Community Support is vital!
It is vital that local communities are supported during this difficult time. With NO income from conservancies, parks & reserves, communities surrounding the parks are suffering and eventually facing starvation. With forming a fund to collect money from well-wishers and from people who watch our “live broadcasts” from different parks / reserves, we can collect funds to purchase the most important / basic food items (maize meal, beans, lentils, rice, sugar, tea leaves, milk) including soap / sanitizers to help these families to overcome the next few months. We are not likely to see Tourism activities return soon to Kenya. Therefore, the support of the community is vital. We start by supporting women to distribute food as we believe they are the ones taking care of their families. Homesteads can be identified according to need by the local District Officers and we choose the surrounding communities in / outside the reserves / conservancies and parks. Care packages can be purchased on a BI-WEEKLY basis with a cost of KSHS. 2,500/- per family of 5 approximately. Food can be purchased from the local villages nearby to support local suppliers and to distribute directly through our coordinated Safari vehicles & guides.
Education for children in urban villages!
We can further provide data bundles (with the help of Safaricom) to villages in / around Game Reserves / National Parks. These can be distributed through our Safari vehicles that offer food donations / supplies to the children in these villages. E-learning platforms such as the KICD (Kenya Education Cloud) for “Out of the Classroom Learning” can be used for students out of school which they can access through their parents’ phone or other gadgets that can perhaps be sponsored or purchased at a later stage.
Danger of Poaching / Bushmeat Trade
Due to lack of Tourism and direct income derived from that, our Game Reserves / Parks / Conservancies may not be able to sustain their full range of staff members for surveillance of the parks. There could be an opportunity for increased poaching / illegal wildlife trade or bush meat trade as a result of communities not being able to feed themselves or being forced to engage in such activities for income.
How can the ailing safari industry help?
The Safari Industry is hard hit with zero income since mid-March 2020! Bookings for the Tourist “Peak Season” (July to October) are currently being cancelled or postponed. Many Tour Operators, Hotels and Lodges face grave challenges in having to make staff members redundant, offering substantial pay cuts or sending their staff on unpaid leaves / furloughs. The Government of Kenya is not able to support the Private Sector with “bail-outs” as other countries in Europe or the US are currently receiving. Driver/ Guides are sitting at home, idle, having been laid off or on heavy pay cuts. Survival is difficult for everyone. Safari vehicles are parked in our yards with no work, yet overhead costs have to be met. With many passionate guides focused on conservation, these guides can be utilized to flock our National parks, game reserves & conservancies, use our Safari vehicles and report to rangers and wardens any “activity” that may be suspicious. “Activity” in the park acts as a “deterrent” for poachers and this is one aspect where surveillance units can work well. These must be out “day & night” to ensure surveillance is 24 hours. Our guides / vehicles can “AID” rangers in their work and support conservation efforts.
Marketing of destination Kenya
The key to launch this project successfully is to offer the viewers captivating, high quality “live content” directly from various National Parks, Reserves and Conservancies. This will not only showcase Kenya’ unique nature, but offer the client a connected experience on an emotional level to our precious wildlife and of “being in nature” with our guides. This is a perfect way to generate revenue via donations and therefore being able to support the communities and the wildlife in Kenya as well as offering employment to Safari Guides!