African cultural values are based on a foundation of the past that informs the present, a leading reason why elders are so well respected. Always acknowledge an elder. Amara is honoured to have been recognized by the Elders of Taita Taveta County for on the work we’ve been doing in this region for many years.
They made Director Lori Bergemann a Taita woman and gave her the name Malemba, which means green leaves to describe hope in life.
The elders have broad knowledge about how their county used to be, and can see destruction that has take place in recent times. They want to turn this around and reach out to the people reminding them how the Taita community practiced traditional ways that conserved the environment and wildlife.
Amara, KWS, KUAPO and Tsavo Pride worked together to assist the Elders doing a vastly successful trial run in test villages sharing their knowledge of the traditions and the need to work together going forward to benefit everyone.
Recently the Council of Elders held a fundraising event attended by our field coordinator Jacob Dadi, where he made a presentation and contribution on our behalf. The County Governor was present as the guest of honor.
The governor expressed his willingness to support the Council of Elders and work with them. We wish them well and look forward to continuing our program working together!