We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination.
If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you'll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects.
We currently are supporting projects in Kenya and Uganda. Our Kenya projects include the Shimba Hills Anti Poaching Unit and the Colobus Conservation. Our Uganda projects include the Kirindi Primary School.
Shimba Hills National Reserve Anti-Poaching Unit (Kenya)
Perhaps not one of the most glamorous jobs in the world, perhaps not one of the safest, yet this is a task that is essential to the survival of Africa's wildlife and forests and that is the work of the Anti-Poaching Units.
Poaching has increased dramatically in Kenya for bush meat, fire wood and for ivory and rhino horns. We would like to assist Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in Shimba Hills National Reserve, with some of the necessary items that will enable them to fulfil their duties. Your Pack for a Purpose items will be delivered to the anti-poaching units involved in tracking down poachers, clearing snares, educating the local residents and building trenches to prevent elephants raiding crops. We asked for a brief on the challenges that the Anti-Poaching unit encounters daily:
"On a daily basis the rangers usually wake up very early about 0500 hours and by 0600 hours they are on their daily patrols around the reserve. They face the following challenges:
The terrain in the reserve is difficult being located in the hills and covered in tropical rainforest. This makes walking up and down hard going and the dense vegetation hinders clear visibility of activities at ground level. Illegal activities such as logging and poaching are hard to see from afar. There is often a lot of rain and sometimes it is essential to camp deep in the reserve overnight if following poachers. Rangers usually carry a days rations which needs to be cooked where they camp for the night.
The protected area being a National Reserve, means that the community adjacent to the reserve have some rights to enjoy some of the benefits that are derived from the reserve including: firewood collection of dead wood and traditional medicinal herbs. Most of the community members are peasants who practice subsistence farming hence they are very poor. It can be of help if the school children around the reserve can be assisted in one way or the other including pens and paper, sports equipment and books for school libraries.
One of the ways that we have engaged the community is by training the local youth who act as guides for visitors in the reserve. We do not charge the local youth park entrance fees to enter the reserve. Most of the local guides lack proper clothing to wear when working as guides.
The main aim of helping the community should be to reduce their over reliance on the reserve and to educate them on the importance and benefits of conserving the reserve. The park has a healthy elephant population and it is necessary to reduce the human wildlife conflict where the elephants come into villages and raid the crops."
Items requested by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Anti-Poaching Patrol Unit:
Items can be new or good quality second hand. Every little bit counts. Supporting Rangers with simple but effective equipment such as tents and water bottles makes a huge difference in their effectivenes:
- Wellies (Gumboots) or Hiking Boots from size 7 â€œ 10
- Water bottles especially those with belt attaching pouches
- Rain coats or rain ponchos â€œ army surplus quality would be fantastic
- Sun hats (khaki)
- Torches especially head torches
- Mosquito nets that rangers can use in the field to reduce the risk of malaria
- Tents and camping equipment
- Lightweight sleeping bags
- Duffel Bags
- AA & D cell batteries
- Binoculars or spotting scopes
- Small medical kits that ranger units can carry
- Cameras with GPS locations for evidence collection - KWS have trained Rangers in how to collect and analyse evidence of illegal activity using a digital camera with an integrated GPS unit, which can then be presented to commanders and a prosecution team to use as evidence
- Hand held GPS units
Colobus Conservation Organisation in Diani, Kenya
A conservation organisation designed to promote the conservation, preservation and protection of primates like the nationally threatened Angolan colobus monkey (Colobus angolensis palliatus) and its coastal forest habitat in south eastern Kenya. The organisation was established in 1997 in response to an outcry from local residents about the high number of deaths of colobus monkeys on the Diani Beach road.
Now, many years later, Colobus Conservation has numerous projects concentrating on research and solutions for human/primate conflicts including animal welfare, biological/ecological research, community development and education, forest protection and enrichment and eco-tourism awareness program.
Our Mission Statement is:
To promote, in close co-operation with other organisations and local communities, the conservation, preservation and protection of primates, in particular the Angolan colobus monkey (Colobus angolensis palliatus) and its associated coastal forest habitat in Kenya.
Our Goals are to:
- Conserve and protect the Angolan colobus and its habitat in Kenya;
- Inspire interest and participation in primate and environmental conservation;
- Promote the welfare of primates and to reduce the impact of human development on the environment in Diani and south eastern Kenya;
- Further understand the Diani primate species and their conservation;
- Respond and deliver a high quality primate rescue and rehabilitation service;
- Be a considerate employer through training and fair wage structure, to be self-funding, producing high quality valuable work and to be transparent.
We are part of Pack for A Purpose website and you can find us here for The Colubus Conservation Project in Kenya.
Uganda - Kirindi Primary School in Nazigo District
Safari Joe works closely with Kirindi Primary School located about an hour drive from Jinja. The school is desperately under funded and is always in need of supplies for the teachers and students. Many of the students come from very poor families.
Safari Joe is committed to giving back to the local communities our clients travel to. We take pride in the relationships and connections we have with these incredible people. We are dedicated to improving the lives of the local people through education. Every Safari Joe trip includes authentic cultural interaction and a visit to a school or local community. We can create a unique experience for those who have a special interest and would like to make a difference.
We are part of Pack for A Purpose website and you can find us here for Kirindi Primary School project in Uganda