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Closed 09/08/2017

raised of £20,000 target by 37 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,735 to Help small holder farmers in Laikipia West who have been severely affected by the Land Invasions and in some cases have lost everything.

    Laikipia, Kenya
    Funded on Wednesday, 9th August 2017

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    Over the past 12 months, life in parts of West Laikipia has become increasingly hazardous for many communities here, as heavily armed raiders have destroyed both businesses and homes already suffering the effects of a failed rainy season. Thugs and bandits have driven thousands of cattle, sheep and goats onto private property, have stolen livestock and stored crops, destroyed standing crops, homes, household possessions, and taken lives. Whilst the damage caused to larger ranches has been widely reported in the media, there are many more smallholders who have been impacted even more severely - in many cases losing everything with little hope of recouping their investments - and they have received little or indeed no help to date.

    Nancy, who's husband Kariwo Lotome was killed by invaders on Kifuku where his cattle were grazing on an agreement is just one example.

    A donation of $ 45 will buy them the means to replant 1 acre this season, or feed a family for just over a fortnight.

    Any money raised beyond this will go towards restoring the section of the West Laikipia fence on Kifuku’s boundary that helps protect a community of smallholders against crop damage and attack by elephant and other wildlife - and without which makes replanting even more of a lottery.



    • Maria  Dodds3 years ago
      Maria  Dodds

      Maria Dodds

      3 years ago

      41 days to go for this fund raising - please help by donating if you can and by sharing with others who can donate to. We are gathering information on people who have been affected in the community around the ranches in Laikipia West and who will be able to benefit from your generosity. Please help if you can. Thank you all so much.

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    • Maria  Dodds3 years ago
      Maria  Dodds

      Maria Dodds

      3 years ago

      Skydiving ladies for Laikipia West smallholders JUNE 13, 2017 Another amazing initiative by some amazing friends to Laikipia – these four amazing women are looking for sponsorship for their tandem skydive jumps in July. There is an Mpesa number on their photo below: 0799889984 and if you have any more info you can call Liz Thoenes on 0733812315 If there are people from overseas who would like to donate Liz has asked if they could donate through the Just Giving pages already set up…….. Please DONATE If you can and SHARE

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    • Maria  Dodds3 years ago
      Maria  Dodds

      Maria Dodds

      3 years ago

      Huge thanks to everyone who has donated.....friends and strangers all so amazing. Every little bit will help. Mingi Mingi thanks xx

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    Page last updated on: 8/6/2017 17.15



    • Paul Gold

      Paul Gold

      Aug 6, 2017


    • Susan  Thrower

      Susan Thrower

      Jul 19, 2017

      My heart goes out to you and all who are suffering this terrble situation, I hope it can soon be resolved and that this small contribution will help a little. I follow your posts and wish you well.


    • G Kilgarriff

      G Kilgarriff

      Jul 16, 2017

      Many Blessings with your work for the local community.


    • Jess


      Jul 5, 2017

      Liz Thoenes photographs of your lunacy must be sharedMaria - I really hope life gets so much better up there for you all so very soon xxx


    • Gina Good

      Gina Good

      Jul 1, 2017

      Well done to Liz Thoenes and the other skydiving ladies... you ladies ROCK! Thx to Dominique Thoenes too coz my donation buys me the first print of her 'Parachuting Pin-up'😃👍


    • Pat Paterson

      Pat Paterson

      Jun 29, 2017

      Well done Maria....... we truly admire you


    • Simon North

      Simon North

      Jun 28, 2017

      Pleased to support such a worthwhile cause together with Liz Thoenes and all active participants. Please share and donate

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    Maria  Dodds

    Maria Dodds

    Laikipia, Kenya

    Our family have been farming in Laikipia for 4 generations, the ongoing land invasions has been a tragedy to our family and our farm Kifuku, and many other ranches in Laikipia.The situation has also affected the small holder farmers all around us and we want to help them.

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