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Let's Bring Mount Kenya Rangers to the 2016 World Ranger Congress

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BENEFITING: Tusk

ORGANIZER: Brittany

Stellah Njeri

THE STORY:

Brittany Retherford wrote -

We, The Lala Salama Project, are a GRASSROOTS group of volunteers who want to do our part to support the individuals who are directly fighting destructive poaching activities on Mount Kenya: The Rangers.

The money raised through this campaign will be sent directly to Mount Kenya Trust, an incredible Kenya-based non-governmental organization. All funds will be used by MKT to: 

1. Support three Mount Kenya rangers attendance at the 2016 World Ranger Congress and share inspiring stories of success with American audiences. #WRC2016

We are pleased to announce that our workshop proposal, "Teamwork: Community, Conservation Challenges, and Cooperation in Mount Kenya National Park," has been accepted at the 8th World Ranger Congress in Estes Park, Colorado in May 2016. The theme of the Congress is: “Connecting Parks, Rangers, and Communities.”

The workshop includes three rangers from Mount Kenya, including Susie Weeks, Executive Officer at Mount Kenya Trust, Edwin Kinyanjui, Senior Wildlife Community Officer at Mount Kenya Trust, and Simon Gitau, Senior Warden at Kenya Wildlife Service. There will also be a short film shown by Filmmaker Brittany Retherford. 

Funds raised through this effort will be used toward travel expenses for the three Kenyan rangers to attend the Congress and share the story of Mount Kenya's efforts with the world. 

Any leftover funds will be used to:

2. Purchase much-needed gear and equipment for the wildlife rangers who patrol Mount Kenya National Park and support the ongoing efforts of . #GearForRangers2

WHO ARE WE?

We are a small, but mighty team of dedicated volunteers, based in the United States, Kenya and Brazil, including: Brittany Retherford, Simon Gitau, Michelle Waterhouse, Muchane Gichuru, Brooke Retherford, and David Rogers. 

The effort was sparked in April 2014 following a trip I (Brittany), made to Kenya to reconnect with an old friend, Simon Gitau, who happens to now be the Senior Warden of Mount Kenya National Park. Simon and I first met as students on a National Outdoor Leadership (NOLS) course, now 16 years ago! During the 2014 visit, Simon introduced me to dozens of rangers and helped me to understand the hard work involved in patrolling the mountain—often without recognition or reward.

We wanted to find a way to help the rangers, many of whom are utilizing poor quality gear, living in tents or substandard housing, and spending weeks on end away from their families. We are looking to help better equip rangers for their jobs, while also provide opportunities for training, outreach and fundraising.

We determined that the best way to support the ongoing efforts on Mount Kenya is to raise funds on behalf of Mount Kenya Trust (www.mountkenyatrust.org), a local Kenyan organization and registered 501 c(3) via Tusk Trusk (www.tusk.org).

To learn more about The Lala Salama Project and a planned storytelling project profiling the rangers of Mount Kenya (which will be shown at the World Ranger Congress and other venues in 2016), please visit www.lalasalamaproject or find us on Facebook. Please also check our pages to follow along on with us in February 2016 as three of us (myself, Michelle, and Sheryl) visit Kenya as part of an awareness campaign to spread the word about the work of the rangers. 

Also, Michelle's friend Kristi of k.rooker.jewels has generously created an elephant-inspired "Tusker" necklace, with proceeds going to the cause. And even Michelle's niece, Taylor, has jumped on board. She also designed a piece of jewelry inspired by the wildlife of Kenya, with a portion of proceeds donated to the effort! Find out more by visiting our websites.

Asante Sana!

Brittany

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$85

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  • Shane DeGroy

    $55

  • Jason Lewis

    $30

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The Team: $9,288 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Brittany Retherford

Amount Raised

$7,938

 

159% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Susan Retherford

Amount Raised

$600

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Michelle Waterhouse

Amount Raised

$395

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Amanda Cantal

Amount Raised

$100

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Mitchell Magdovitz

Amount Raised

$100

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Stellah Njeri

Amount Raised

$85

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Brooke Retherford

Amount Raised

$70

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Joe Cornforth

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$0

Donor Comments

Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis

DONATION: $30

Inspired by my years with Mountain Club of Kenya 2 years ago

Shane DeGroy

Shane DeGroy

DONATION: $55

2 years ago