Opening day speechesBuilding School

The original two classrooms can be used for primary students, and the new one for the nursery children...

Schools...

The new classroom for the Milgis school is ready, and there is also running water in the school from a solar pump 4 km's away!!...

 

Thanks to the generous contributions of Rich Clise, Toto Trust (UK), Franzi Krummel, and Sera Gerngross. This means the school moves on to primary education… The original two classrooms can be used for primary students, and the new one for the nursery children... We now have at least 100 students in the school!!

 

On the 29th March we had a very colourful ceremony for the opening, and took the chance to 'talk conservation' to the incredible gathering of 530 people who pitched up from far and wide!!

 

The Women 'dressed up to the nines' started the day with some beautiful singing... The meeting was opened with a traditional prayer, by one of the elders, then the head teacher held a minutes silence for Alan Helen's late father, who they had all got to know so well building the school last year, and was going to build this classroom! He said that he will be very much missed, by every one...

 

The chairman introduced all the guests to all the residents… there were many speeches from all the elders appreciating the Milgis Trusts work. We were lucky to have Sargent Isa from the Kenya Wildlife Service, who gave an excellent speech about how one can benefit from looking after the flora and fauna... To start with where would we be sitting if this tree wasn't here… he said!! Also that If they look after the Elephant, when a tourist wants to see it, 3 people get a job... A driver, a man to carry his bag and a man to point the Elephant out!!

 

One of the Milgis Trust scouts reminded everyone where the money came from to build the school… [Tourists who had been on safari with Wild Frontiers, so therefore they must look after the wildlife!!]. The children from the school sang 3 songs of appreciation… The meeting ended with a Samburu prayer. There was food for all guests, kindly arranged by all the locals!! In the meantime there was an incredible bank of cloud approaching... And not long after this the 'heavens opened', and the school was well 'blessed!!!

 

Other projects include…

In the near future we hope to build a small dispensary near the school, as there is very little healthcare in the area, and would be major benefit to the people.

 

Rairaiti...There is a school here that has continually suffered over the years from bandit attacks, and most of the doors and desks were missing, including one of the roofs. The manager assessed what was needed and we were able to put the school back on its feet...

 

We will be holding a competition amongst 10 schools in the area, the  students will be given a piece of drawing paper, pencils and crayons. The two best drawings of Elephants from the 10 schools will be sent on a tour to Lewa, to see the wildlife close up! Should be interesting!!

 

Dams... There are vast tracks of land that could be used if there was water... Pans dams and catchment dams on the small Luggas are the answer. This would be of enormous benefit not only to the Wildlife... Elephants on their quest to return to the north, and particularly the Grevy Zebra, that each day walk miles to find water, but also to the Nomadic communities for there livestock... Opening up these areas would ease the over population in the areas where there is water, and reduce erosion, and land degradation. These dams would also ease the Human/wildlife conflict enormously.