The northern rangelands used to be heavily poached and degraded due to instability in the region. With the help of Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), communities are repairing themselves with transparent, self-governed community conservancies that protect natural resources to create stability, employment and revenue.
NRT supports 39 Community Conservancies which cover 103,784,260 acres of land in northern and coastal Kenya. NRT helps communities to govern their wild spaces, identify and lead development projects, build sustainable economies linked to conservation, engage in peace efforts to mend years of conflict and shape government regulations to support it all.
We are proud partners of NRT, and at the moment, we are working with them to raise money to improve the facilities at a community health clinic in Laresoro. Laresoro is part of the Kalama community conservancy which borders the Samburu National Reserve. It is a remarkable area to which we often journey on safari.
The Laresoro health clinic is the only clinic in the conservancy, and it currently serves over 2500 people. The clinic provides vital medical care to this pastoralist community who live alongside the area’s wildlife.
The community have some great plans for the expansion and improvement of the clinic, which include:
– Developing a maternity facility to give the many women and girls who develop complications during pregnancy and childbirth a safe space to give birth with medical assistance. As you may know, childbirth is the biggest killer of teenage girls worldwide.
– Building ablution facilities to meet the sanitation needs of the many patients visiting the facility.
– Installing a solar-powered lights system and a solar-powered refrigerator so that staff can better tend to patients past daylight hours and better store medicines.
– Building a perimeter fence which is crucial for security and will help reduce the potential for human-wildlife conflict for animals that enter the clinic grounds.
These improvements will mean the 1250 women in the Kalama community conservancy will have a safe space to give birth with medical assistance; the community will have access to medicines that need refrigeration, such as vaccines and antivenom, and both the community and the wildlife they share their home with will be safer.
Thank you very much to those who have donated already. You will make such a difference to the well-being and continued care of this community who are the custodians of Kalama’s wildlife.
100% of your donation will go to the project you choose, and your donation to our registered 501(c)(3) organisation is tax-deductible as provided for by law. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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