Community & Conservation Laikipia Loldia House Masai Mara

Honouring lives and growing a future

We recognise the deep connection between thriving communities and flourishing ecosystems. In recent months, we have witnessed the  impact of climate change firsthand on the people and wildlife of Kenya. However, we have also been inspired by the resilience of those working tirelessly to build a brighter future. 

General News 

National Tree Planting Day

On May 10th, Kenya observed National Tree Planting Day as a part of the country’s mission to plant 15 billion trees by 2032. It also served as a tribute to the lives lost in the recent devastating floods. Governors’ Camp staff honoured this occasion by planting over 200 trees across our various properties.

Little Governors’ Camp staff – photo credit Elizabeth Glaysher

Tree planting efforts from Loldia House-  

Governors’ Mugie staff – 

Governors’ Camp staff – photo credit Frankie Adamson 

Each tree planted symbolises a life lost and serves as a testament to our commitment to environmental restoration. This initiative not only helps mitigate the effects of climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide but also contributes to the overall health of our ecosystems.

Planting trees and honouring those who lost their lives – photo credit Frankie Adamson

Planting indigenous tree species – photo credit Frankie Adamson

Masai Mara 

Flooding in Masai Mara

The Masai Mara region experienced unprecedented flooding in May, triggered by an alarming 42% of the entire 2023 rainfall falling within the first quarter of 2024 alone. The overflowing Talek River caused widespread property damage and displaced hundreds of families. Whilst no lives were lost during this particular flooding event, the devastation highlighted the urgent need for climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies. 

Governors’ food relief to communities affected by the floods – photo credit Edison Komora

In response to the crisis, Governors’ Camp Collection provided essential food supplies to affected families. We also extended financial support of Ksh 100,000 to both the Mara Elephant Project (MEP) and the Kenya Red Cross Society. This funding enabled MEP to airlift displaced individuals to safety and bolster their search and rescue capabilities. It also aided the Kenya Red Cross in their tireless flood relief efforts across the country. 

The Maa Trust

We are proud to have helped sponsor The Maa Trust’s “Save Bees Save Mara” event, held on May 20th at the Wildlife Tourism College. This initiative focuses on empowering local youth to protect bees, which play a crucial role in pollinating the Mara’s diverse flora. The Maa Trust’s “Maa Honey” social enterprise provides a sustainable livelihood for Maasai families while ensuring the preservation of these vital insects.

World Bee Day Event in the Masai Mara – photo credit Frankie Adamson

Mara Predator Conservation Programme

Our most recent support for the Mara Predator Conservation Programme included sponsoring a second lion collar, contributing to the salary of a Lion Ambassador and funding a livestock herders’ training session. Governors’ Aviation provided complimentary and crucial flights for their team members, which helps the Mara Predator Conservation Programme stretch their limited funding further. This frees up valuable resources that can be directed towards other critical conservation efforts, such as community outreach programs and predator protection initiatives. 

Livestock Herders Training Session – photo credit Felix Rome

Mara Raptor Project

The Mara Raptor Project plays a critical role in monitoring and conserving the region’s diverse bird of prey populations. In 2023, they diligently monitored 270 raptor nests. Governors’ Camp Collection is pleased to have supported their work by contributing to fuel and vehicle maintenance costs, ensuring their continued success. 

Monitoring raptor nests – photo credit Felix Rome

Great Rift Valley 

Kenya Bird of Prey Trust

We are delighted to continue our support for the Kenya Bird of Prey Trust through regular monthly donations of Ksh 100,000. Their tireless dedication to safeguarding endangered raptors in the face of immense challenges is an inspiration. We remain committed to contributing to their vital conservation efforts. 

A rescued juvenile Crowned eagle – photo credit Alisa Karstad

Eburru Rafiki

Over the past few months, we funded the purchase and planting of 300 indigenous tree seedlings in the Eburru Forest. This initiative contributes to the restoration of this critical ecosystem, which is a remnant of the larger Mau Forest Complex. The Eburru Rafiki team also planted an impressive 1500 trees at the beginning of the rainy season, enhancing the forest’s resilience and biodiversity. 

Tree planting – photo credit Frankie Adamson

TAFA Community Center

We are dedicated to empowering the next generation through education and community development. At the TAFA Community Center in Kasarani, we sponsor the daily Uji Program, ensuring that all children receive a nourishing cup of porridge each day. We also provide stipends to three dedicated coaches who create a safe and engaging environment for these young learners. 

TAFA uji Program – photo credit Nick Penny

In April, we sponsored a field trip for 40 children to the Elsamere Education Center, where they delved into environmental conservation, learned about recycling, and explored animal ecosystems and plant biodiversity. A memorable boat ride offered a unique perspective on the interconnectedness of nature. The children returned home inspired and eager to make a positive impact on their planet. 

 

 

Educational field trip to Elsamere – photo credit Sammy Kamau

Laikipia 

The Moyo Foundation

We collaborate with The Moyo Foundation to organise bimonthly medical outreach clinics in remote communities across Laikipia. These clinics deliver essential healthcare services, including free consultations, medications, and health education, to those who would otherwise lack access. 

Mobile Outreach Clinic – photo credit Akiba

On May 23rd, a medical outreach clinic was held in the Pokot community of Donyoriwo, serving 312 residents. The clinic addressed various health concerns, from respiratory infections and skin diseases to maternal care and malnutrition. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Mugie Conservancy, The Moyo Foundation, and our own dedicated staff members who volunteered their time and resources to make this outreach a success. 

Mobile Outreach Clinic – photo credit Akiba

At Governors’ Camp Collection, we are committed to sustainable tourism practices. By investing in conservation initiatives, community development projects, and environmental education, we strive to create a brighter future for both people and wildlife.

We believe that our collective efforts can make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and communities while ensuring the protection of Kenya’s rich natural heritage. 

By Alisa Karstad, Impact Manager for Governors’ Camp Collection. If you would like to learn more about any of our Community and Conservation efforts you can reach out to us via email info@governorscamp.com

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