives.
To Create A Kenyan community where people with disability are economically and socially empowered and fully integrated into the society.
To Enable persons with disabilities to overcome their physical limitations and empower them economically and socially to become self reliant and fully integrated members of their communities.
Bombolulu Workshops and Cultural Centre believes that in order to realize and deliver our vision to the people with disability in Kenya, and for effective and excellent performance of our work, certain values are necessary to guide our actions.Both our members and staff understand these values, which are not only aligned to our mission but also distinguish us from other organizations.
The Bombolulu Workshops and Cultural Centre Values are:
1) Fairness- We conduct our business without fear or favour and in a manner that is fair to all.
2) Excellence – We conduct our business in a professional and competent manner. Client confidentiality and excellence in our work are core aspects of our professionalism.
3) Empowerment – As the organization seeks to empower people with disability, we truly believe that all processes of our engagement should be empowering. We believe in empowering engagements both with our staff and other stakeholders.
4) Integrity – We conduct our business with utmost honesty, integrity, transparency and in an accountable manner. We believe in mutual respect for each and every individual.
5) Learning Organization – We learn from our experience and are always looking for innovative ways of improving our work.
6) Team work – We carry out our work as a team.