Our vision is to conserve our wildlife and their natural habitats through water provision.
PROGRAMS & PROJECTS.
Water for Wildlife and Community
Water is vital to support biodiversity. Water4Wildlife has provided water for wildlife, both human and livestock use, through innovative projects and partnerships. To survive, animals need water for drinking and habitats, e.g., amphibians, insects, and water-based organisms. Also, for breeding grounds and to cool off, especially during the dry season.
Due to climate change, the weather patterns have changed, resulting in longer dry periods, most often leading to drought. This means that animals have to leave their natural habitats in search of water and pasture, resulting in human-wildlife conflict as they both depend on limited resources.
To mitigate the above, Water4Wildlife has dug 6 water holes to harvest water surface runoff for wild animals to drink during dry seasons. Our goal is to excavate many more boreholes in the Maasai Mara ecosystem. We have had huge success, and these waterholes have resulted in fewer cases of human-wildlife conflict in the areas they have been set up.
We not only work to provide water for wildlife but the communities and their livestock living within and near the conservancies. Also, providing clean, safe water to the marginalized community increases access to drinking water, reduces water-borne diseases, and improves sanitation and hygiene.
Football for Wildlife Conservation
Football in the Maasai Mara conservancies is an excellent example of community-based wildlife conservation. Water4Wildlife has been working closely with schools and local game rangers to share information on wildlife conservation. It’s fun for children to understand our heritage and wildlife conservation from a friendly perspective.
To encourage more children to get involved in sports, we have partnered with the UEFA Foundation for Children to support the setting up of two fun mini-football pitches in Olkimitare and Ngosuani Primary Schools. The partnership has also been extended to include the provision of football kits and equipment to children in schools and communities within wildlife conservation areas. The Football4Wildlife project allows children to engage in fun, learn about wildlife conservation and raise their team effort.
Our project seeks to address the gender issues in sports by encouraging the participation of both boys and girls. We provide the football kits and equipment equally and further engage male and female coaches to train them. This boosts the confidence of the children and promotes their enthusiasm for football.
In general, sporting activities are essential for the development of children, and through football, we aim to increase these benefits among children in the following ways:
Allow children to use their creativity while developing their physical skills.
Help children develop better ways to cope with the highs and lows of life in terms of winning and losing.
Help build positive self-esteem among children.
Help reduce stress and increase the feeling of physical and mental well-being.
Improve communication skills among the children by encouraging them to speak up and let them be heard during games.
It enables children to be team members and collaborate through participating in football.
We continue to seek partnerships and development projects under the Football4Wildlife programs. Please contact us to find available opportunities to work with us on this program.