“Exactly 6 months ago today, on 28 July 2016, my husband Jeremy passed away. Jeremy was a lovely, kind man and part of his legacy was a sum of money with which I have set up an education fund in his name for children in Kenya.
Jeremy loved Kenya – we were going to move there in the near future. He especially loved Samburu – the land and the people – and was embraced by all the people he met there. Just as he had taken Samburu to his heart – the Samburu people had taken him to their hearts.
With the money I am particularly keen to give young people – mainly girls – a chance to further education. I believe that if you educate a girl, you educate future generations.
Jeremy was always surrounded by strong women. His mothe...
This is the story of Junior, the 13-year-old “Lion Kid”. This boy’s story is worth sharing because Junior represents the bright outcome of conservation education. Junior hails from Westgate Conservancy in Samburu, northern Kenya.
Junior attended our Lion Kids Camp in 2014, which sparked Junior’s interest in conservation. By the end of the Camp, he was telling anyone who would listen that he wanted to be just like the warriors from Ewaso Lions.
Now, every time Jeneria and the field team head into Samburu National Reserve, Junior – who lives in a village bordering the Reserve – is watching, waiting for any chance to jump in their vehicle to go see lions or head back to camp with his new heroes.
He is quite a character and...
This month we held a very special edition of our Lion Kids Camp – a Reunion Camp. We brought together 122 Kenyan children who had all previously participated in a Lion Kids Camp since our first one in 2013. The children joined us from 11 schools, spread across three counties (Samburu, Isiolo and Nyeri).
Everyone was so excited to see each other and reunite for four days of conservation education, games, career advice, and much more. The camp not only served to reinforce important conservation messages but also allowed the kids, who come from diverse cultural backgrounds and a wide range of ages, to interact and share their stories. For the children from Honi and Laburra Primary Schools, located in Nyeri County close to Mt Kenya, th...
Ewaso Lions has donated 60 brand new desks to a local primary school as part of an innovative conservation agreement. Thanks to a generous gift by one of our donors, we were able to provide the much needed desks to Lorubae Primary School in northern Kenya. The school now has 30 desks for Standard 8 students with a lockable compartment for book storage, and 30 bench style desks for Standard 7 students that seat two children each.
Under our Education Program, we support local Kenyan schools that cannot always provide resources to meet their students’ needs. Given the strong ties between youth education and wildlife conservation, we support schools as a way of building capacity for Kenya’s future wildlife leaders.
We have just concluded our 4th Lion Kids Camp which brought together 27 Kenyan children for five days of conservation education and fun.
For many children in rural parts of Kenya, an encounter with wildlife is mainly negative: they see elephants
chasing people, the remains of a camel after a
lion attack, or a leopard running off with their
goats. The Lion Kids Camp lets children experience a positive connection with wildlife. The Camp’s educational sessions, game drives, and exercises are designed to inspire children to be the next generation of park wardens, safari guides, and wildlife biologists.
For this month’s Lion Kids Camp, children from four Community Conservancies traveled to Westgate Conservancy. We were parti...