Monthly Archives: January 2015

Finding Solution to Water shortages along Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project

Recent erratic weather patterns from climate change have made water even scarcer for Kenya’s dessert savanna landscape. The past few years have brought droughts and water shortages. Due to lack of water access in impoverished and rural communities, poor hygiene related illnesses and conditions are the root cause of many afflictions in these towns. Additionally, many girls are forced to miss school and are vulnerable to sexual assault by traversing at night or in remote areas to fetch water.

Women carrying 20 litres of water at Sasenyi Rock Catchment before improvements:

Along the Kasigau REDD+ Corridor, the responsibility of finding and fetching water for their families falls on the women and children. All the water they need for drinking, washing, cooking, cleaning, and livestock are collected by carrying heavy water jugs for miles both ways. The journey and queue up can take an entire day, which is a day’s earnings lost, or a day’s school missed. The work is back-breaking and all-consuming.

A woman with a baby climb the rocky hill to fetch water on Sasenyi Rock Catchment before renovation.

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One of Wildlife Works’ top community development priorities is increasing water access. The best local strategies include renovating water rock catchment that store water in a small depressions during rains, building water tanks, improving water harvesting with gutter systems in hospitals and schools, digging water dams, and renovating water chambers in piping extensions.

For example, the Sasenyi Rock water catchment project that Wildlife Works enhanced in 2012 allowed water collection through a tap at the bottom of the rocky slopes. Before, women had to climb up the steep, rocky hill and descend it carrying a 20-liter jug full of water.

Renovation of Sasenyi Rock Water Catchment:

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These upgrades now ensure that the 630m3 of water capacity in this catchment is not gone to waste from the physical stresses of treading the hill. This catchment serves an estimated 4000 people, who democratically elected a water committee to serve as the liaison between the community and Wildlife Works, facilitate the hygiene education program, and manage the community schedule for maintenance.

Sasenyi Rock Water Catchment Tap requires no rock climbing!:

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In January of 2015, the Wildlife Works community team made a visit to another water project we lead; a dam we built in October 2014 in the community of Kisimenyi and Bughuta villages in the Kasigau area.

County Assembly Members, Wildlife Works and community members gather to hand over the dam to the people of Kisimenyi Village:

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The water that was collected from the short but heavy rains between October and December 2014 is estimated to last the community for the next four months until it is expected to rain again. The Wildlife Works team monitors the use, production, condition and impact of the safe water to the community.

Wildlife works tractor building Mighoa dam at Kasigau location:

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Laurian Lenjo, Wildlife Works community manager was proud to say, “There has been tangible results from the improved water access to the community. After many conversations with different families and community members, we can report that there has been an increase of girls’ school attendance, level of education and literacy rates, because they no longer need to miss school to secure water for their families. They also feel safer from sexual assault, as women and girls do not have to go to remote places to eliminate or to fetch water during the night. There has also been a reduction of physical injury to women from constant lifting and carrying heavy loads of water from far distances.”

The demand amount of water in this region generally is high and there is still a big need to continue improving water access solutions for the communities in our REDD+ project area. The table below shows the most recent water project we have completed.

Year Project Location Community served
2014 Mighoa water dam Kasigau 3000
2012 Jora water tank Kasigau 2000
2012 Sasenyi rock catchment Marungu 4000
2014 Jombo water project,pipe extension and tanks Mwachabo 1800
2013 Renovation of water chambers: pipe extension and tank Mwachabo 4000
2012 Roof catchment and tanks Maili Kumi Primary School Mwatate 600 – 800
2014 10000 litre water tank Marungu Primary School Marungu 600 – 800
2014 Kisimenyi Water pan Kasigau 2000
2012 Marungu dispensary water Gatering system Marungu 1000
2012 Makwasinyi water tank Kasigau 2000

Maili Kumi primary school students standing infront of a water tank made by wildlife works to their school:

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Gutter system at Maili Kumi Primary School in Mwatate:

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Ngangu water project where the water sourced from springs in the Taita forest:

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Improving on Education along Kasigau Corridor by Wildlife Works

Education! The key to success in life. The dream begins with the teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes to lead you to the next plateau. But for many rural Kenyan children who are fortunate enough to attend school, poor classroom environments threaten the foundation for learning at a basic level.

Teachers and students face overcrowding. Many schools have classrooms with over 100 students per session with leaking roofs or poor ventilation.

Wildlife Works, through the funds of our REDD+ Project, is trying to change this for as many schools as we can in our project area. Since we founded in 1997, we have been building, renovating classrooms, and making materials for the most needy schools in our protection area.

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Wildlife Works workshop employees making desks.

Most recently, Wildlife Works came to the aid of Wangalla pre-school in Miasenyi village. The children, who used rocks as tables and chairs, endured one rainy season by standing in the one corner of the room that was not drenched from the leaking roof. Wildlife Works’ workshop team focused their efforts on refurbishing the classroom and building 20 desks.

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The photos of the smiling children at the handover say it all! Wangalla Pre School kids posing for a photo on there new desks:

We are proud of all the schools we have been able to retrofit in the last 15 years. The following table shows the location, school and projects completed by Wildlife Works in the most recent 2 years, which represent the improved learning experience of over 8500 children.

Year Location School/Name Children Served Project
2013 Mwachabo Mngama Primary School  600-800 1 classroom construction.
2013 Mwachabo Shighadi ya Mwemba Primary School  600-800 1 classroom construction, office and toilets.
2013 Sagalla Mwambiti Primary School  600-800 1 classroom construction
2013 Sagalla Kajire Secondary School  300-600 1 classroom construction
2013 Sagalla Kileva Primary School  600-800 1 classroom construction
2013 Sagalla Mchang’a  Primary School  600-800 1 classroom construction
2013 Mwatate Mwatate Secondary School  300-600 1 classroom construction, 50 lockers and 50 chairs.
2013 Mwatate Mzwanenyi Primary School  600-800 4 classrooms renovation
2014 Mwatate Mwatunge Primary School  600-800 100 desks
2014 Mwatate Kipusi Primary School  600-800 16 desks
2012 Kasigau Moi High School  300-600 50 lockers, 50 Chairs and 50 beds
2014 Marungu Wangalla Pre School  30 1 classroom construction, 1 table, 1 chair and 20 desks.
2014 Marungu Marasi Primary School  600-800 5 classrooms renovation.
2014 Marungu Miasenyi Primary School  600-800 4 classrooms renovation
2014 Marungu Marungu Secondary School  300-600 1 classroom construction

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During the handing over of these projects, the parents, teachers, students, community, government and local leaders have expressed their gratitude to REDD+ Project for transforming the lives of the students. Through the effort and support from the community to protect the forest, REDD+ continues to elevate education standards in the Kasigau Corridor region.

 

 

Project Impacts of 2014

Congo Basin Forest Canopy

Wildlife Works thanks the corporate leaders that contributed to 2014’s success of more than double that of our REDD+ projects in 2013. Here we look back at the impacts on the ground in 2014.

Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project, Kenya

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Mai Ndombe REDD+ Project, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Project Impact Report_2014_for web Mai Ndombe

Wildlife Works offsets all player travel for 2014 World Series

Image credit: blog.caldwellbanker

Image credit: blog.caldwellbanker

Wildlife Works was proud to work with Bonneville Environmental Foundation and Major League Baseball to offset the carbon emissions associated with the travel of all players for the 2014 World Series games! Since travel of players and fans for games accounts for the heaviest portion of the sports industry’s carbon footprint, the MLB has shown significant leadership as they take a important step towards reducing the league’s footprint. Verified Emission Reductions (VERs) from both Wildlife Works Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project in Kenya and Mai Ndombe REDD+ Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo were used to offset players’ travel emissions to the World Series games.

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Wildlife Works is the world's leading REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), project development and management company with an effective approach to applying innovative market based solutions to the conservation of biodiversity. REDD+ was originated by the United Nations (UN) to help stop the destruction of the world's forests.