BENEFITING: Maasai Wilderness Conservation
ORGANIZER: Maasai Wilderness Conservation
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2011
On Sunday, Nov. 6th, 2011, I will be running the NYC Marathon in honor of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust.
The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT) works to protect the unique ecosystems and astounding biodiversity of Eastern Africa through conservation that directly benefits local Maasai communities. MWCT’s efforts are focused on the Maasai and landscapes of Kenya’s Chyulu Hills within the Amboseli-Tsavo region. Maasai communities of the area own all land between the protected National Parks; within their land lie critical wildlife migration corridors and habitat reserves, forest carbon sinks, and rivers & springs that supply fresh water not only to the ecosystem but to more than 7 million people, including Kenya’s 2nd largest city.
MWCT pioneers a partnership between skilled conservationists and Maasai leaders to foster thriving local communities. Economic benefits from programs in sustainable eco-tourism or wildlife monitoring & security, for example, are applied to education and health programs.
While helping the Maasai protect ecological treasures may seem remote, our world is increasingly interconnected – and challenged by the preservation of natural resources in developing countries. The literature of Hemingway and Blixen was inspired by their experiences in the hills of East Africa (and let's not forget The Lion King... "asante sana squash banana...") Moreover, the recent death of Nobel laureate and Kenyan Wangari Maathai reminds us how she inspired women, Africa and the globe with environmental conservation. Supporting MCWT’s model of successful community-based conservation is all the more acute at a time East Africa is ravaged by drought.
Please join me in the race to preserve Eastern Africa’s biological systems and living wealth. It is a difficult time for many to make donations, and your contribution is truly all the more appreciated for it.
To donate, please click on the orange button.
Ashe`oleng! (Many thanks!)