The clinic was conducted at Mwakitau Primary School for three days, including the 17th, 18th and 19th of October 2023. It was organized by Ol-malaika Trust, Community & Wildlife Conservation, Lions Bluff Lodge, LUMO Community Wildlife Conservancy, and the Ministry of Health.
The Ol-malaika Trust organized the services provided, including planning for the professional team present, which included their accommodation and the medical equipment and supplies. The trust brought together a team of 14 persons, which included 5 dentists, 3 nurses, 1 pharmacist, and 5 supporting staff.
The project kicked off on 16th September 2023, when a total of 31 primary schools were involved in a clean-up activity at the conservancy, which collected two trunks of plastics. As a reward, each school received four books while some five. The activity pioneered the “Plastics for Books” project.
During the month, the project kicked off, involving 10 schools as a pilot, as it aims to involve the other 21 schools next year. CWC made a total of 10 cages, which were distributed to the 10 schools. We were able to collect a total of 470 kg of plastics, which were then taken for recycling. The proceeds from the sale of these plastics will be used to purchase books for the individual schools based on their proportion of contribution.
On September 2023, CWC enrolled 8 students (7 girls, and 1 boy) for their tertiary education at Coast Institute of Technology. The students come from needy families in the communities surrounding LUMO Conservancy. They are all pursuing courses in the hospitality industry, including Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts, and Food and Beverage. The programme aims to provide them with employment opportunities with the partner lodges while improving their livelihoods. This is to ensure communities get tangible benefits from conservation while creating a harmonious balance between community welfare and conservation objectives.
During the month we visited these students to check on their well-being, their discipline as well as how well they are adapting to their daily lessons
CWC has been supporting the school for 2 years now. Starting with the food and stationery supplies, to paying one teacher and a cook. The organization also built a kitchen for the school.
Despite the school paint being chipped off, the colours white and brown were not in line with the school uniform as directed by the Ministry of Education. Through CWC, the process of repainting the school is ongoing.
CWC continues with its collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to enhance the security of the conservancy. We provide accommodation, meals and transport in the form of vehicles and fuel. We also provide them with supporting gadgets, including radio calls, to facilitate communication with other conservancy rangers during patrols. This has enabled reducing poaching incidences, with which that of giraffes was the highest. Continuous support of the same will ensure the incidences to significantly reduced. The rangers work hand in hand with the LUMO Community Wildlife Conservancy Rangers and other stakeholders including the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust who come in handy in cases of injured animals
The project aims to provide substitute proteins to bush meat intake by providing the community nearby with cheaper access to fish. This will in turn reduce the bushmeat market, thus reducing poaching incidences. The project will also help engage the youth who are likely to be involved in poaching cases.
The project aims to help needy women in the LUMO Community. They will handmake the necklaces using locally available Tsavorite stone as a pendant. The proceeds from necklaces will be used to pay for the school fees of their children. The projects aim to start with 10 ladies, as we aim for expansion.