SCC Kenya is committed to sustainability - making a difference to communities as well as contributing to the preservation of the environment and wildlife in the areas in which we operate. We pursue meaningful and lasting benefits for both the environment and the communities that underpin our operations, with a sustainable and innovative approach. The majority of our guests seek a deeper experience of Africa, and a significant connection with the local community. Experiential travel is now as much about seeing wildlife as relating to the people who live in these areas.
The staff working in our lodges are local, and send a large proportion of their salary home, to educate members of the family or sustain others in rural areas where jobs are scarce. We are commited to supporting local community projects that include support for schools and education, clinics, social outreach projects and water provision. There are too many to list in entirety here, but a few ideas of how we are involved will give an idea of our commitments:
AN INNOVATIVE IDEA TO HELP THE BLIND AND DISABLED
On Borana Ranch, Hide & Sheepskin was set up originally in 1966, by Will Powys, grandfather to Michael Dyer. The ambitious project was started in order to employ the local disabled people in the area, and from humble beginnings in a small wooden thatched building, Hide & Sheepskin now employs a talented group of blind and physically disabled people, creating an impressive variety of top quality sheep and calfskin products. In an area where polio and other debilitating diseases are common, this project gives those affected an ideal means to express their creativity and independence, alongside a sustainable livelihood.
CARING FOR THE SICK
Borana also sponsors a mobile health clinic, the focus of which is AIDS awareness and family planning, alongside an immunisation programme for babies. The clinic has two nurses and one driver trained in Voluntary Counseling and Testing, who visit twelve locations on a bi-monthly basis. In one day, 200 school children were immunised against polio. Approximately US$30,000 is spent annually on maintaining the services provided by the clinic.
PACK FOR A PURPOSE
Guests of Borana can now Pack for a Purpose! Essentially this means that guests are invited to pack materials that will be of help to Borana's health and education programmes, in the extra luggage space that they have. A brilliant idea from Rebecca and Scott Rothney, borne of their first safari to Botswana. Please see more on their website:www.packforapurpose.org.
Environment and Wildlife
At each of our properties, we have a team of top guides who are committed to assisting with the protection of the environment, anti-poaching and animal protection. Our guides play an essential part in our conservation efforts, whilst our managers oversee the initiatives we put in place in order that these efforts are protected. From the water recylcing in our Nairobi office through to all our camps, we are committed to recycling, reducing and re-using as much as possible.
A proportion of each guest's payment goes toward the sustainability of this wilderness, which is achieved by working closely with the local community.
Utilizing ranch land for wildlife protection
In the 1980s, Borana Ranch was primarily a ranch used for livestock, and intensively farmed with cattle and sheep. Today, however, Borana makes up a crucial part of the Laikipia ecosystem, and has become something of a safe haven for wildlife. The Ranch borders Lewa Conservancy, and is working hard to create a safe environment for rhino (this requires huge financial input, with the average rhino costing US$25,000 per year to keep safe).
Michael Dyer, the owner of Borana, was involved in the foundation of the Laikipia Wildlife Forum, which started in 1996. The LWF was set up in order to conserve wildlife and its habitat outside of national parks, through education and the utilization of resources, the promotion of eco-tourism, the control of human/animal conflict and the prevention of further degradation to the rangeland of Laikipia.
The LWF has been very successful in joining together all the peoples of Laikipia - the cattle ranchers, the small-scale farmers and the pastoralists - as a single body to confront economic and social issues in the area as well as promoting conservation. http://www.laikipia.org
The SCC is proud to support the NRT
The Northern Rangelands Trust was established in 2004. Its mission is to develop resilient community conservancies which transform people’s lives, secure peace and conserve natural resources. It does this in a number of ways.
- It raises funds for the conservancies.
- It provides them with advice on how to manage their affairs.
- It supports a wide range of training and helps broker agreements between conservancies and investors.
- It also monitors performance, providing donors with a degree of oversight and quality assurance. NRT’s highest governing body is the Council of Elders. The chairs of the conservancies make up the majority, and are joined by institutional members representing county councils, local wildlife forums, the Kenya Wildlife Service and the private sector. The Council guides NRT policy and is responsible for drawing up the bylaws for its operation and administration. It also appoints eight of the 15-member Board of Directors, to whom the chief executive officer is answerable.
NRT is now widely seen as a model of how to support community conservancies. Its success has helped shape new government regulations on establishing, registering and managing community conservancies in Kenya.