Greater Good, a charity organization that is based in the United States working to protect people, pets and the planet, partners with Wildlife Works on a variety of projects, including producing apparel at our eco-factory in Kenya and raising money for our projects through activities in the U.S.
Last year, Greater Good paid a visit to the Wildlife Works Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project in Kenya and saw a need for our rangers to have new boots. The effectiveness of our patrolling ranger staff is critical to protecting the 500,000 acres of the project area from poaching of wildlife and deforestation.
Head Ranger Erick Sagwe distributing shoes.
Greater Good worked with their partner Soles 4 Souls, an organization which facilitates the donations of both new and used shoes globally, to connect to the American outdoorsy shoe company Keen. Keen, like all shoe companies, produce hundreds of sample shoes a year, and were able to ship 200 pairs of new sample boots to Kenya. This shoes were enough for our 85 rangers and 15 security staff to be gifted with two new pairs each. Each pair was even labeled with a ranger name so everyone would receive their correct size and style!
According to Eric Sagwe, Wildlife Works Head Ranger, the shoe donation came at the right time, as the old boots were worn out. “The shoes are comfortable and light compared to the previous heavy boots. The durable hard rubber soles are ideal for walking long distances in the bush without getting tired but being well protected during animal and poaching tracking,” he adds.
One of the rangers putting on the shoe
The ranger team at Wildlife Works is particularly happy because the multi-purpose, cool new shoes can be used both in the bush and also in everyday life. A big thank you to Greater Good for your donation!
All of our rangers and security rangers received the shoes
THANK YOU GREATER GOOD AND SOLES 4 SOULS!