Monthly Archives: April 2015

An Apology to Future Generations: Wildlife Works and Stand for Trees Partner with Prince EA

It is our sincere pleasure to announce that Prince Ea, an American rapper and spoken word artist, has partnered with Stand for Trees on a new video that was released this morning.

Prince Ea’s work touches on social, political and educational topics and has inspired millions of people around the world to think and act on positive collective evolution. Now, Prince Ea is urging his fans to take action on the most pressing issue of our time – climate change. His latest video, “Dear Future Generations: Sorry” is a tribute to the future generations to whom we leave our planet and a reminder that how we treat our earth today matters.

Last month, Prince Ea traveled to Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to visit Wildlife Works’ pioneering REDD+ projects that demonstrate a successful way to stop deforestation by rewarding forest communities who conserve their forests, inspiring him to write this piece.

Founded by Code REDD, Stand for Trees is a first-of-its-kind consumer campaign that uses the power of social media and crowdfunding to enable everyone to take real and effective action to reduce deforestation and curb climate change. Each time we purchase a Stand for Trees Certificate, we do a tonne of good because each Certificate prevents one metric tonne of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere, all while preserving threatened forests, protecting wildlife, and empowering communities.

To help spread this message, we need YOUR help. Please help us share this video via social media to ensure support for the REDD+ mechanism continues to grow and thrive.As we approach the world’s twenty-first year of international climate change negotiations, it has never been more critical for citizens to begin demanding and building climate action. That is exactly why Prince Ea has teamed up with Stand For Trees to create an unprecedented reflection on the consequences of our climate inaction, and an inspired vision of collective change.

Trees stand for us, it’s time to stand for trees!

Meet Rehema, a Student Who Never Gave Up On Her Education

Born in 1990 in Kale village in the Marungu area, Rehema never knew what her future held. At the very best, she was certain that she would end up growing old in her rural village. Rehema Mwaka is the second born in a family of four. Her parents are both subsistence farmers in Kale village. She joined Kale primary school in 1997 but because of the extreme poverty in her family, she was forced to dropped out for 2 terms due to of lack of school uniforms and tuition funds. However, she went back to school in the 3rd term and managed to maintain top position in her class and even became the top performing girl in her region.

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With all this, Rehema had nothing to rejoice about because she knew her family did not have the financial means to send her to secondary school. Despite receiving an acceptance letter from Alliance Girls High School, Rehema continued with her daily chores at home; assisting her mother in the shamba, fetching water and firewood. She also made and sold sisal ropes which was her only source of income to meet her personal needs.

But good news came her way one afternoon while she was working at home. Wildlife Works Kasigau REDD+ Project was offering sponsorship to needy but bright students in the Marungu area through the KELIMU Trust program. Without a moment to waste, she arrived at Wildlife Works with her primary school teachers but unfortunately, they had missed the deadline. She was devastated.

Alice Owen, former Wildlife Works manager and KELIMU Trust founder, could not let the future of this girl be wasted. She offered to pay for Rehema’s first year of schooling with her wedding funds as she looked for future sponsors. She finally joined form one at Alliance and life took a turn. In form 2, she received a full sponsorship from KELIMU trust, which assured Rehema could stay in school.

Life was not all that smooth in Alliance for her. Transitioning from a small village into an urban setting had its many challenges. She felt naïve to her new environment and faced stiff competition from other students who had come from different parts of the country.

She persevered and completed school in 2008 with B+ average. She took a job as a teacher at a Marungu secondary school in 2009-2010 before joining Moi University to pursue a bachelor of science in environmental science, again through the support of KELIMU Trust.

University life had many challenges but Rehema is focused on achieving her goals. Her family background motivated her to always work hard so that she could help lift her family out of poverty.

During the long holidays, Rehema and other sponsored students would volunteer at Wildlife Works to learn about environmental conservation. It was with Wildlife Works that she developed her interest in pursuing an environmental career at University. She graduated in 2014 with a degree in environmental science and is now back as a volunteer with Wildlife Works.

Her focus in the near future is to transform the lives of young girls in her village by educating them on importance of going to school to acquire knowledge and broaden their mind to achieve their goals. We are proud to have Rehema as a shining example in our community.

WHAT IS WILDLIFE WORKS?

Protecting + Forests + Wildlife + Community since 1997.

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.