Rosemary Putinoi and Twala members greeted me warmly at their Twala Cultural Manyatta.
Dear <<First Name>>,
It has been an honor to work as the Executive Director for the African Conservation Centre US (ACC-US) for the past two years. Every day, I am inspired by the commitment, determination and brilliance of our advisors, partners, and supporters.
In November, I had the pleasure of visiting the community-based projects in Kenya that our donors help to support. I was amazed to see how a few talented people and a bit of money can truly change the world from the ground up. I am so proud to play a part in their conservation achievements! I would like to share a few stories with you about the projects/organizations we help to fund and ask you to consider supporting this work with a generous contribution to African Conservation Centre US (ACC-US) today.
Best wishes for a healthy, peaceful and bright new year.
Along the border of Tanzania and Kenya, a unique coalition made up of more than 60 representatives from government, communities, and conservation organizations is working to stop elephant and lion poaching and reduce wildlife conflict issues on community lands outside of national parks. The Kenya-Tanzania Borderland Conservation Initiative coordinated by our main partner in Kenya, ACC, is strengthening the conservation capacity of communities which is resulting in fewer conflicts, safer migratory paths for wildlife and a reduction in poaching. Thanks to the Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Foundation and donor support, ACC-US has helped to raise more than $100,000 in the past year for this Initiative. We need $65,000 to purchase equipment and vehicles.
Game Scout training at Olorgesailie pre-historic site in the South Rift.
Game Scouts: Unsung Heroes of War on Poaching
Game Scouts are the unsung heroes of the war on poaching. These brave young men are usually young Maasai warriors hired from communities and trained to protect wildlife, tourists and livestock; engage in community conflict resolution; collect ecological data; and generate and distribute environmental information to enhance community awareness. They risk their lives against armed poachers to save the elephants and wildlife we all love. A donation of $2,200 will support one Scout for a whole year. We hope to support ten new Scouts in 2016!
From left to right: ACC executive director, Lucy Waruingi tours Twala aloe fields with Twala Managers, Rosemary and Priscilla; Twala raises worms to improve the soil; Beekeeping facilities at Twala; The women bead necklaces, earrings, coasters and many other beautiful items.
ACC-US also helps support ACC in developing women’s enterprise programs to build sustainable conservation practices and more equitable societies. Based near Mt. Kenya, in the Laikipia Plateau, the Twala Women Cultural Village and Tenebo Resource Centre provides guided ecotours, Maasai cultural experiences, and affordable accommodations. These dedicated women grow aloe for health products, raise bees for honey and make beautiful beaded items to sell. The Manyatta was initiated by local Maasai women to provide an authentic experience for visitors while fostering respect and understanding of the local environment and culture. Money earned at Twala is used to pay for Maasai girls to go to school. Twala needs $6000 to purchase water tanks to support their aloe production, build an environmentally-friendly oven to prepare food for guests, and purchase materials to expand their beading and beekeeping businesses.
Local Ocean Trust: Protecting Kenya's Marine Ecosystem
Finally, I would like to highlight ACC-US’s newest partner in conservation: Local Ocean Trust (LOT). For nearly 20 years, LOT has been active in Kenya’s marine conservation, education and community development efforts. This small but highly effective group based in Watamu, Kenya rescues sea turtles accidentally caught in fishing nets, provides treatment for sick and injured turtles at their rehabilitation center, protects nesting females and their eggs, provides environmental education to 30 local schools and supports 21 local community groups. The organization’s Bycatch Release Program rescues an average of 120 turtles every month from fishermen, who would otherwise kill them for their meat and oil. This program is hugely successful and has to date conducted more than 13,500 turtle rescues. Due to the drop in tourism in Kenya, LOT is in desperate need of funds to maintain their current programs. We hope to raise $5000 by 2016.
How Your Gift Contributes to
Biodiversity & Livelihood
As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, ACC-US relies on the generosity of individual donors and foundations to support the above conservation projects and many others. Gifts of any size make a difference in ensuring these important wildlife conservation and community programs continue to thrive. Please make a tax-deductible donation today!