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At Uvumbuzi Africa, we are all about discovery, in Swahili ‘kuvumbua’. Welcome to our discovery journey into the Maasai Mara with Kenya’s own Nyashinski! Join us on our ‘Sauti Za Conservation’, Uvumbuzi X Nyashinski edition, as we bring you epic scenery, unforgettable experiences and inspiring conservation stories from the heart of the Mara.

Watch the full experience on our YouTube page

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YOUTH CAMPAIGN AT SELENKAY CONSERVANCY

During the World Wildlife Day 2020, Uvumbuzi Africa, Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association, Kenya Wildlife Trust and Light Art Club organized a youth-led campaign, #WildAboutLife. The aim of the campaign was to sensitise and expose the urban youth who rarely spend time in natural environments to nature and conservation issues.

 

Through a social media competition, young photographers and videographers were selected to experience sampled destinations including Selenkay Conservancy in Amboseli. The winners got an opportunity to experience nature in its best and intermingle with the communities living adjacent to the conservancy that shares the same ecosystem with Amboseli National Park.

“It’s been a surreal experience interacting with the local Maasai people and wildlife in their natural habitats,” one of the winners said.

Uvumbuzi Africa visit to Wildlife Works as they hosted their inaugural ‘Takataka To Treasure’ event.

Today, 8th November 2020, our discovery journeys took us to The Alchemist in Westlands Nairobi where we joined Wildlife Works as they hosted their inaugural ‘Takataka To Treasure’ event.

The event brought together businesses that maximize on raw resources, repurpose discarded materials, and up-cycle wildlife waste and natural resources; to create a variety of beautiful and practical, everyday use, products. Wildlife Works strives to create market-based solutions to wildlife conservation through job creation and sustainable livelihoods.

Uvumbuzi Africa believes that the importance of achieving sustainable conservation does not lessen the value of empowering humanity. In fact, the two go hand in hand, in ensuring the harmonious co-existence between man and nature.

 

 

#WILDABOUTLIFE YOUTH CAMPAIGN AT IL NGWESI COMMUNITY CONSERVANCY

The winners of the #WildAboutLife campaign organized in partnership with Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA), Kenya Wildlife Trust (KWT) and Light Art Club to showcase Kenya’s biodiversity and give the youth an opportunity to experience the beauty of Kenya’s wild were treated to the magnificence of the Il Ngwesi Community Conservancy in Laikipia County.

Hosted at the Il Ngwesi Eco Lodge, the winners were excited to wake up to the sounds of the chirping birds, beautiful sunrise and an indescribably wonderful landscape.

“It is a whole different life and new experience compared to Nairobi’s concrete jungle, pollution, traffic, and noise,” said Rosen Ian.

Morning walks and game drives across the conservancy’s pristine landscape fascinated and inspired the young photographers and videographers who’ve spent most of their time in Nairobi further.

“It is a scene you can’t really put into words unless it is recorded or you see it yourself,” Kamau said

The team had an opportunity to interact with the local community and could not hide their joy.

“Il Ngwesi is the place to be,” Andrew concluded.

UVUMBUZI X NYASHINSKI MASAI MARA EXPERIENCE (SAUTI ZA CONSERVATION)

Mid-September this year, we headed down to the Mara on an amazing discovery journey. As is our tradition, we met with a group of enthusiastic young men and women from Ai Tong town in Mara North Conservancy and had an interesting chat about their conservation experiences and thoughts on how we can all play a role in Kenyan and African conservation. 

Accompanying us was none other than Kenya’s top pop, hip-hop and R&B artist, Nyashinski. The Malaika singer was fascinated by the beauty of nature in the expansive Maasai Mara, the sounds of the chirping birds, the beautiful sunrise and the clean and fresh air.

“We’ve been enjoying his songs… we are so excited to meet Nyashinski in person,” said Bradley Yatawokidai, a ranger in the reserve.

“I’ve had the best experience waking up to the beautiful sunrise, chirping birds and wonderful views,” Nyashinski said. Adorned in Maasai regalia, the musician appreciated the reception and hospitality accorded to him and the team by the community.

“It’s fantastic that we have Kenyan youth who are engaging more and more in conservation because that’s the future for conservation in Kenya,” said Marc Goss, CEO, Mara Elephant Project.

SAUTI ZA CONSERVATION- INTERVIEW WITH NADYA SOMOE’S (CONSERVATION WARRIORS EDITION)

Nadya Somoe believes that environmental and wildlife conservation go hand in hand. And one cannot survive without the other. As a writer passionate about words and nature, she melds her passion and skills to promote environmental and wildlife conservation through online platforms.

“The easiest way to be involved in conservation, wherever you are, is through online platforms,” she said during a conversation with our programme officer, Ibrahim Omar.

The ‘hashtag activist’ said that the youth sometimes lack the motivation to take part in conservation as a result of the feeling that their action might be too small to make a difference.

“One way to stay motivated is to keep reminding yourself that what you are doing can make a difference,” she advised. “Also, find like-minded people, people who believe what you believe, to give you the fire to press on when you need it,” she added.

Nadya believes women are the hardest hit by environmental challenges especially in rural areas where their chores revolve around fetching water, collecting firewood and so on.

“If they [women] understood how they could play a part in conservation, I really think it could turn the tides since it’s a lot more personal for them,” she said.

Nadya has faith in the ability of the youth to change the world. “The youth,” she says, “when passionate, have the power to change the world since they have tools like social media that can spark conversations and action across the world at their disposal.”

SAUTI ZA CONSERVATION: NYASHINSKI’S UVUMBUZI AFRICA INTERVIEW

In this episode, the popular Kenyan pop, hip-hop and R&B artist Nyamari Ongegu popularly known as Nyashinski sat down with our own Natasha Gatungo to chat about life, music, environmental and wildlife conservation and what inspires him.

 

During the conversation, Nyashinski urged the youth to be more actively involved in the protection of the environment and wildlife without waiting for things to get worse.

“The youth need to own and drive conservation affairs in the country. It’s not a preserve of the old,” he said.

To be more involved, the former member of the now defunct rap trio group Kleptomaniax said that the current crop of youths is inclined to take action and only need to be more informed and enlightened if they are to play their role effectively.

“The more informed the youth are, the earlier they are likely to jump into the conservation bandwagon,” Nyashinski said. 

The Marathon Runner singer said he is not only ready to become a conservation ambassador and lend his voice to wildlife conservation efforts as an artist and a person of influence but will also actively play his part through donating towards conservation, encouraging others to be actively involved in environmental and wildlife conservation and being a conduit between stakeholders.

“I love animals… and I want to leave a good environment and country for the coming generations,” Nyashinski concluded.

#WILDABOUTLIFE YOUTH CAMPAIGN AT MARA NABOISHO CONSERVANCY

Christine Kopiyo, the first winner of the #WildAboutLife campaign contest organized in partnership with Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA), Kenya Wildlife Trust (KWT) and Light Art Club to give the youth an opportunity to experience the beauty of Kenya’s wild, chose to expose her daughter to the magnificence and importance of the natural world at Mara Naboisho Conservancy. This, she said, is in line with her effort to mentor the lively young girl to grow into a citizen who values, appreciates and promotes protection of nature.

“This Nairobi gives her a smaller view of what goes on in the natural world,” said Christine.

Hopefully, Christine’s daughter will share her experience with her peers and inspire them to be actively involved in conservation as well.

 

#WILDABOUTLIFE YOUTH CAMPAIGN AT OSERENGONI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

The youth-led campaign, #WildAboutLife, organized by Uvumbuzi Africa, Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association, Kenya Wildlife Trust and Light Art Club during the World Wildlife Day 2020 to expose the urban youth to nature and conservation issues saw some of the young photographers and videographers like Samantha Nyakoe visit the Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary in Naivasha where she experienced firsthand the benefits of wildlife protection.

Samantha, an online influencer, promotes sustainable fashion consumption by buying secondhand clothes and only shopping from environmentally friendly companies. Samantha promised to use her influence on social media to advocate for conservation and mobilise the youth to engage in conservation. She vowed to continue leading sustainable life.

“You can be environmentally friendly and still fashionable,” she said.

UVUMBUZI COVID-19 RESPONSE: KIBRA FOOD DRIVE

On the 3rd of April 2020, we successfully conducted a food drive in the Kibra area where we provided free non-perishable foods i.e. maize flour, cooking oil, rice, green grams; 260 reusable disinfected masks; and handwashing soap to over 60 vulnerable families, including single-parent households, families with disabled kids/members and two households with cancer patients.

This response was informed by the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 on the day to day lives and livelihoods of the community members. A large percentage of the population in Kibra support their families through daily odd jobs. Due to the restrictions on movements and social distance, these families found it challenging to meet the household demands including basic needs such as food.  

The food drive, therefore, helped the families not only to meet the household food and sanitation necessities but also gave them the incentive to stay home, observe social distancing and protect themselves to prevent further spread of the virus.

During the drive, our team had a conversation with the members of the community on conservation. Despite the challenges, the residents are playing their part in protecting the environment through recycling, raising awareness, proper disposal of waste, conducting cleanups and ensuring hygiene.

“I’m conserving my environment by fetching rainwater, collecting garbage and putting it where it’s supposed to be,” Irene Akinyi, a human rights defender based in the community, said.  

Special thanks go to our Chairperson, Beatrice Karanja, Wambui Kibicu and everyone who gave gracious donations that made this possible. Special thanks as well to our dedicated volunteer team whose commendable work ensured the efficient implementation of the initiative.

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