Short film with reflections on the impact of our Phase 1 Classroom Build
What are the potential benefits of KEEP’s projects and aims?
- By working with our Kenyan partner organisation, KCWCG, to conserve and enhance the wetlands of Western Kenya with a focus on the Saiwa Swamp ecosystem, we will increase local biodiversity and enhance the capacity of the wetlands to reduce the impact of flood and drought on local communities and those downstream of the focus area.
- Providing clean water to the surrounding communities (both people and livestock), will prevent wildlife-disturbing incursion into the wetlands and reduce water-born sickness amongst the local population. In addition, improving waste water management and sanitation will prevent pollution of the wetlands and reduce sickness amongst the local population.
- Providing improved physical infrastructure to local schools will reduce the incidence of dust-borne parasites (jiggers) in school age children and generally enhance the learning environment.
- Providing facilities for, and a focus on, environmental education and environmental protection training to school children enlists their help in spreading the message for activities that will enhance biodiversity and wetland preservation, and promote profitable, sustainable farming practices to the school and local communities.
- Promoting sustainable farming practices will lead to an improvement in the nutritional content of school food and increase the income of local subsistence farmers. This encouragement of alternative income generation activities will act to reduce encroachment into the wetlands.
Improvements to schools are hugely appreciated by local communities and by facilitating such work KEEP will generate a great deal of goodwill towards the wider aims of wetland conservation.