The project provides training and capacity building to various target groups designed to offer knowledge and skills on different issues. The trainings target different groups such as community groups, CBOs, community leaders, teachers and club members.
These trainings focus on topics such as biodiversity conservation, importance of conservation, ecosystem services, climate change, sustainable development, legal issues in conservation, alternative livelihoods, conservancy management, leadership skills among other issues. The training, in addition to increasing awareness and knowledge on different issues, provides avenues for knowledge sharing and network strengthening.
Our capacity building is carried out in the form of workshops, training meetings and special barazas (community forums). We also carry out training of trainers (TOT), where teachers learn how to train others and target recipients who are the end users of the knowledge and skills.
In rural communities with limited infrastructure, electricity and high illiteracy rates, the most efficient and effective way of passing information is open air meetings locally known as barazas. These meetings are held in open grounds or under a tree to discuss issues. They are very interactive and provide the opportunity to all attendees to air their views. Amara organizes barazas in different villages to enlighten the community on different conservation issues and get their views. Some of the issues discussed in barazas include policy issues, importance of conservation, charcoal burning, bush meat utilization, engagement in wildlife trafficking, wildlife poisoning and blockage of wildlife corridors and human-wildlife conflict among other issues. The mantra of this project is based on the belief that knowledge is power and empowering people with knowledge will help them make better, more responsible choices.
The Tsavo West National Park is a section of one of the largest wildlife conservancies on the planet, as well as one of Kenya’s largest wildlife national parks. It is well-known for its resident population of Red Elephants as well as the tale of the Tsavo Man-eaters. Unfortunately, most of the communities bordering these parks have never had a chance to visit them due to the cost. For these reasons Amara organizes game drives with Purdue University students each year into Tsavo West National Park. We also encourage children to form Wildlife Clubs and embrace their wildlife and environment. This year Mrabenyi Secondary School in Taita Taveta County had the opportunity to tour the vast Park and interact with the University students from USA.
tHistorically, the Tsavo Area is renowned for the Man-eaters of Tsavo, two mane-less lions who developed a taste to prey on humans back in the early 1900’s (various reasons are cited for this, one recently being that they suffered from tooth decay and pain that made hunting difficult for them!). Although they were later shot, they killed many people that were constructing the railway line connecting Mombasa and Nairobi. Additionally, it was the main battlefield between the Germans and the Britons in Africa in the course of World War I. Currently the area is very peaceful and is now famous for its resident Red-colored Elephants, that enjoy dust-bathing in the red colored soil. The serene environment of Tsavo comes mainly with thorny bushland, open grasslands and among the most beautiful scenic areas are; the Yatta plateau, the World’s longest lava flow stretching 290km; Mzima springs; Shetani Lava Flow; Chaimu Hill; and Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary.
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