By laying the educational foundation needed to help people living around Tsavo understand their indelible impact on the ecosystem, Amara makes it easier for everyone to be successful and hopeful. Here are some of the people Amara educates:
A broad range of village elders, youth, local government organizations, nomadic pastoralists who range for thousands of miles, Taita subsistence farmers, traditional hunter-gatherers, women’s groups, Maasai from Serengeti to Tsavo…And they’re all hungry for more!
Amara started focusing in Tsavo in 2003, home to the largest population of elephants in Kenya at 13,000, and ranked as the highest priority area in need of protection. One of Tsavo’s most crucial challenges is human wildlife conflict, which leads to poaching and killing of humans by elephants. Amara’s goal was to find a harmonious solution to this ongoing problem that was regularly claiming the lives of both people and elephants. Amara made significant strides toward this goal through specialized education programs, workshops and community engagement.
Our Key Environmental Education Projects
Education for Conservation
Amara’s goal is to provide education and help people understand the importance of the wildlife that surrounds them. We provide information about the ecosystem and how environmental factors are influenced by human activities. The additional information allows them to make personal decisions to work for positive change. With the knowledge they gain, fewer animals are poached for ivory, horns, and bushmeat, deforestation decreases, and the futures improve for the animals and people alike.
Mobile Film Unit
We show environmental education films to people in rural areas – where there is no electricity, no plumbing, and many people have no exposure to film of any kind. The people living around Conservation Areas are the ones who have all the impact upon those areas. Once they learn about how their activities impact the environment, they are eager to change and protect their precious resources.
Amara’s Mobile Film Unit works closely with the people, showing films in schools in the daytime and villages at night; holding in-depth discussions before and after films opens minds and doors to change.
In areas of low literacy, poor quality roads, no electricity, sporadic access to newspapers, televisions, telephones and Internet, where small populations are scattered in isolated corners, radio is the most effective means of communication.
Radio Tsavo – a community-based radio station – will provide a venue for the community to share their knowledge. Locally produced programs will cover topics including the environment, local conservation issues, women’s issues, health and agricultural information; and to bring distant communities in contact with one another, sharing experiences and information to improve the lives of all inhabitants.
Poverty, drought, unemployment and wildlife conflict often push communities neighboring conservation areas to engage in
Films are an important and powerful tool for appealing to people’s emotions as they reaching the highest domains of
Kenya’s rich wildlife is found both inside protected areas and outside on community land. These community lands are