Thank you to all who made Amara Conservation a success for our first year. It has always been my dream to be able to make a difference, and I now know how to do that, in the most effective manner, and in a place that is most deserving of our help. Amara is a bridge from those of us in the western world to those of us in the underdeveloped world. What happens in Africa happens to all of us on the planet. Who wants to live in a world that cannot sustain it’s wild heritage?
Now that we have all weathered this test of time, how we can let go of any more of this precious heritage?
Key Accomplishments Of Our First Year:
- Rebuild a small school in Northern Kenya, and developed proposals to work with other schools
- Networked with key people and organizations in Kenya
- Supported important desnaring team in Tsavo
- Forged a good working relationship with Sheldrick Trust and AEFF – great people doing important and hard work
- Bought the truck for the Maasailand Preservation Trust, thereby securing a very important area outside and adjacent to Tsavo, in the Tsavo-Amboseli ecosystem.
- Sponsored, via donation from a private individual, the care of the rescued baby elephant Burra
- Sponsored, again via private donors, the raising of the tiny leopard cub Mtito, who was found in Northern Tsavo.
- Established an office and home in Kenya, became a legal entity in Kenya, the U.S. and the UK.
Goals For The Coming Year
It Takes More Than Money: We intend to solicit volunteers and internship programs through major Universities throughout the coming year. The administrative aspects of running an organization like Amara Conservation quickly become more than one can reasonably handle.
Expanded Financial Support: Although it does indeed take, “more than money” to do this sort of work, if we’ve learned one thing in our first year, it is that funding an operation of this nature is a full time job in itself. To that end, we’re soliciting greater corporate and individual support.
Continued Work in Tsavo: This is an especially critical time for the wildlife in Kenya. Although the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) does an excellent job with the funds available, those funds are dwindling, particularly due to lower tourism dollars, and partially to the evolving political landscape.
More Work With The Schools: Helping the people of Kenya preserve their future through education is an involved process that requires first assessing their real needs with community leaders, and then devising plans to implement needed assistance. The only thing that makes this job easy is the eagerness to learn on the part of the children.
Thank you to all!