WHAT WE DO
WATER FOR WILDLIFE AND COMMUNITY
Water is vital to support biodiversity. Water4Wildlife has been able to provide water for wildlife, both human and livestock use. To survive, animals need water not only for drinking but also for 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 and it has resulted 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 and this has resulted in human-wildlife conflict as they both depend on the 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 waterholes and 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.
W4W not only works to provide water for wildlife but for the communities and their livestock living within and near the conservancies. Also, provision of clean safe water to the marginalized community increases access to drinking water, reduction of water borne diseases, improved sanitation and hygiene.
SPORTS FOR WILDLIFE CONSERVATION
Sports 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 a fun way for children to understand our heritage and wildlife conservation from a friendly perspective. To encourage more children get involved in sports, W4W has partnered with the UEFA Foundation for Children to support the setting up of a mini fun football pitch measuring 1080square metres and provide right sports gear to play comfortably. This will provide an opportunity for children to practice and build their talents in sports. Through face-to-face interactions with girls ages 12 to 16 years old, we realized lack of access to basic menstrual pads is a challenge facing these girls, which has been overlooked and has made them portray out lack of enthusiasm for sports. We believe girls’ and boys’ sports should be equally promoted. This is expected to also increase girl’s participation in sports.
Benefits of Sports in children: -
Sports allows children to use their creativity while developing their physical skills.
It helps children develop better ways to cope with highs and lows of life in terms of winning and losing.
It helps build positive self-esteem in children
Sports helps in reducing stress and increasing feeling of physical and mental well being
Improves communication skills
Learn to be a team member
Kick the Ball, Save our Wildlife!
Water4Wildlife will work with the community members to increase the uptake of renewable energy as a means of conserving the environment. As a rural community, most households depend on firewood as their main source of energy for household. This has resulted in rampant deforestation and even with replanting efforts, the new trees are not sufficient to meet the needs of the community. In addition, the constant use of firewood has been known to cause respiratory illness and the most affected are the women and girls who spend most of their time in the kitchen cooking. As children both boys and girls use the light from the cooking fire as a source of light while studying and doing other chores at night, their eyesight and general health is also affected.
The Maasai people are herders with every family having a sizable herd of cows. Water4Wildlife will work with the community members to produce bio-gas for home and school use. Dairy waste is a great source of feedstock for digesters as cow dung has high water content and this results into production of high contents of bio-gas. The bio-gas can be used for both cooking and lighting thus replacing fuel wood and cow dung. The use of biogas will reduce the work load for women and girls, reduce respiratory illnesses from wood smoke and reduce CO2 emissions into the environment. Firewood use also leads to forest degradation thus reducing natural habitats for wildlife. Wild animals sometimes attack women and children as they collect firewood in the thickets. The slurry from the biogas unit is useful as manure. With a little sensitization, families can start vegetable gardens. The diet of the community has always been about meat and milk. Adding vegetables can go a long way in improving their health.