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. The Tsavo Trust will provide the stewardship know how, fund raising potential and commitment to make the Kamungi Conservancy viable for wildlife and the people that live here.
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 Ngaluni.
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 Ngaluni 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 Kanunyu 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