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In the framework of the World Heritage Volunteers program, in collaboration with UNESCO, the Tsavo National Parks & Chyulu Hills Complex has started on the 14th of July, 2018.
Local and international volunteers gathered to raise awareness on the importance of preservation and protection of our World Heritage sites. During the project, they will attend many activities and will join meetings. Stay tuned with the description day by day of what’s happening there:
Day 1: ARRIVAL OF VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers reached Kenya after a long trip and have been taken to their accomodation to rest a bit before a long trip on the next day.
Day 2: TRAVEL TO TSAVO NATIONAL PARKS
It is a long journey from Nairobi to Tsavo National Parks and our volunteers already had the chance to experience the unique atmosphere of journeys through Kenya. It was also the occasion for them to get to know each other before starting officially the project on the day 3.
Day 3: OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 2018 TSAVO NATIONAL PARKS &CHYULU HILLS COMPLEX CAMP
The entire team and the group of volunteers gathered for the official opening ceremony launching the WHV Camp in Tsavo National Parks & Chyulu Hills Complex with the presentation of our main partners and the program. All of them were also invited to join some getting to know each other activities and they were taken to the working site to foresee their mission during this camp.
Day 4: BUILDING ECO CONSTRUCTIONS FOR SCHOOLS
Our group of volunteers have been working all day long for the construction of new buildings for a school from the East Tsavo National Park. A lot of efforts for the betterment of the education of our kids who were there to share and learn with our local and international volunteers.
Day 5: LEARNING FROM THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
It is with the contribution of many organisations from East Tsavo National Parks that we have been able to organise this day rich of meetings and exchanges between our volunteers and the local community. Threats for our wildlife and our heritage, solutions and challenges were part of the discussions and brought everyone to highlight the impact of volunteers on these issues.
Day 6: MAINTENING THE NATIONAL PARK FENCES IN A GOOD STATE
Foot patrol with Kenya Wildlife Service senior warden (KWS) and clearing of the Tsavo East National Parc game reserve perimeter fence were part of the program of today. Maintening the good state of the National Park borders is a challenge for the security and the good preservation of the park. By clearing the perimeter, the volunteers experienced the daily routine of a warden in one of the main national park of Kenya. Thanks to Kenya Wildlife Service for this enriching experience!
Day 7: BRINGING WORLD HERITAGE VOLUNTEERS TO SCHOOLS
Volunteers started the second part of the program that aimed to promote the project and our initiative in schools and within the local community.Bringing international volunteers and especially World Heritage volunteers in school is a way to promote our initiative to the most valuable public, the youth. This new generation is the one who will be in charge of the preservation of our heritage and we have to make sure that they have the opportunity to learn about their own culture and the existing tools for its protection.
The group also joined farming and other traditional activities in East Tsavo National Park. They finally gathered at the end of the end around the campfire to give their feedbacks about the day.
Day 8: VISIT OF THE KENYA WILDLIFE SERVICE OFFICES
Among the activities, today volunteers visited the Kenya Wildlife Service offices in Tsavo northern sector for a session about wildlife and heritage education. Learning from the expertise of a local organisation like Kenya Wildlife Service is a chance for our volunteers who will be the ambassadors of this knowledge during their experience. For the rest of the day, they helped in maintaining the camp at Kenya Wildlife Service.
Day 9: SAVEGUARD OF OUR ELEPHANTS IN TSAVO
Today, KVSO volunteers were learning how orphaned elephants are being accomodated and put on a feeding program since the poachers killed the mothers and left them on their own.
Raising awareness on this issue is one of the missions of KVSO that aims to protect and preserve our heritage and our unique wildlife.
Day 10: SPREADING THE UNESCO MESSAGE & THE WORLD HERITAGE VOLUNTEERS INITIATIVE WITH KENYAN STUDENTS
Today KVSO volunteers were taking part in the WHV educational part of the program where they engaged students from Kaasala secondary school on the need to be at the forefront in wildlife conservation, preservation and protection around Tsavo East National Park.
Day 11: SHARING OUR MISSION WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
Today, the KVSO World Heritage Volunteers were involved on a door to door heritage campaign exercice to ensure that the message of wildlife protection and preservation was received well.
One of the main steps of our World Heritage Volunteers camp is also to spread our message in order to involve more and more people in the preservation and protection of our heritage. A door to door exercice is also the occasion for our volunteers to gain confidence in communication.
Day 12: BRINGING BACK THE LION WITH KENYA WILDLIFE SERVICE
A stray lion has crossed from the park to the community. The KVSO World Heritage Volunteers together with the Kenya Wildlife Service officers carrying the lion cage trap to trap it and get it back to the Tsavo National Park.
Volunteers stayed also in the local community to help carrying some water and sharing some moments with the kids from the village.
Day 13: TRACKING OF THE ANIMAL POPULATION
Today, tracking of animal population together with Kenya Wildlife Service officers. This is one of the last activities conducted by the volunteers, with the amazing support from KWS present during the entire camp.
Day 14: LAST DAY OF THE CAMP
It is now time to go back to Nairobi and to share the last feedbacks about this 14 days camp in one of the richest World Heritage site of Kenya.
Our volunteers lived an experience all together that they will never forget.
Some of them are up to new volunteering adventures in Kenya with KVSO and for some others, it is the moment to go home with unforgettable memories to share with their family and friends.