At the end of May, Kalama Conservancy were proud to welcome a VIP @usaid delegation that included USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Carrie Thompson, Director of Forestry and Biodiversity for USAID Cynthia Gill and USAID Kenya Mission Director Karen Freeman. They were given a typical #Samburu welcome from the women of @beadworkskenya!
I met these women last week in Kalama Community Conservancy. They are part of a group of 300 jewellery makers from whom come some of Kenya's most exquisite jewellery. .
They get their raw materials from @nrt_kenya 's Trading arm. After making the jewellery, NRT sells the jewellery on their behalf to markets as far as Australia. .
The profits the women make are put towards running their households, with 5% given towards running Kalama Community Conservancy. .
Proceeds from the Safaricom Marathon in Lewa support NRT's work with these women. . #SafaricomMarathon#YouRunIWin#Twaweza#KalamaConservancy
When we hear about wildlife conservationists, the first thing that comes to mind is usually a rich mzungu wearing a hat stitched with the map of Africa, sporting cargo shorts with too many pockets and safari boots. Perhaps with brown socks, standing next to an animal that's almost going extinct. Seldom do we imagine a Samburu woman with circles of colourful beads on her neck, rings of aluminium glinting on her arms and feet, living at the foot of Mount Ololokwe. A woman with a gap between the teeth, long earlobs and deep sockets that have been hiding eyes from the Northern sun long enough.
We do not imagine that this woman would be a board member of a Conservancy, fighting so valiantly to keep our wildlife away from the horrible hands of a poachers by marshalling other Samburu women in joining this cause in their own way. .
Kalama is a community conservancy, meaning that it is exclusively run by the locals. They own the land here, but have donated a portion of it, 16000 ha, to giving a safe home to wildlife of the North.
Such are the people on the ground, really. A people whose communities coexisted with wildlife long before someone came up with the ridiculous idea that ivory can boost your game in the sack. Long before the price of a kilo of rhino horns became the most expensive commodity in the black market; going for a staggering KES 6.5million (2012). Hell, neither gold nor cocaine comes close to that neighbourhood. .
Kalama Conservancy is supported by Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT): one of the beneficiaries of the Safaricom Marathon in Lewa. And this gorgeous woman, Nabiki Lesuperr, is a board member. .
When God made the earth, what was His first instruction to man? To take care of his creations. Akina Nabiki listened.
She is not such a popular face of conservation. But a face nonetheless. A heroine by any other face is still a heroine. .
Yesterday, representatives from the #Maasai and #Samburu communities met in #Leparua Conservancy for an exchange of stolen livestock. The NRT peace team, mobile security teams, conservancy rangers and Kenya police worked together with community elders and peace ambassadors to recover the stolen livestock, ensure its safe return and broker dialogue between aggrieved parties. #peace#northkenya thanks as ever to our supporters at @usaid@nature_org and DANIDA for supporting our peace work
Green - after just one rain! Rangeland rehabilitation in action in #Kalama community conservancy. This is a site that was cleared of invasive acacia, then included in a bunched grazing program spearheaded by the conservancy grazing committee. This is where cattle are bunched tightly together at night, to break up the hard pan soil and fertilise it. #grass#growth#rains#blessed#northkenya
#drought is affecting cattle, families and wildlife in all sorts of ways. Conflict for remaining water and grass is leading to increased incidents of human/ wildlife conflict. Food scarcity and malnutrition is real - with many families living on just one meal a day. Conservancies are doing what they can to promote peace in this difficult time. #prayforrain#kenya
Mike - always watching over Koitogo like a guardian angel! The only reason Koitogo is still standing today is due to Mike and his around the clock care and attention. Koitogo is only 2 weeks old and had a rough start to life, being born in a drought meant his mum didn't have enough milk to feed him and he got left behind as the herd moved on to find browse and water. Mike, who is from Namunyak Community Conservancy, who set up the Reteti Sanctuary, was due to go on leave a few days ago but insisted he stay until he feels Koitogo is out of the woods. #bethechange#northkenya#elephants#worthmorealive#love@nrt_kenya@kenyawildlifeservice@savetheelephants#retetielephants
It's not all work and no play! Chairmen and women from NRT Centre have a giggle, as they try to make a perfect square while blindfolded. It was part of their leadership and management training last week. #wazee#elders#teambuilding
The 10,000 mangrove seedlings planted by Kiunga Community Conservancy in April 2016 are doing well 🏼 Did you know that 70% of Kenya's mangroves are found in Lamu and Tana Delta? Mangroves are vital fish breeding grounds, and sources of timber - both of which provide lifelines for communities along Kenya's north coast. They also act as important buffers against erosion during storms. #mangroves#coastalconservation#lamu#marineconservation
"I truly love my work because it is power. Beading is in my heart and I feel richer in many ways." Juliwana Lengili - Star Beader from Ngutu Group. Happy #iwd2017 Meet more of these strong, inspiring women of Beadworks Kenya at nrt-kenya.org/meet-the-beaders #inspiringwomen#womeninbusiness#kenyanwomen
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For those who might never have been near a Samburu singing well these are some of the sweet melodies you are missing out on. While there are many different songs depending on the individual and the area; one commonality is that many of them are songs of praise for the cattle.
If you listen to this one for a while it becomes quite hypnotic, I find myself humming it on occasion!