MEET THE COMMUNITY
Kamungi Conservancy will be owned and managed by the community themselves (through an elected Board of Trustees) which instills ownership and with this commitment. Tsavo Trust provides the stewardship role for capacity building, fundraising potential and commitment to ensure that the members of Kamungi Conservancy enjoy and realise better forms of livelihood in what is a challenging and harsh environment.
Meet the WaKamba community of Kamungi Conservancy who live with wildlife along the National Park boundaries of Tsavo East and West in two main villages called Kamunyu and Ngiluni.
TSAVO TRUST'S COMMUNITY OBJECTIVES
- Addressing Human Wildlife Conflict Issues
Over the years this community has struggled to make a living from farming their land due to very dry, hot and semi-arid climatic conditions that are not favorable to small-scale agriculture. Annual rainfall is as low as 250mm, proximity to the TWNP has led to much Human Wildlife Conflict (HWC) from wild animals crop raiding and livestock predation coming from the Park.
One of the ways in which Tsavo Trust plans to tackle the issue of Human Wildlife Conflict in the area, is by inviting willing members of the community to undergo a Community Ranger Training Course, which is held at the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Academy. 2016 marked an exciting and important milestone for Tsavo Trust’s Kamungi Conservency Program when 12 carefully selected young men from Kanmugi and Ngiluni Villages left for the Academy to complete the grueling three month course. Follow their story; ‘Latest News from the Community’.
- Diversifying Livelihoods
One of the first things Tsavo Trust looked into upon the start up of the Kamungi Conservancy was to show the community ways in which they could diversify their livelihoods and ways in which our programs could guide them into making these happen. As part of this initiative, we provided a community exposure tour to visit the Lewa Wildlife Conservency, Northern Rangelands Trust and Ol Pejetas Conservency in Northern Kenya where they were given a thorough inside look at the varying projects and benefits from their Community Stewardship Conservency Projects, giving them an in-depth knowledge and understanding of what could be achieved, which could then be shared with the many other community members back home at Ngiluni and Kaunyu Villages.
- Education - Installing a "Culture Through Conservation"
There is no question that education is paramount to the survival of any environment. Connecting with both the next generation and the current is a key objective of the Kamungi Conservancy Project.
- Better Access to Water
- Health Care
Our team at TSAVO TRUST lives all year round in Tsavo, allowing us to fully appreciate and understand the needs and challenges faced by our fellow Tsavo residents. Over the years we have been able to identify the key needs of the community, from the water situation to education and livelihoods and human wildlife conflict. However, medical facilities in the area have been extremely basic and lacking, forcing all members of the community to travel far distances in order to obtain any form of reliable medical attention. This makes the outcome of ‘life and death’ emergencies non-favorable. Through the Kamungi Conservancy Program, which seeks to develop areas where humans and wildlife can coexist to mutual benefit, one of our aims is to help local communities put in place their own systems for provision of better, more accessible local healthcare.
Joshua had been shopping at his local village, which borders onto the Tsavo Conservation Area. On his way home, he came across an elephant on the path in front of him. He turned away and headed off in the opposite direction, not realizing there was another elephant hidden by the thick bush. By the time he realized he was in danger, the elephant was now very close. Joshua attempted to back away slowly, however he was heavily laden with his shopping and tripped over backwards onto the path. Frightened by Joshua’s presence, the elephant came charging out of the bush and began to attack both the shopping and Joshua, putting a tusk through his leg, and crushing his arm. At that point, villagers heard the boy’s screams and the sound of an angry elephant and rushed to help him. A passing motorbike and loud noises from the villagers helped scare the group of elephants away.
With serious injuries, Joshua was loaded onto the same motorbike that saved his life and was taken to the nearest town, Mtito Andei. It was a grueling journey with his broken bones and open wounds, supporting himself on the driver with the help of another man on the back holding him steady - the drive took at least 45 minutes. He was later taken by a Sheldrick Trust vehicle to the local hospital, where it became apparent his injuries needed specialist care. TSAVO TRUST was informed of the incident and immediately organized his evacuation to Kijabe Mission Hospital in the Rift Valley, where he received specialist treatment and has now gone onto make a full recovery.
Joshua fully recovered and back to school.