Kerry Tailford via Crowdrise
March 21, 2011
BENEFITING: Maasai Wilderness Conservation
EVENT DATE: Mar 10, 2011
HOURS PLEDGED: 149
I wanted to raise some money for them to help them get the equipment they need for example a truck they are desperately needing. I had no idea at the time that you can't just send them a truck, it's so expensive and the terrain out there is unforgivable to wheels and suspension. So I decided to raise some money for them in the hope that I could help in some way.
Health & Water are issues that play a vital role in a sustainable future for the community. Very few clinics exist, forcing the Maasai to travel up to 60 miles for treatment where medical needs are met by paramedics. Lack of education about disease, treatment and prevention persists. In addition, competition for water between livestock and wildlife, as well as the demand for clean water for people, puts enormous pressure on both the ecosystem and the community.
MY PROJECT GOALS:
• Construct Medical Facilities
• Employ doctors and nurses
• Buy an ambulance to serve the entire community
• Distribute information about specific prevalent diseases: AIDS, malaria, cholera and tuberculosis
• Create new water sources for the community and develop a sustainable water management plan for livestock
One of the greatest needs throughout the area inhabited by the Maasai is schooling. The lack of educational facilities has greatly contributed to the poverty and loss of economic self determination for the Maasai. Education for most Maasai children begins late as few schools exist and are too far away for young children to attend. For this reason, going to school has never been an option.
Providing a well balanced education to Maasai children is incalculable in helping them gain an understanding of their own culture, identifying who they are and providing them with a perspective of the outside world. The aim of the educational project is solely to provide the children with the freedom of choice and the endless boundaries that come with knowledge and not in any way to impose on the lifestyle or cultural traditions of the Maasai or force Western views. It is the goal of MWCT to provide an education to the youth of Kuku Group Ranch which will enhance their future potential, teach them to embrace their cultural values, and ultimately allow them to have alternatives for their futures.
• Build or sponsor the building of schools and additional classrooms within Kuku Group Ranch
• Fund a teaching staff
• Improve access to computers and the internet for staff and students
• Fund educational scholarships on a merit basis at all levels
• Provide educational material such as textbooks, pencils, chalk and maps
So how can you help:
Directly with a donation. You will contribute to amazing projects in conservation, education and health
Or you can go and experience first hand these pioneering community based conservation programmes. The ecotourism safari you will experience at Campi ya Kanzi is unique, profound and unmatched in all of Africa. In this luxury eco lodge, which is a joint venture with the local Maasai, you will not just live your dream African safari, but you will significantly contribute (with a $100 conservation fee per person per day, paid to the Trust) to preserve the very same wilderness, wildlife and people you will be enjoying. You will not find a better and authentic African safari in Kenya. Book today this luxury safari camp is waiting for your arrival, please come to me personally for more details on visiting them
Lions are in trouble, across the African continent. Their numbers have dropped dramatically in the last 10 years: from an estimated population of 100,000 lions, in the entire Africa, to between 18,000 to 14,000 today. It has been found by experts in the field that East Africa holds at least half of the world's lions. The main threat to their survival is the sharing of their habitat with a growing human population: no herder can coexist with predators. Maasai are herders and their killing of lions is motivated by the will of protecting their livestock. Adherence to the traditional Maasai lion hunt (Olmayo) also plays a role.
Tourism operators and game scouts recorded a sudden increase in the incidence of lion killing during 2001 and 2002 on group ranches between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks. As an interim measure The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust mobilized game scouts and began negotiations with community members to reduce the lion killings.
In addition to implementing a livestock compensation scheme, it was agreed that detailed knowledge of the Kuku lion population would be necessary. As of April 2007, MWCT has begun collaboration with the Kilimanjaro Lion Conservation Project, a group of researchers / conservationists based in the neighboring Mbirikani group ranch, where a similar livestock compensation scheme was successfully introduced in 2004
A partnership between Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust and Kilimanjaro Lion Conservation Project
In response to the concern expressed by conservationists, the Kilimanjaro Lion Conservation Project was established on neighboring Mbirikani Group ranch in March 2004. The aims of KLCP are to investigate the causes of lion killing, understand lion population dynamics on Maasai group ranches and to help to design conservation interventions to save the remaining lions on this ecosystem.
MWCT has initiated a partnership with KLCP. Most of the costs of monitoring, collaring and associated equipment are being met by donations to MWCT, while KLCP is providing the technical expertise to carry out the research. The aim is for employees of the MWCT, primarily Simba Scouts, to be educated by KLCP lion experts and to eventually be capable of independently carrying out most of the day-to-day research activities.
The Maasai have traditionally lived in harmony with their land, which, for centuries was defended from outsiders by majestic and fierce Maasai warriors. Thus, Maasailand has remained one of the few unspoiled African ecosystems still in existence. However, the current threats to the ecosystem and to the Maasai way of life are proceeding at a stunning rate. These threats include overgrazing the grassland, diversion of water essential for wildlife, subdivision and land sales to non-Maasai, poaching for game meat, deforestation, and predator-human conflicts resulting in the killing of wildlife. The MWCT is focusing on conservation efforts to obtain protected conservation areas, recover wildlife populations and preserve the local ecosystem through a series of educational initiatives and programs.
• Create conservancy zones to preserve wilderness, protect wildlife and maintain critical migration corridors
• Protect access to springs and other natural water sources for the wildlife
• Help limit conflicts where livestock, human beings and wildlife compete for the same sources of water
• Promote sustainable agriculture practices within the community
Every bit helps so please give even if you think it's a small amount I can assure you that it won't be and then I can then help send them the items they need to preserve their land and animals.
$5 -$100 will help anymore from that and I shall contact Edward Norton to call you himself haha.
Thank you for reading my story