In rural northern Kenya, Samburu women regularly buy staples such as sugar, tea and maize from local shops. These items always come packaged in plastic or thin nylon bags. The bags, along with other waste items, are often burned or discarded in the bush or around the manyattas, where livestock and wildlife may ingest them.
There are no waste disposal or recycling services here. In the past, the ladies said they would wait for the rains and then rush down to the river to let the surging water carry away their waste.
To face this environmental threat, Ewaso Lions has organised several clean up campaigns in the local villages to raise awareness about importance of a keeping the environment clean and healthy. At the same time, we know the...
Today, Ewaso Lions joined hands with partners for another litter removal cleanup day. Bags of trash were removed from the village of Westgate, which is adjacent to Samburu National Reserve, and surrounding areas. Westgate now looks very clean!
Ewaso Lions organizes periodic cleanup days in local community areas as a way to remove dangerous trash from the landscape, keep wildlife and livestock safe, and engage local people in environmental stewardship.
It was a very successful initiative with over 60 people from Samburu Reserve, Westgate Conservancy, Grevy's Zebra Trust, Sasaab lodge, Samburu Intrepids lodge, Reticulated Giraffe Project, community members and 300 school kids from Lpus Leluai Primary school. This particular cleanup...
Since launching our Mama Simba program in 2013, we have engaged 300 Samburu women in conservation. The core Mama Simba group consists of 10 women, who work with other women within their communities, thereby spreading conservation messaging through peer-to-peer sharing. The women participate in conservation training and litter removal campaigns, and report on lion sightings and conflict issues. In exchange, we set up weekly schooling to provide educational opportunities they never had before, and also offer training in new beaded art craft, so they can diversify their income.
Now, in response to strong positive feedback by participating women, we are expanding the Mama Simba program into new areas and offering new opportunities for th...
Last week we organized another clean-up effort with women from our Mama Simba program to remove litter from the landscape and replace plastic bags with reusable tote bags.
The women collected more than 2,000 pieces of plastics and metals from in and around Sasaab village in Westgate Conservancy, Samburu. The women learned how plastics can be harmful when burned or when thrown into the rivers.
Like last time, Sasaab Lodge assisted in the effort and took the trash away for recycling.
The excitement of the women was contagious. Spirits were high, kids were laughing and helping, and after 3 hours of collecting plastics…not a single smile had left their faces.
“Before I would always wait for Sasaab river to flow which is a...
In Westgate Conservancy, where Ewaso Lions is based, the landscape is littered with plastic bags. Women purchase sugar, tea, and other items from local shops that always package them in plastic bags, and these are often discarded carelessly. Plastic bags can remain in the environment for thousands of years – they do not degrade, they break up into smaller pieces that spread widely across the area, and are hazardous for the wildlife, livestock, and small children living in Samburu. And in a stunning landscape like Samburu, they discarded bags is a major eyesore.
Because women primarily do the household shopping, we decided to work with them towards a solution to the plastic litter problem. Between the 17th and 21st of February 2014,...