2015 A.F.E.W Competition Poster

We invite all students from all over Kenya to our 2015 National Environmental Competition.  The Competition will run from 1st January 2015 to 31st March 2015.

This is your chance to WIN! WIN! WIN! a one week fully sponsored safari to Ol Pejeta, Maasai Mara, Nakuru, Naivasha, Amboseli, Tsavo and Mombasa. Other Prizes to be won include: Trophies, Gift Vouchers, T-Shirts, Caps, Bags, Pens, Diaries and many more.

The Theme for the year 2015 is ” The Future of Wildlife Lies on our Hands”

For More details, Click on the link below to download the 2014 Competition Poster

 

We are pleased to announce that the results for the National Environmental Competition for the Year 2014 are out. The theme for this year was “Our Wildlife, Our Heritage, Our Responsibility“. We acknowledge the effort and work of the students who participated in the competition, not forgetting the guidance of their teachers, parents and guardians who played a pivotal role in the success of the Kenyan Youth in general during this year competition. The Annual A.F.E.W Open Day where the winners will be awarded their prizes is set for Friday the 6th of June, 2014.

To download a copy of the results click on the link below” !

 

We invite all students from all over Kenya to our 2014 National Environmental Competition.  The Competition will run from 1st January 2014 to 31st March 2014.

This is your chance to WIN! WIN! WIN! a one week fully sponsored safari to Ol Pejeta, Maasai Mara, Nakuru, Naivasha, Amboseli, Tsavo and Mombasa. Other Prizes to be won include: Trophies, Gift Vouchers, T-Shirts, Caps, Bags, Pens, Diaries and many more.

The Theme for the year 2014 is ” Our Wildlife, Our Heritage, Our Responsibility

For More details, Click on the link below to download the 2014 Competition Poster

 

AFEW(K) Ltd. Education Department hosted a 3 day Tsavo Conservation Area (TCA) Game Scout Workshop at the Tsavo Lodge Hotel in Voi Town on September 26th – 28th, 2013.  This workshop brought together 37 Participants drawn from the Tsavo Conservation Area. The theme of the workshop was “Our Wildlife Our Heritage Our Responsibility.

The objectives of the workshop were:-

  • To have a better understanding of the TCA ecosystem in terms of resources, stakeholders, challenges and future conservation opportunities.
  • To share value, knowledge and perception about conservation in TCA.
  • To strengthen our networks and partnerships for sustainable wildlife conservation and local livelihoods within the TCA.

The workshop was officially opened by the Mr. Wellington Gathungu, the KWS Community Wildlife Warden, Tsavo East National Park. In his opening remarks he highlighted the broad overview of TCA in terms of the regions exceptional and complex resource, rich biodiversity, diverse habitats/landscapes and rich cultural diversity. He reiterated about the various stakeholders and their key roles in promoting integrated ecosystem management for sustainable biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods. He concluded his speech by appreciating the participants for their important role as Community game scouts. Finally, he challenged and encouraged the participants to undertake other conservation activities during the de-snaring and regular patrols exercises for effective human wildlife conservation and community based security.

The key outcome of this workshop was the development of a data collection sheet to be used by the game scouts during their patrols and formation of the Tsavo Conservation Area Game Scouts Association. The workshop also provided the stakeholders and participants a good platform for sharing experiences and challenges in bush meat, human wildlife conflicts & coexistence, sustainable energy alternatives, community education & awareness and the importance of data collection and technology in conservation.

Acknowledge to the Board of Directors and Management of AFEW (K) Ltd for their approval and support of the TCA Game Scout Workshop. To the facilitators and mobilizers, Mr. Jacob Dadi – Amara Conservancy, Mr. Evanson Kariuki – Care for the Wild/Bush meat East Africa Network (BEAN), Mr. David Ogiga – Kasigau Conservancy, Mr. Mr. Lenjo of Wildlife works, Mr. Mlamba of Kasigau Conservancy, Victor Mutumah – Born Free, Mr. Mombo of Taita Taveta Wildlife Association and Mr. Nicodemus Kivindyo formerly of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and currently working with Kuruwitu Community Marine Association. Much appreciation for the participants without whom the workshop could not have taken place and who together with the AFEW staff’s shared experiences and challenges will help define the way forward for a sustainable future intervention in future Community Game Scout operations, trainings  and conservation.

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Every year, A.F.E.W Kenya organizes an environmental awareness competition. The competition runs between January and March and has been running for 24 years. This year’s theme was “Green Economy Our Future”. This theme recognizes that man’s economic practices have been largely insensitive to the environment from which they draw their resources and raw materials. With the realization that the environment supports the economy and in turn society, it is important that we all adopt sustainable practices hence promoting a green economy.

The competition through art, essay and photography gave the children an opportunity to reflect on the environmental issues that surround them and challenges them to seek sustainable options for improvement of life and the preservation of the earth’s bio-diversity.

On Friday 7th of June 2013, AFEW Kenya held its Environmental Awards Ceremony as part of the World’s environmental week celebrations, during which 163 students were be awarded for their good performance. The guest of honour was Dr. Wainaina Gituro, Director Social and Political pillar of Kenya Vision 2030.

The year 2013 World environmental day, focused on sustainable consumption to stem food wastage. A response to the call for individuals to adopt green practices for sustainable use of the world’s resources.

The students mentioned below were awarded for their exemplary performance in the competition and were expected to be patriotic ambassadors of the environment.

The Master Environment 2013 Award: Khushil Nimesh Nagdah, Oshwal AcademyNairobi

The Miss Environment 2013 Award: Sharon Chepkirui Bore, Kipsigis Girls High School

The Merit Award 2013 Winners: Kelvin Mugo Muthii- Kerugoya School for the Deaf and Mercy Musyoki, Machakos School for the Deaf

We also awarded, Katutu Girls High School for the great efforts on their environmental projects. This category is open to schools that have received financial and technical support from AFEW Kenya Ltd., to implement sustainable environmental school projects. We thank Ecotourism Kenya for making it possible to give this award.

We take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to our sponsors, friends in conservation and business affiliates listed below, who have in one way or another contributed towards making this event a success and without whom it would not have been possible to award the winners.

 

 

We are pleased to announce that the results for the National Environmental Competition for the Year 2013 are out. The theme for this year was “Green Economy Our Future”. We acknowledge the effort and work of the students who participated in the competition, not forgetting the guidance of their teachers, parents and guardians who played a pivotal role in the success of the Kenyan Youth in general during this year competition. The Prize Giving Day is set for Friday the 7th of June, 2013.

TROPHY WINNERS

CATEGORY A: OVERALL WINNERS

MASTER ENVIRONMENT

 

Khushil Nimesh Nagdah

Oshwal Academy –  Nairobi

MISS

ENVIRONMENT

Sharon Chepkirui Bore

Kipsigis Girls High School

MERIT

AWARD WINNERS

Kelvin Mugo Muthii

Kerugoya School for the Deaf

 

Mercy Musyoki

Machakos School for the Deaf

B: ESSAYS

                 LOWER PRIMARY

POSITION NAME OF CANDIDATE NAME OF INSTITUTION

1

Matthew Thiga Mountain View School

2

Tracy Nimmo Sony Complex Primary

3

Ann Wambui Mwangi Bahati Girls boarding Primary

        UPPER PRIMARY

POSITION NAME OF CANDIDATE NAME OF INSTITUTION

1

Clare Chelangat St. Clare Primary School

2

David Nganga Njuguna New Hope Preparatory

3

Comrad Kitui Kipkeino Primary School

HIGH SCHOOL

POSITION NAME OF CANDIDATE NAME OF INSTITUTION

1

Chepkirui Lorna Soo Mary Hill Girls High School

2

Natalie Mbula Riara Springs Girls High School

3

Mwamuye C. Mike Maseno School

TERTIARY/ COLLEGE

POSITION NAME OF CANDIDATE NAME OF INSTITUTION

1

Milka Obonyo University of Nairobi

2

Albert Odira Ayugi Strathmore University

3

Nyaosi Rebecca Moraa Pwani University

TROPHY WINNERS

CATEGORY C: ARTWORK

                                          KINDERGARTEN INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES

POSITION NAME OF CANDIDATE NAME OF INSTITUTION

1

Neeshi Rakesh Shavdia Tiny Tots Kindergarten – Mombasa

2

Taikhoom Wajihi M.S.B Educational Institute

3

Shaine Bijal Dodhia Tiny Tots Kindergarten – Mombasa

                  KINDERGARTEN GROUPWORK ENTRIES

POSITION NAME OF CANDIDATE NAME OF INSTITUTION

1

Grace Wanjiku N.J.S School
Sebastian Sikuku
Elizabeth Kagwiria
Melojoy Aquila Wonders
Alvin Njoroge

2

Amatullah Hatim M.S.B Educational Institute
Zahra Ezzi
Abizer Musajee
Hussein Dossajee

3

Mustafa Essajee M.S.B Educational Institute
Sakina Koserali
Murtaza Bana
Insiyah Badri

KINDERGARTEN GROUP PROJECT ENTRIES

POSITION NAME OF CANDIDATE NAME OF INSTITUTION

1

Rashida Jamaly M.S.B Educational Institute
Khadija Jamaly

2

George Maina N.J.S School
Samuel Kamau
Sasha Kwamboka
Brigid Wanjiru
Givens Okari

3

Anne Gathoni N.J.S School
Eric Kamura
Yves Chepkemoi
Reagan Mwarari
David Ngugi

 

TROPHY WINNERS

CATEGORY C: ARTWORK

LOWER PRIMARY

POSITION NAME OF CANDIDATE NAME OF INSTITUTION

1

Veer Vikesh Shah Oshwal Academy  – Mombasa

2

Uzma Sheikh Oshwal Academy  – Mombasa

3

Adrian Mukiri P.C.E.A Thika Road
 

UPPER PRIMARY

POSITION NAME OF CANDIDATE NAME OF INSTITUTION

1

Dhir Niraj Shah Oshwal Academy – Nairobi

2

Barnabas Otieno Githunguri P.M. School

3

Dharini R. Patel – Oshwal Academy – Nairobi

HIGH SCHOOL

POSITION NAME OF CANDIDATE NAME OF INSTITUTION

1

Rose Chebet Koech St. Elizabeth Academy Karen

2

Daniel Mwanzia Kavyu Makueni Boys High School

3

Daniel Ndana Ndue Makueni Boys High School


E. DAISY ROTHSCHILD:     Martha N. Mutiso – Moi University – Nairobi Campus

F. GREEN SCHOOL AWARD

1. Katutu Girls High School 2. Heshima Primary School 3. Kapnosgei Primary School

G. BEST PATRONS:

ESSAY CATEGORY

ART WORK CATEGORY

Mary Hill High School – Thika

M.S.B Educational Institute

H. REVOLVING TROPHIES

KINDERGARTEN

POSITION

1

M.S.B Educational Institute

2

NJS Preparatory School

3

Tiny Tots Kindergarten – Mombasa
 

PRIMARY SCHOOL

POSITION

1

Mountain View School

2

Moi Educational Centre

3

Wankan Academy

HIGH SCHOOL

POSITION

1

Mary Hill Girls High School

2

Kipsigis Girls High School

3

Maseno School

RUNNERS UP IN KINDERGARTEN INDIVIDUAL ARTWORK

NAME OF CANDIDATE   NAME OF INSTITUTION
4 Amatullah Y. Marvi M.S.B Educational Institute
5 Ebrahim S. Mohammed Tiny Tots Kindergarten – Mombasa

RUNNERS UP IN KINDERGARTEN GROUP ART

NAME OF CANDIDATE NAME OF INSTITUTION

4

Ibrahim Kairo Njoroge Lions Nursery School
Fatma Saleh Feisal
Mitchel Moraa Bernard
Stacy Njambi Nd’ung’u

5

Grand Waga Odhiambo Lions Nursery School
Abdishakur Mohammed Ahmed
Wahida Said Abdala

RUNNERS UP IN LOWER PRIMARY

ESSAY

NAME OF CANDIDATE NAME OF INSTITUTION
4 Ann Wambui Mwangi Bahati Girls Boarding Pry.
5 Alex Kiprop Crater Academy – Nakuru
6 Zuwena Asman Amweye Crater Acdemy
7 Mwanatumu Kassim Likongo Jomokenyatta Pry.
8 Gregory Kidagulan K.P.G.A
9 Shivam J. Patel Kisumu Junior Academy
10 Kyalo Ricky Kivuthini Primary School
11 Solomon Simitiei Loodariak Primary School
12 Ryan Peter Ngugi Loodariak Primary School
13 Sakina Mufaddal M.S.B Educational Institute
14 Ruth Morara Melvin Jones Academy
15 Moraa Atina Moi Educational Centre
16 Martin Lenga Mountain View School
17 Grace Wangui Theuri Mountain View School
18 Becky Kendi Mountain View School
19 Kreeshi Shavdia Oshwal Academy – Mombasa
20 Felicia Ngami Peace Junior Academy  – Nairobi
21 Robert Kimotho Peace Junior Academy – Nairobi
22 Aryan Shashi Kachra S.C.L.P Samaj School
23 Valentine Laban Awando Sony complex Primary
24 Samuel Omondi Oluoch Sony Complex Primary
25 Mercy Chebet St. Clare’s Primary School
26 John Pesa Obell Ulumba Primary school

ARTWORK

27 Mary Beatrice Kajwang’ Kisumu Junior Academy
28 Lisa Wairimu NJS Nursery School
29 Kreeshi Rakesh Shavadia Oshwal Academy -Mombasa
30 Janice W. Nganga P.C.E.A Thika Road

RUNNERS UP IN UPPER PRIMARY ESSAY

NAME OF CANDIDATE NAME OF INSTITUTION
4 Grace Wanjiru Kamami Bahati Girls Boarding Primary School.
5 John Nyaduwa Otieno Homabay Primary School
6 Ashley Cheptoo Kericho Primary School
7 Kirui Mark Kiprop Kericho Primary School
8 Dakshita Bankim Desai Kisumu Senior Academy
9 Mary Mwende Kivuthini Primary School
10 Manthi Joshua Muuo Kivuthini Primary School
11 Sarah Sheikh Shabbir Maloo M.S.B Educational Institute
12 Krunal Patel Melvin Jones Lions Academy
13 Sharon Njeri Moi Educational Centre
14 Shakina Yatinafsi Moi Educational Centre
15 Waiganjo Chege Moi Educational Centre
16 Vanessa Lauzi Mwalaa Mountain View School
17 Celine Mwende Musyoki Mountain View School
18 Maureen Wacera Kenda New Hope Preparatory School
19 Mary Gathoni Kamau New Hope Preparatory School.
20 Dhanika Girish Balsara Oshwal Academy – Nairobi
21 Mahi Nirau Patel Oshwal Academy – Nairobi
22 Rose Thuguri Sirima Primary School
23 Elizabeth Wairimu Sirima Primary School
24 Bildad Tom Ochieng Sony Complex Primary School
25 Mercy Chepkirui St. Clare’s Primary School
26 Hillary Kipkoech St. Clare’s Primary School
27 Habon Ahmed Abdullahi Wajir Girls Primary School.
28 Asiya Abdi Ahmed Wajir Girls Primary School.
29 Ivy Waitherero Ndahi Wankan Academy
30 Abigael Wangari Kimani Wankan Academy
31 Noah Awino Olali Wankan Academy

RUNNERS UP IN HIGH SCHOOL

ESSAY

NAME OF CANDIDATE NAME OF INSTITUTION
4 Wekesa Harrie Nicholas Friends Sch. Kamusinga
5 Mark Muraya Kisanya Friends School Kamusinga
6 Kevin S. Wafula Friends School Kamusinga
7 Oballa Sidney Opiyo Friends School Kamusinga
8 Dawn Christine Aloo Kaaga Girls High School
9 Kipkirui Rono Japhet Kapsogut Boys High School
10 Kipngetich Cheruiyot Edwin Kapsogut Boys High School
11 Rono Cherotich Faith Kipsigis Girls High School
12 Cherotich Jedidah Kipsigis Girls High School
13  Geofrey Nyakundi Oduor Kiserian Mixed Day Sch.
14 Ochieng Tony Onyango Malava Boys High School
15 Mukangi Bruno Malava Boys High School
16 Cosmas Karisa Hare Malindi High School
17 Tenga M. Jessie Ngendo. Mary Hill Girls High Sch
18 Riungu Gatwiri Annette Mary Hill Girls High School
19 Chebet Faith Cheruiyot Mary Hill Girls Thika
20 Ouma William Nyamwembe Maseno School
21 Kimko Komfort Maseno School
22 Otieno Lawrence Ondongo Maseno school
23 Litsa J. Gougos Melvin Jones, Nakuru
24 Joy Agnes Wanja Melvin Jones, Nakuru
25 George Kinyua Waweru Moi Ndeffo High School
26 Mercy Njeri Muturi Nyahuru Elite School
27 Joy Kamaa Kyalo Precious Blood Kilungu
28 Luizer Njoki Mburu Precious Blood Riruta
29 Clare Wanjiku Wahome Riara Springs Girls High
30 Joy Mwihaki Mwangi Riara Springs Girls High
31 Maureen Matilda Wanja Mbugua St. Anne’s Sec. Sch.  Lioki
32 Phillis Wairimu Kareria St. Anne’s Sec. Sch.  Lioki
33 Racheal Karugia St. Anne’s Sec. School Lioki
34 Rose Kalekye Nzilani St. George’s Girls Sec. Nrb
35 Josephine Adeti Otieno The Kenya High School
36 Lavine Ayieko Oluoch The Kenya High School

 

ARTWORK

37 Felistus Moraa Kipsigis Girls High
38 Newton Ndue Makueni Boys High School
39 Samuel Ng’ang’a Kamau Olekasasi Sec. School

 RUNNERS COLLEGE ESSAY

NAME OF CANDIDATE NAME OF INSTITUTION
4 Amos Oluoch Ochieng Moi University
5 Wangira Dorcas Osunga Moi University- Main Campus
6 Antony Obukui Manyuru Dayster University
7 Atlanta Munyite Kufwafwa Strathmore University
8 Washington Wachira Githinji Kenyatta University
9 Kibetu Dickson Kinoti Chuka University
10 Serah Wairimu Kuria Kiambu Institute
12 Barkoge Amose Kipsang Tambach Teachers College
13 Milkah Orare University of Nairobi

 

4th March 2013 Closure Notice

Dear Customer,

The Giraffe Centre also known as the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (K) Ltd. will be closed on Monday, 4th March, 2013 to enable staff to exercise their voting right during the General Elections.

We however will re-open on the Tuesday, 5th March, 2013.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Click on the link below to download the official letter from Management

 

The Giraffe Centre National Environmental Competition Poster for the year 2013 is finally out. The Theme for 2013 competition is the “Green Economy”. Students from kindergarten level to college/tertiary schools from all over Kenya  are encouraged to participate in the competition. There are a lot of prizes to be won not forgetting the grand prize of a one week safari to Kenya’s National Parks, Reserves and other areas of interest. The previous year (2012), the high school winners experienced the Southern Safari Circuit starting from Amboseli through Tsavo West & East National Park and down to the North Coast.

For a comprehensive report on how the 2012 safari went click here.

For full details on the 2013 Competition, click on the link below to download the poster.

AFEW 2012 HIGH SCHOOL WINNERS SAFARI

As the year 2012 ended, A.F.E.W (K) Ltd – Giraffe Centre organized a southern circuit safari treat for the high school winners in the A.F.E.W 2012 Environmental Awareness Competition. The trip took place between November 27th to December 3rd, 2012. A total of 19 participants drawn from different schools from all over Kenya took place in this safari accompanied by 2 A.F.E.W Educators and 2 safari crew from Gametracker Safari limited. This safari treat was sponsored by A.F.E.W (K) Ltd – Giraffe Centre, Kerrigan Waves Trust UK and Gametracker Safari Limited.

The safari was not only about watching animals or sand and sun beaches but it aimed at exposing the students to some of the major conservation issues and challenges Kenya is facing as it strives to conserve biodiversity, natural attractions, and culture both on terrestrial as well as marine ecosystems while at the same time tries to achieve greater economic development. To achieve the set objectives, the safari involved game drives, guided nature walks, mountain climbing, snorkeling, lectures, powerpoint presentations, conservation movies, group discussions among many other activities.

On early Tuesday morning, November 27, 2012 all the invited winners converged outside the Nairobi Railway Station ready to embark on their 1 week long trip. After brief introductions and highlights about the safari from the AFEW team at exactly 10.30am the safari participants were driven through the busy Nairobi – Mombasa highway especially the Athi Kapiti rolling plains whose potential for sustainable wildlife conservation is slowly being  threatened by ecosystem fragmentation due to changing land use practices and human activities.  The safari offered the participants a rare chance to visit Amboseli Ecosystem, Tsavo Conservation Area and the Kenyan Coastal Ecosystem.

During the first 2 days the students explored the Amboseli landscape which covers approximately 5700km2 stretching between Mt.Kilimanjaro, Chyullu hills and Tsavo west national park. This is mainly savannah grassland spreading across Kenya-Tanzania border, the park is famous for being the best in Africa to get close to free ranging elephants among many other species, It is also the best spot to get spectacular view of Mt.Kilimanjaro. During the group’s stay in Amboseli landscape they made a visit to the Maasai cultural village where they got a chance to sample the Maasai way of life and the fascinating rich Maasai cultural heritage. This visit was of most importance as it helped the students to understand the role of indigenous knowledge and cultural practices in sustainable environmental conservation.

 

On the third day of the safari, the group proceeded to the Tsavo Conservation Area (TCA) through Amboseli – Tsavo West Road. The Tsavo Conservation Area is composed of Tsavo East, Tsavo West and Chyullu Hills in South Eastern Kenya which together with the adjacent area makes it the largest Protected Area in Kenya. Its massive size, variable landscapes provides the best possible habitat for diverse wildlife species. But despite its expansiveness it takes a little more effort to spot wildlife within this conservation area, however, the amazing landscape sceneries especially the Mzima springs, Shetani Lava flows and Kyaimu hills offers a great compensation. The Mzima springs which produces approximately 250 million litres of freshwater per day, filtered down from Mt.Kilimanjaro and Chyullu hills. The springs are an oasis and home to abundant Nile crocodiles and hippos and are the bulk of Mombasa’s freshwater supplies.

 

The trip concluded with a visit to the Kenyan coastal ecosystem to explore the warm humid climate along the Kenyan coastline on the Indian Ocean. This was the best opportunity to  learn about its rich Swahili cultural  heritage and  its rich marine ecosystem. This started with a guided tour of the Fort Jesus and old Mombasa town which have been declared World Heritage site under the UNESCO. The old Mombasa Town Situated on the south-eastern side of Mombasa Island, which occupies approximately 72 hectares and it hosts the Fort Jesus which is a popular tourist attraction for both local and international tourists. This offered great opportunity to remind the participants about the county’s history and the rich East African coastal cultural heritage.

On their second day in the Coast, the group visited the Kuruwitu Community Marine Protected Area, which is the first community marine conservation initiative in Kenya. The Kuruwitu initiative has benefited from support of AFEW. Through this initiative biodiversity within the conserved area continues to grow in abundance with the expansive sea weed dominated area and the fringing reef system, supporting high density of beautiful fish species. The participants learnt that the marine waters of Kuruwitu are very important biodiversity hotspots along the Kenyan coast and have distinct coral reef ecosystem with diverse assemblage populated by many species of ornamental fish and sea turtles. Later in the day the students under the watchful eye of the dedicated local staff took part in Snorkeling through sections of beautiful corals, which are a host of many sea urchins and beautiful species of fish.

 

 

The coastal safari excursion could not end without paying a visit to the Haller Park which offers great lessons on degraded land rehabilitation being an ideal product of how a once barren landscape of disused limestone quarries that had been degraded through limestone mining was reclaimed through reforestation and conservation efforts and turned into habitat for a great diversity of flora and fauna species. Today, Haller Park has been converted into vibrant and diverse forest, grasslands and manmade wetlands ecosystems. It is a great habitat to a variety of wildlife species both animals and birds.

Lessons Learnt

The group discussions during the safari which were facilitated by the AFEW staff member helped to highlight the current conservation issues and challenges facing sustainable natural resource conservation at local regional and global level although these were mainly drawn from the daily safari experiences. The discussion provided a good platform for the participants to consider what forms of local strategies are necessary to tackle the issues and challenges for sustainable development of our Country.

What the safari participants had to say after the trip

“Kuruwitu was the best destination because it is a masterpiece of the conservation of a fragile marine ecosystem which is being done by the local community”, Annette Gatwiri, AFEW 2012 Miss Environment, Mary Hill Girls High School, Thika.

“Kuruwitu was the best destination as it was a new experience for many of us and new experiences are what fascinates many young people!!…Generally the safari was fantastic and taught many of us the art of good time management”, Rachel Mbae, Moi Girls High School, Eldoret.

“The safari was fabulous and a lifetime experience, we acquire some life skills such as being responsible and gained knowledge on wildlife conservation. Am grateful to Giraffe Centre for allowing us to take part in this great safari”, John Boboti, Utumishi Academy, Gilgil.

“The safari was the best exposure I’ve gotten so far to better my understanding of the country’s green environment and wildlife. The best place we visited was the Kuruwitu Community Marine reserves in the coast where we got a chance to Engage in snorkeling and also learn more on Marine flora and fauna”, Annette Achieng, Coast Girls High school, Mombasa.

“It was very informative trip. The students showed a lot of interest in the environment and they were very knowledgeable. The mentorship programme you are giving them will take them very far. I wish I had that kind of exposure when I was their age”, Sarah Kutahi, Chaperon during the safari and Pwani University, Kilifi.

“The safari was fabulous as it was an important source of information on the value of the environment and sustainable conservation of wildlife hence boosting positive attitudes among the youth towards the environment. It helped to build our teamwork skills. I thank all the organizers and our guardians who made this trip a success especially Emmanuel, Kelvin, Sarah and Gametrackers safari crew”, Francis Amwayi, Malava Boys High School.

 

 

Conclusions

It is difficult to overemphasis the importance of healthy ecosystems for human well being. The principles of ecosystem based management and active community involvement is the basis of sustainable conservation and development of most protected areas both on land and marine areas. However, Unsustainable utilization of biodiversity is not only an issue in world’s terrestrial protected areas; it remains an obstacle in marine ecosystem too; today most of these ecosystems are highly threatened by socio-economic activities and natural factors. As an organization we can take pride in the fact that we have successfully preserved the spirit of shared responsibility as we move towards achieving green economy which is built on the foundation of ecosystem based management.

Acknowledgement

We would like to sincerely thank the Board of Directors and management A.F.E.W (K) Ltd for having supported this environmental awareness initiative, our gratitude to the Kerrigan Waves Trust UK for having tirelessly co – sponsored the trip through supporting 2 students and purchasing book prizes for the outstanding boy and girl during the safari, Gametracker Safaris Ltd for co-sponsoring the safari truck, Interactions & Solidarity Kenya for the Amboseli Camping facilities and their hospitality. We would also like to thank Kuruwitu Community Marine Protected Area for giving free entry to the safari team and for the wonderful tour of their area, we appreciate the efforts of WCK Mombasa Office for facilitating the visit to the Mombasa Marine Park. Finally we would like to thank the Lafarge Ecosystems – Haller Park for the waiver to the team and guided nature walk it was a wonder to feed your giraffes see all animals in your facility. To the Participants we would like to say well done for being good students but challenge you to practice what you learnt during the safari.