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Please help me raise funds for the Leroghi Forest Conservation Fund. Buy a tree sapling or sponsor a beehive to help prevent the chopping down of ancient trees for honey and to replenish the forest of those trees already felled. The fundraising target of £3,000 is for the first Army Expedition which will run in April 2009 where we will distribute and present your donation. £30 = 1 beehive or 3 saplings as well as funds towards a new building for the local school.
I am a Director of an Adventure Safari business operating in the forest as well as a serving British Army Officer. We already raise funds through Samburu Trails Trekking Safaris and I am now organising Army Adventure Training Expeditions to the Leroghi Forest which also provide the opportunity to bring saplings as well as beehives to the more remote communities in the leroghi Forest only accessable on foot. The soldiers embarking on these expeditions will contribute up to £500 of their own money in order to cover costs - please help raise funds so that we may have trees to plant and beehives to donate to the people living in and around the Leroghi Forest. Please read on for more background information ...
The Leroghi Forest Conservation Fund was set up in November 2002 by the Faull family and Wilderness Journeys (UK). It has since developed ties with Wilderness Foundation (UK) to raise funds for a number of initiatives in partnership with Honey Care Africa and The Green Belt Movement to name but a few. Our aim is to develop and promote a series of simple local community-based conservation and development projects in association Samburu Trails Trekking Safaris and British Army Adventure Training Expeditions.
Like many pristine forested mountain ranges in Kenya, the Leroghis are under threat from overgrazing by cattle, sheep and goats, unsustainable charcoal burning, and most worryingly, the ill-advised honey gathering techniques of local children and young men who, ignorant of the sustainable harvesting techniques of their ancestors and tribal elders, are clear-felling 200-year old trees in the forest in order to collect about $30-$40 worth of honey from the hives within. One of the drawbacks of modern "development" is that with the subjects currently taught in school under the modern Kenyan education system, the local children learn little of the things which their ancestors were taught by generations of tribal elders, i.e. the importance of living in harmony with nature.
The objective of our initiative is to provide basic education and involve the local people fully in the preservation and sustainable utilisation of the wonderful natural resource that is the Leroghi Mountain range - and that they benefit both financially and socially from their efforts. It is our aim to focus our attention on realising the value of a pristine forest as a continual source of :
• sustainable firewood
• watercourse protection, where the roots of the mature trees provide soil stability and preserve the natural watercourses for the benefit of the local tribespeople and their cattle (especially in times of drought)
• wild honey, with simple education initiatives to foster an understanding of the fact that in practising sustainable honey harvesting techniques which do not involve felling ancient trees, there will be a renewable supply of honey for many years from the same tree.
The people are also faced with a real threat from wild animals. Elephants marauding among crops and leopards (and occasionally lions) attacking livestock are real problems. In order to move away from the current situation where these increasingly rare wild animals are shot by the desperate farmers and livestock owners, we wish to provide funding for better fencing and livestock enclosures so that the wild animals are deterred from becoming a nuisance. If the local people can also come to understand that visitors to this area are partially here to enjoy sightings of wild animals - and that the local people benefit financially from these visitors - then with better fencing/livestock enclosures, they will in time adopt a different attitude to the wildlife.
We are in the process of developing a number of small-scale environmental education and reforestation projects in association with the local Samburu communities of Baua and Poror, specifically involving the local young people and primary school children. These will be financially supported by a contribution made by Samburu Trails Trekking Safaris on behalf of every client who joins one of our a trekking safaris and by the generous additional contributions made by several of our recent clients. The British Army Expedition will have a more hands-on approach by delivering tree saplings and beehives to the remote corners of the Forest as well as monitor progress for the fund.
Our ethos is to "leave only footprints" on our trekking safaris and we hope that through our joint efforts with the local Samburu communities, these unique forested mountains will remain for the benefit of future generations of Samburu children and trekking visitors alike.
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Charity Registration No. 1118493
It helps people to acquire essential life skills through wilderness trails programmes. Using nature as a classroom, leadership, decision making, self-esteem and respect for others are developed. Increased responsibility towards the environment and community is an invariable outcome and is a powerful antidote to growing materialism marking modern society.
Still a student
Donation by Aline Tabib on 13/01/09
Donation by Edwina Wood on 08/01/09
Do you need beekeeping gear?
Donation by John & Lesley Sullivan on 05/01/09
+ £21.15 Gift Aid
Where there are bees, there is honey - Pooh
Donation by Richard Monelle on 02/01/09
+ £8.46 Gift Aid
Let there bee comprehension
Donation by Rainer on 29/12/08
Let's save our forests
Donation by Naomi P on 24/12/08
very important cause
Donation by Catherine Budgett-Meakin on 19/12/08
+ £5.64 Gift Aid
Donation by Tony Yapple on 15/12/08
+ £28.21 Gift Aid
Sounds like an excellent cause - nice one centurion.
Donation by Mike Appleby on 14/12/08
+ £14.10 Gift Aid
Without honey, where would we bee?
Donation by Cuz No 1 on 12/08/08
+ £9.87 Gift Aid
To get the ball rolling
Donation by John Faull on 12/08/08
+ £8.46 Gift Aid
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