2015 ANNUAL REPORT
table of contents
ZF Mission, Vision and 4Cs
4CS IMPACT AT A GLANCE Community Education Water FOR LIFE
Species Conservation Habitat Conservation
Unification cultural exchange: model un
satubo Savings and Internal Lending Communities
Chair’s Message In 2015, Zeitz Foundation furthered its vision of harnessing the power of a responsible market for the wellbeing of society, despite the numerous challenges of conflict and economic uncertainties both globally and at home in Kenya. The adoption of Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris agreement on climate change were bright spots in an otherwise bumpy year that saw a significant portion of political capital and public funds diverted to address the pressing issues of global peace and migration. In such a situation, it became ever more important that not-for-profit organizations like ours persevered in their work. It was a busy year for the Zeitz Foundation, working across the full range of its activities in improving access to education, water and sanitation, conservation agriculture, promotion of micro-enterprises, women development and sports for pleasure and peace. A key highlight of our work in 2015 has been the implementation of a major climate change mitigation and adaptation project, with funds from the Nordic Climate Fund and other sources. This builds on our previous work of waterbank schools and sustainable farming and gives us the space, experience and capacity to also help communities with the globally important issue of climate change. Sustaining non-profit work at a time of political and economic uncertainty is a challenge that most foundations like ours must face and address. Therefore in 2015, we began adapting our structure and approach to allow us to vary the scale and size of our operation according to available resources.
The Zeitz Foundation is also proud to oversee the evolution of its international program into an independent UK-based not-for-profit organization called The Long Run. It is a young organization that has yet to attain longer-term sustainability, but a basis for the world’s largest conservation initiative led by nature-based businesses has now been laid. My message would be incomplete without mentioning the heart warming story of Sebastian Lekurtut, a 16 year old boy from Sukutan village, in the neighbourhood of Segera, who could only start school at the age of 11 years with persuasion and support from the Zeitz Foundation. Sebastian spent much of the early childhood herding cattle, gazing at stars during the night and airplanes flying overhead during the day, wishing he could fly one of those planes someday. Beginning at the primary school, Sebastian sadly wasn’t welcomed and was looked down upon by fellow students for sitting with kids half his age. Undeterred and resolute with his exceptional talent, Sebastian quickly scaled the early grades of the school ladder, earning many distinctions along the way and eventually a place in Maranda High school, one of the top schools in Kenya, where he can now further pursue his dream of becoming a pilot. This report carries with it some other similar examples of the Foundation’s work in the past year, and should make for an enjoyable read. We welcome your feedback to further improve our work, as well as your support to reach more people and communities and help us secure the world’s natural endowment for posterity.
Jochen Zeitz, Founder and Chairman
DIRECTORâ€™s Message For Zeitz Foundation, 2015 was a year of stocktaking, consolidation and reflection as we plan in furthering our mission in the context of many projects and initiatives we carried out over the past 5 years. Short as it seems, we believe, five years is a long enough period to demonstrate impacts. Our two programmes â€“ the Laikipia Programme and the Long Run continued to expand and their impact felt across the globe. The Long Run has evolved into a separate membership organisation, driven by members and expanding steadily. The work of The Long Run now ensures that more than 5 million acres of land across the globe in privately managed areas are protected and contributing to national, regional and global conservation efforts. The Laikipia programme which acts as our nursery of ideas and approaches has continued to carry out impactful work in Kenya. Starting from a small area in Segera, the programme has expanded across 9500km2 in Laikipia implementing interventions that contribute to better ecosystems management be it in conservation agriculture, sustainable water management, conservation education or setting up much needed community infrastructure including waterbank schools and handicraft workshops.
We are acutely aware that conservation only has a real chance if its economic promise can be made more explicit for the community and society at large. Our five years of work have marked Segera as an engine for growth in the community. In all our projects we have worked on collaborative partnerships and 2015 was not any different. These partnerships have led to improved social infrastructure including more than 25 school classrooms, a handicraft workshop, a sports stadium and rainwater harvesting installations in the community. Our engagement with the neighbouring community has also increased household earnings through employment and other community led enterprises. Our conservation education outreach continues to nurture the next generation of community c stewards of nature and our bursary scheme has borne fruit with more than 70% of our students qualifying for university. The challenge of making quality education accessible to all is enormous. Our modest contribution, we hope, illuminates the path what is possible. This annual report presents some highlights of our work in 2015 in the context of our achievements and challenges over the past five years. These successes inspire us and the challenges fuel our passion to do more, to make our collective home, Earth, ever better. Njenga Kahiro, Programmes Director
the Zeitz Foundation: Mission, Vision and 4Cs Our vision is of an ecosphere – our planet and all of its life-sustaining regions – maintained in the healthiest possible state, with the major contribution to that health coming from people making sustainable choices. Our world is facing increasingly complex challenges that threaten our future and that of the planet. Tourism has potential to play a vital role in contributing to a sustainable future and it was with this in mind that ZF was founded by Jochen Zeitz in 2008. ZF’s aim is to continue to create and support sustainable ecologically and socially responsible projects and destinations around the world, acting on its vision and mission through two inter-linked programmes: • The Laikipia Programme (Kenya) • The Long Run Initiative (Global) A non-profit charitable organisation, headquartered on Segera Ranch in Laikipia, Kenya, and with representation in Germany and the UK, ZF promotes an innovative approach to ecosystem management in privately managed areas. The Laikipia Programme ZF Kenya was established in 2011, primarily to oversee and support the Laikipia Programme, centred in the semi-arid greater Segera area, and operating throughout Laikipia County.
The Long Run Launched in 2009, The Long Run Initiative is the global face of ZF, pursuing its mission internationally.
A common thread weaves through all the 4Cs – the ultimate goal of sustainability for all, and a healthy planet where humans exist in harmony with their environment.
Sustainability in Action Our world is a complex and dynamic system of interdependencies, requiring a constant rebalancing of the forces upon which we depend – communities, conservation, culture and commerce. The key to sustainability in The Long Run lies in ensuring holistic, committed effort in all these four areas. We refer to these areas for active engagement as the 4Cs.
Community It is the right of every person to have their basic needs met and enhancing the well being of communities is a fundamental obligation of all. Conservation Biodiversity is life. Conservation is safeguarding this biodiversity and the integrity of the ecosystem services it provides which support global needs. Culture Understanding and respecting difference is crucial to our future. Our ability to innovate and evolve is what makes us uniquely human. Drawing on our uniqueness we enrich each other and contribute to a greater common good. Commerce Trading and the accumulation of wealth have been central to the development of civilizations over thousands of years and are likely to remain so. Uncontrolled, this commerce has had negative impacts, but conducted in a more holistic and sustainable way, it can be a positive contributor to The Long Run.
The Laikipia Programme is the ‘nursery’ for ZF initiatives that encompass ZF’s unique 4Cs approach. These are nurtured to maturity, and then shared with The Long Run Initiative network.
4CS IMPACT AT A GLANCE Ecological restoration of acres underway including the planting of trees
Degraded land restored to pristine wildlife habitat on Segera Ranch. acres now home to many indigenous endangered species, eg. Lions, cheetah, patas monkey and other indigenous species
youth directly involved in 4Cs, peace and unity activities through the Laikipia Unity Programme, which uses football to create an outreach network indirectly involving some people annually
5 Conservation agriculture demonstration and training plots established around Laikipia with people trained. Plans underway to develop 5 more plots and train more over next 2 years
Environmental education across Laikipia reaching people / yr
A pilot project for restoration of wilderness areas and improvement of livelihoods (the Laikipia Land & Unity Initiative) on acres of community land neighbouring Segera, with scope to expand to acres throughout Laikipia
Laikipia Unity Football Academy is giving world class football training to 48 students / yr, and providing 400 children with improved educational facilities and litres of clean, sustainably harvested rainwater
Eco-clubs established in 4 schools provide hands-on environmental education and activities for students / week
Alternative energy technologies introduced, including Wonderbags, solar lights, low energy jikos and biogas to enable adaptation to and mitigation of climate change
Sustainable rainwater harvesting and filtration technologies developed for and introduced in areas neighbouring Segera, including Africaâ€™s first award winning â€˜Waterbank Schoolâ€™
Bursaries provided to students to attend secondary school
Education Bursaries for high achievers “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” – Nelson Mandela Education remains the surest way out of a life of poverty. A classroom is not just a place where children learn to read and write; it is also a stronghold, keeping them away from exploitation, violence and abuse. The Zeitz Foundation bursary programme supports bright but needy children from our community in Segera. Since the launch of the Foundation, 56 children have beneficiated from the scheme. Each bursary recipient is offered a place in a boarding school. At the end of term, the children spend a day with the foundation staff reviewing their performance and setting goals for the period ahead. We also share the work we do; ensuring that we recruit sustainable natural resource management stewards from among the scholars. It is usually a day of deep reflections on what each of us is called to do to make our collective home a better place for present and future generations. But is also a day of celebration of how far we have come as a community and how far we want to go and how we can impact our communities through education. We are proud to say that the investment made in these children is bearing fruit; ten out of fourteen children in the pioneer scholarship years have joined the university.
Living the 4Cs: Zeitz Foundation scholarships come of age Today, undoubtedly, more people have realisedthat education still remains a fundamental solution to break the cycle of poverty and entrenched negative cultural practices. It is this desire to break from this cycle of poverty that Sebastian had but could not fulfil. It was almost an impossible task for his family. “There was no-one to look after our livestock and my poor mother could not afford to put me through school,” says Sebastian. It was until 2011,after his brother got a job with Zeitz Foundation as a community wildlife scout thathis dreams started taking shape. John, his elder sibling, could now afford to pay his fees.
He saw airplanes and got fascinated. The moment he realised that it is actual people flying them, he knew he wanted to become a pilot in future. The countdown is on. “When I joined primary school, it was to fulfill my dream but some students in my school and community members would tease me about my age, I was 11 years old when I joined Class 1,” says Sebastian Lekurtut, a 16 year old lad from Sukutan village, north of Segera. “Now, I thank God that through the Zeitz Foundation Bursary Scheme, other children from my village will learn to never lose hope, work hard and become even more determinednotwithstanding thechallenges they face.” A decade ago the Kenya government announcedthe startof universal free primary education. Although millions of children did get to school, alarge number of children still drop out due to societalchallenges like poverty, migration, inter- ethnic clashes, drought and other climate-related challenges.
And he did not disappoint when he finally landed in school. He convinced his teachers to admit him even though he had not attended pre-school. The thirst he hadfor education and determination shocked his teachers, family and friends. In his first ever exam, he came top 5 of the class. In his second exam scored 469 marks ascending to first position in 2011end of term examinations. In one year He was promoted from Class 1 to class 3. In 2013, he only attended class 5 for one term before proceeding to class 6. He topped the class and led all the way until he sat for his final primary school exam at Matigari Primary school where he scored 395 marks out of 500. All this was not easy, “as a pastoralist you will never get time to study, so whenever I took goats to graze, I always carried my books to read and at night I read with the aid of a torch,” he says. That mark was good enough for him to be admitted to Maranda High school, one of the top schools in the Kenya. Thanks to the Zeitz Foundation and generous support from friends of the Foundation, Sebastian will be on his way to achieving his dream of being a pilot. He joined to Maranda High school, one of the top school sin the County and going by his past performance, we won’t be surprised if in a number of years Captain Sebastian Lekurtut welcomes us to a Dreamliner!
Segera community participates in Model United Nations In the spirit of the 4Cs, the Zeitz Foundation facilitated contact between our neighbouring Endana Secondary School and Ferney-Voltaire International School in France. This contact has led to Endana School being invited to the French school which was organizing its 16th International Model United Nations Conference in Geneva. Four students and the school principal travelled to France for the conference between 13th -15th January 2016 and represented Kenya in the Conference. The students spent time in France and in Switzerland where the conference was hosted at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) building. The students, future diplomats in the making, articulated various positions assigned to them in the conference, speaking before hundreds of people and gaining useful exposure and confidence. This also provided an opportunity for cultural exchange and appreciation with Endana students performing a Maasai dance and learning about preparing local foods such as Raclette and Fondue. The students from both schools are very appreciative of the platform accorded to them and have hopefully formed bond of friendship that lead to better relations between communities of the world.
3,000,00oL amount of water that can be harvested at the endana school/year
Water FOR LIFE Building Climate Smart Schools in Laikipia In the communities where the effects of climate change are manifesting themselves through prolonged drought and erratic, heavier than normal rainfall water banking in public buildings and community spaces is an important model for demonstrating how communities can become more resilient as water sources dwindle. In 2015 we started constructing our latest water harvesting school building. The school will be in completed in early 2016 and will benefit more than 320 students and teachers at Ereri Primary School in Segera location. The building sits on top of a 100,000 litres reservoir and has five classrooms, two teacher offices and the courtyard is easily transformed into a theatre performance space allowing multiple and complimentary uses. The first waterbank school (pictured) was built and opened in 2012 at Uaso Nyiro Primary School by Zeitz Foundation with funding from Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission. The concept comprises a unique, low-cost, rain harvesting building and termed ‘Water banks’ because of the building’s capacity to harvest and store
PHOTO: Caroline Dekeyser
high volumes of water at low cost, providing a year round supply. The first waterbank constructed at Uaso Nyiro Primary school harvests 360,000 litres annually. In 2013 it won the US Green Building Council’s “Greenest School on Earth Award 2013 and was listed on Sustainia 100. The second and much more ambitious project was the Laikipia Unity Football Academy at Endana Secondary School. The centrepiece is rain harvesting 5-a-side football and volleyball stadium with seating for 1500. The structure also houses the administration rooms, classrooms and an environmental education centre and has an annual rain harvesting and storage capacity of more than 1.5 million litres under the playing surface. The buildings offers an innovative approach to addressing one of Africa’s most pressing problems, provision of clean drinking water; whilst providing urgently needed sport facilities. The annual harvesting capability of the school is in excess of 2 million litres of water in a semi-arid region that receives 550mm rainfall per annum. The latest building also adds to the ongoing Climate change mitigation and adaptation project being carried out by Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Zeitz Foundation, the County government of Laikipia and NEPcon of Denmark with funding from Nordic Climate Facility. The project addresses adaptation through conservation agriculture and rainwater water harvesting. Six out of ten demonstration and training site are already operational in Kinamba, Endana, Gatero, Matanya, Nanyuki, Salama.
Sharing our water harvesting innovations with the rest of Kenya In the Amboseli ecosystem, there are no perennial flowing rivers, and for much of the
year there is extremely limited water available naturally in the area. As a result, seasonal rivers, water holes and wetlands are vitally important for the ecosystem ecology, and for sustaining the areaâ€™s wildlife populations. Communities continuously rely on seasonal rivers, shallow wells and scooping of river beds for water and very minimal roof catchment for water harvesting. The sources of water are both unsafe and unreliable as the water sources donâ€™t last for more than
a month after the rains. One way of solving the water shortage problem is through sustainable harnessing and exploitation of available water sources for both human and the livestock in the area. One of such is the rain water harvesting technique pioneered by the Zeitz Foundation Laikipia programme in Sukutan Village North of Segera. The challenge was how to ensure a household gets clean rainwater when their house is grass thatched or mud walled all round. The team came up with an innovative solution involving a water proof poly tarp, wood guttering frame, first flash filtering, above ground capture and underground storage with a hand pump to draw the water from the underground tank. Unlike most rainwater harvesting setups, the principle in this innovation was not to force the Amboseli Maasai households to change their building architecture but rather to incorporate the tradition in designing the innovation. Through collaboration with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) Zeitz Foundation staff trained the community artisans in Amboseli how to fit the rain water harvesting manyattas in CyuluHills in the villages of Oltiasika, Olbili and Lemasusu. Other installations were done at Meshanani, Lisa, Lolakir,Ilmalba and Siena. In total 28 installations were done with capacity of 5000 litres each. The training also involved maintenance of the installations. We certainly hope our approach will help pass the word about sustainable water harvesting across the Amboseli border to Tanzania.
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Species Conservation Community theatre tackles holistic grazing Drama is widely recognized as an extremely effective way of generating public understanding of social and conservation problems. Drama breaks the barriers of literacy, and creates opportunities for discussion of complex, contested and controversial issues in a relatively safe and open environment. Based on this premise, as well as considerable experience of our own, a community theatre group â€“ Segera Community, Peace and Outreach Arts - developed a play integrating the messages from the rangeland management thematic area. Laikipia being a conflict prone area, the message also included the link between sustainable rangeland management and peace and security. Twenty performances were carried out, eight more than originally planned due to demand. The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) invited the group to perform in areas where grazing conflicts were most fierce, bringing knowledge and providing a suitable platform for conflicting communities to discuss the sustainable grazing solutions. The local leadership also invited the group to perform in other grazing conflict hotspots. In total 6,870 members of community attended the performances in 20 locations spread across Laikipia. The response was very positive and communities shared their experiences and learnt from each other on the need to plan grazing in a more holistic way and how the failure to do so leads to conflict and suffering.
people AT PERFOMANCES in 20 locations
HABITAT Conservation Climate Action As the world continues to grapple with climate variability and climate change, questions arise about how to build resilience in communities particularly those living in the fragile arid and semi-arid lands in the present, as well as in the uncertain future. According to Kenyaâ€™s First National Communication (2002) to the UNFCC CoP, incidences of drought are anticipated to increase both in intensity and frequency as a result of climate change. In response, Zeitz Foundation Kenya and NEPCon of Denmark entered into a 30 month partnership in March 2015 with funding from the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO)to enable marginalized communities in the highly vulnerable area of Laikipia to adapt to climate change, contribute to stabilizing GHG levels, and graduate from subsistence farming to producing marketable surplus. Scaling-up conservation agriculture, innovative rainwater harvesting and human wildlife conflict mitigation technologies will be the principle vehicle for adaptation and enhancing resilient livelihoods, which will also generate mitigation benefits. However, more significant mitigation benefits achieved through carbon sequestration by restoring degraded privately and community managed wild lands. These gains, along with increased productivity and sustained access to profitable markets, will enhance the socio-economic well-being of local communities. The project is being funded by Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) and has brought on board other local and international partners, including Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Vizzuality UK and County Government of Laikipia among them ensuring a blend of international and local knowledge and capacity to implement the project as well as co-financing.
In 2015 some of the key achievements of the project were; • Organising a stakeholder workshop to launch the project attended by 52 participants from government, private sector and community. • 20 trainers of trainees (ToTs) trained and dispatched to provide extension services to famers around project sites with technical support form project staff and local government officers • Establishment and operationalization of 5 demonstration and training sites in Endana, Nanyuki, Matanya, Gatero and Kinamba on 18 acres of land. • Drip irrigation covering 8 acres installed at the training sites
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Rain water harvesting facilities constructed at the 5 site with capacity to store 4050m3 bringing the total of storage to 200m3 6 farmers field days held at the 5 sites reaching 515 famers with messages in CA, RWH, HWC and forestry from technical experts Extension services provide to 8,423 farmers by the 20 ToTs; Each site is manned by 2 ToTs. It is important to acknowledge that some of this farmers may have been reached through repeat visits. 4 tree nurseries established at 4 sites with a target of raising 5,000 trees at each site. Current numbers are at 2,000 tree seedlings ready for transplanting in the next rainy season.
8423 number of farmers REACHED BY EXTENSION SERVICES
5000 treeS RAISED per nursery in 4 nurseries in 4 sites
Consolidating Land for posterity Since 2013, together with partners,The Nature conservancy (TNC) and African Wildlife foundation (AWF), theZeitz Foundation has been implementing the Laikipia Unity and Land initiative, collaborative long-term programme with local community leaders, the Laikipia County Government and local non state actors. The initiative addresses contested land rights and tenure in one third of the County (230,000 acres) as well as human-wildlife conflict, degraded resources, insecurity, and low economic productivity. The objective of LULI is to bring about a new dispensation those resultsin land being managed as larger, more ecologically sustainable, and economically and socially viable unit. A pilot area was picked and two principal players identified, a land owners association representing 3000absentee land owners and a community based organisation that represents 38 pastoralist households that reside in Sukutan pilot area. Two mobilisation processes for the identified key stakeholders were started in 2013 and work continued in 2015. The process has largely been successful in bringing together the players but not without challenges. One side are the landowners, majority of whom do not reside on the land and on the other side is a group of pastoralist households who have been using the land in the last decade. Working with local leadership and deploying Geographical Information Systems (GIS), the team has been able to track and bring together thousands of absentee land owners to discuss sustainable use and utilization of their subdivided land holdings. This was achieved largely through mobilizing them through vernacular radio and through the local chiefs. The challenge of achieving the representation of the land occupiers was, however, different; many of the pastoralist communities occupying the abandoned lands are not formally well organized as corporate groups (such as CBOs) and many communities are fluid, with families moving into and leaving different areas throughout the year depending on their grazing needs, the availability of water and the security situation. Because there are strong ties of kinship and reciprocity, even where communities have formed an organisation to represent their interests, membership of the organisation is likely to be fluid, with many families informally claiming or exercising customary rights to a particular ranch area. This means that a substantial amount of capacity building and institutional development was required for pastoral communities to create and maintain sufficiently effective, legally recognized and competent member-based institution to represent their interests. Despite these challenges, the willingness of people to confront the underlying historical, social and cultural factors in current resource use and management practices was an important factor contributing to the success of the consultative process. Other factors include finding appropriate entry points for discussion, building partnerships and supporting legitimate local leaders and resource people.
Some of the achievements of the 2015 in this project were: • Sustained engagement with all the stakeholders involved in the project including the county of government of Laikipia, land owners and community residing on the land • Bringing together over 3700 landowners together to amalgamate the first 8600 acres of land • The land owners finally amalgamated the land into two parcels. The scope and numbers of people involved is unprecedented in Kenya and serves a model for other areas in Kenya • The approach was shared in many forums and informed intercounty discussions on grazing, land use planning and county budget planning process. • Structured grazing dialogue with neighbouring ranches
landowners brought together to amalgamate the first 8600 acres
Planned grazing – A triple bottom line Too many times when the grasslands have been under a lot of pressure, the usual prescription has been immediate destocking. For communities whose livelihoods depends nearly hundred percent on livestock this is a painful prescription. The communities north of Segera were in such exact predicament. It is in human nature to want simple prescriptive methods guaranteed to give good results year in and year out. Holistic grazing moves away from such prescriptive manner, because thoughtful assessment, thoughtful planning and action, and skilled observation with responsive re-planning will create better and better results over time. It is this approach that the Foundation advocated in the first half 2015which was quite dry and exceptionally hot. Three communities namely – Sukutan, Suguroi and Northern Aproaches were engaged by the project staff in March 2015 at the height of the drought to jointly work with Segera ranch to demonstrate holistic grazing management that incorporates
livestock and wildlife. Segera provided the managerial inputs in the demonstration as well as access for community livestock where the herders practically learnt “on the job” the rotational grazing planning. The project team assembled a Geographical Information system (GIS) database that became useful as decision support tool and from which areas delineated for the model were determined. The first organized and planned grazing; setting clearly areas for dry season grazing and relief grazing was signed off in July 2015 The impact of these holistic grazing agreements is considerable. Not only were the livelihoods of 3 communities, involving approximately 450 households, neighbouring Segera assured during the drought; but additionally the range within Segera which supports dense populations of wildlife, including many endangered species, was enhanced through holistic range management involving community cattle and thus biodiversity is also enhanced.
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The Laikipia Unity Football Academy After the construction of the physical facilities for the Laikipia Unity Football Academy in 2014, the first batch of 12 first academy students aged 14 years were selected to join the academy in January 2015. The students were selected based on their football potential and off the field achievements in areas of leadership, academic achievement and environment stewardship. The Academy targets to recruit 50 students into the academy in the next 4 years (by 2018). The students undergo football drills from Wednesday through to Sunday and environment conservation activities on Mondays and Tuesdays totalling to 21 hours of training and activities each week. Quality training in football Technique, Insight, Communication and Character (TICC) and activities aimed at improving the physical fitness of academy athletes form the best part of the 21 hour weekly routine. Besides playing football the Academy students have to maintain high academic scores each term. The students are also growing 7,000 seedlings as part of their environmental conservation contribution to the society
Fully paid scholarship offered to students at Endana Secondary School 16
In 2015, the academy together with the Laikipia Unity league achieved the following • Trained 28 males and 4 females from eight Laikipia unity program zones on basic football coaching, officiating and on 4Cs. • Fully paid scholarship for 12 academy students on year one at Endana Secondary School. • Academy students cared for over 2,000 apple acacia tree seedlings at Endana Secondary School tree nursery which are ready for planting. • Trained 12 academy and Endana secondary school students in 280 tactical and technical sessions for 448 hours (76% of the normal annual training). • Organized 405 male and 28 female matches during the Laikipia Unity League. • 67 male teams and 8 female teams participated in Laikipia Unity program matches and 4Cs activities, conservation, commerce, culture and community. • 146 boys and 41 girls from Endana primary and secondary schools visited the Laikipia Unity Football Academy environment education class. • Organized two seminars on league management and 4Cs for LUP league coordinators representing 8 zones. • Academy team played 16 tournament and friendly matches and won 8, drew 3 and lost 5. • Successfully completed home to home meetings with the 12 academy student parents in their respective homes during our Project field visits. • Successfully organized Laikipia Unity Program League finals in Nanyuki Municipal stadium. • Successfully organized 14 league committee meetings in LUP zones like Nanyuki, Greater Segera, Kinamba, Timau, Ngobit, Kimanju and Matanya. • Developed player consent and player agreement for academy students, school parents and guardians.
Laikipia Unity League: 4Cs in action When Laikipia Unity league kicked off in 2013, one of the conditions for participation in the league was having a 4Cs (Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce) project. You could score all the goals in the football pitch but if you didnâ€™t have a 4Cs project then you couldnâ€™t win the championship. At first the more than 120 teams participating struggled to integrate a project into their daily football talk and schedules. One team, however, took this message to heart and hit the ground running. Gatero Girls High School, one of the 7 pioneer ladies team participating in the league, chose a reforestation project within their school compound. The twenty girls in the team each set a target of growing (note not planting) 20 trees per player each season. Before long, they had recruited their school principal in their quest to win the league both in the football half and in the 4Cs half. In 2013, they were runners-up in the league final but they had also planted more than 600 trees with more than 500 surviving. In the 2014 league season, the girls enlisted the whole school in their 4Cs effort and a target of 2200 trees was set. The Zeitz Foundation staff managing the league set up camp at the school working with teachers and students to help them achieve this milestone. Indigenous trees and non-indigenous trees important for fodder and wood fuel were selected for planting. The school set aside land for the Gatero United Football team and the creation of their 4Cs arboretum began in earnest. The more than 600 girls in the school planted the trees and their 2200 trees target was met enabling the team to sit top of the league table in the 4Cs section of the league. Spurred on by the 4Cs advantage, the girls fought very hard against more season opponents and lifted the Laikipia Unity league 2014. They repeated the feat in 2015.
2200 trees grown by gatero girls for the 4cs challenge
The trees planted have now taken the shape the girls envisaged, a beautiful arboretum that reminds girls that you can excel on and off the field and football is and can be a force for good. The school team has now has gone beyond the students and is providing outreach to parents and community members who are coming to learn from the young ones how they are doing it. For Gatero United, popularly known as G-United Football team, they live the 4Cs and they have earned the respect of their peers as role models and environmental stewards. And it does seem they are inspired by the late Prof. Wangari Maathai, which can only be a good thing.
Laikipia Unity Football Academy takes shape The Laikipia Unity Football Academy has taken off with admission of the second cohort of students selected to join the academy in 2016. The Academy, run by the Zeitz Foundation, is a one-of-a-kind innovative educational and sports centre in the heart of Laikipia County, aimed at cultivating peace, spreading messages of environmental conservation and sustainability, and encouraging top educational achievements through the power of the world’s most popular and celebrated sport – Football. In its second year, the academy has an intake of 24 students, the first cohort of 12 students having been selected in 2015. The Academy is home to the Laikipia Unity Cup, a biennial football tournament that brings together thousands of young people in Laikipia in spirit of unity and friendship to tackle conservation and community development challenges with football as the community mobilizing catalyst. It is these outreach activities that caught the eye of officials from Tongji University in Shanghai, China who have initiated a collaboration that seeks to help the academy graduates join the university and possibly play in the Chinese Premier league. Joseph Jagero, a former Nairobi City Stars tactician who now manages the academy is elated about his charges facing a different kind of opposition, “We have a very good crop of players capable of playing at the highest levels and I am excited that the boys are finally getting notice in a way that exposes them a different level.” Njenga Kahiro, Director of the Zeitz Foundation says that such partnerships are part of the long term development plan of the Academy. “Whilst we don’t promise our players professional football we do promise a journey that will be challenging and help them to achieve their full potential both on and off the football pitch. The majority of the players are drawn from Laikipia, identified through the LaikipiaUnity League and who upon entry to academy receive a full four year sponsorship. Mr. Kahiro says the aim of the scholarship is developing adaptable players that excel in the technical, tactical, physiological and psychological demands of the modern professional game whilst being conservation role models and stewards in their community. The academy is part of an ambitious plan to build from scratch a Kenya premier league team – Laikipia United- that is different in the way it advocates for environment and sustainability issues. A team that truly lives the spirit of Sport for Good.
SEGERA’S SATUBO WOMEN GROUP COMES
SATUBO women group was established and registered in 2010 by twenty women from the Segera Village with technical assistance from the Zeitz Foundation. The name is derived from the three ethnic groups that make up its membership – Samburu, Turkana and Borana. The idea to establish a beading group sprung not merely from inspiration, but from necessity. In 2008/2009 Kenya suffered a severe and disastrous drought that killed most of the Segera community’s livestock. Livestock was the main source of income for the pastoralist community and inevitably the drought had devastating ramifications for the community members. Without cattle, their only source of income, the community had hit the rock bottom and women were especially affected as they wholly depended on cattle and sheep owned by their men folk. The women had no money to buy food, clothing, and access health care or pay for their children’s education. To compound this situation further, majority of the families were squatters living on land they didn’t own and lived daily with fear of being evicted. The formation of the enterprise group was therefore a coping mechanism for people whose only way was up after hitting the low of the low. So five years after formation, what is the impact of the group? Since its inception, the ladies in the group made a decision to save 30% of the sale price of each item in order to purchase land of their own. After diligently saving for nearly 4 years, they finally purchased their own land. The group, with assistance of Zeitz Foundation, the Parker Fray Family and the Australian Direct Aid programme of the Australian High Commission, constructed a handicrafts workshop at the Segera gate village in 2015. The beautiful building was celebrated with pomp and dance during the opening ceremony in June 19, 2015. This singular achievement by the women has brought a new confidence to the community. The skills that they have always had can and are enabling them to access markets across the world – from servicing orders by renown designer Vivian Westwood to making bespoke items for lodges in Laikipia and also for local markets. Perhaps, the greatest achievement is the respect that the male folk have for the group after seeing them create something from nothing through hard work and diligent saving. In November the group entered a competition run by Safaricom’s M-PESA Foundation for community initiatives and won. The grant will enable the group to improve their business practices with hope of generating more sales and making the women 100% reliant of their handicraft business. We sat down with the ladies and asked them what impact the group has had on their lives.
and women in her community. Income from Satubo has helped her provide basic education for her children, health care and they can now afford two meals a day. In future, I hope to buy land, afford proper education and ensure my community gets easy access to water, water that is clean and safe for their families to use.
Abdia Lenguiya Borana Napanu Longuo Maasai
Jane Karimi Kailikia Meru
She joined Satubo in January 2012. She is married as a second wife and a mother of 6 children. Her favourite craft is the Maasai Necklace.
Is the Chair and among the founding members of Satubo, December 2010. She is a vice- chair of women in her local church and a health work volunteer of an anti-jiggers campaign in Greater Segera. She is a married, mother of 4 children, 3 biological and one from her sister. Her favourite craft is making necklaces and sewing wonderbags.
Before she joined Satubo, she worked as a casual in peopleâ€™s farms. I enjoy working in this group because I am able to earn money, money that I have used to pay school fees for my kids, buy clothes for my children and utensils. Her future goal is to save enough money from her beading work and buy land where she can live permanently.
Before joining Satubo, she was a stay-at-home mum making ornaments for personal beauty. Life was hard back then, I could only afford one meal a day and when my husband had no money we went to bed hungry. Satubo has had a great impact in her socio-economic life. She has gained respect from both men
Joined Satubo in September 2015, a member and her favourite craft is bangles. She is married with 4 children. Before she joined Satubo, she was worked as a farm casual earning Kenya shillings 200 per day. I am happy that I joined my fellow women to work and earn income, no matter how little is,I am not discouraged because it is the work of my hands. You got to start somewhere, right? Then you work hard to rise from the bottom to the top in life. She is hopeful that one day she hasenough income to buy land and provide for her family. Currently all her money is spent on food.
Esther Imaaret Turkana
Jecinta Nainyet, Turkana
She is among the founding members of Satubo since December 2010. She is secretary of the group and Nabokolem Dancers (local traditional Turkana dancers.) She is married and a mother of 4 children. Her favourite craft is bangles. Before she joined Satubo she worked as farming casual earning Kenya Shillings 150 and 200 on a good day.
Joined Satubo September 2015, her favourite craft is the cultural necklace. She is married with 7 kids. She is a Satubo member and chairlady of Jerusalem Kenya Women Group. Before she joined the group, she worked as a casual farming and earning Kenya shillings 200 per day. She is happy that after joining Satubo has been able to earn money that she has used to buy 8 pieces of iron sheets to build her house, pay school fees and can afford two meals a day. In future she hopes to buy land and build a house for her family.
Satubo has had a great impact in mylife;I now have high self-esteemwhen interacting with my peers. I have become a role model to them and I love the fact that they respect my work. She has been able to buy a TV, radio, phone, chairs and a small solar panel for her house.Her next priority is to buy land where she will build a home for her family.
My fellow women admire my work and I have gained respect in my community, as a mother and a woman. My other source of income is from selling fruits and vegetables during market days, that is once a week in Depatas.
Taramishen Lekomaisa Maasai
Pandalo Lekaritiwa Maasai
Patricia Lenges Maasai
Alicia Lekuye Maasai
Ntoisoni Leuwasi Maasai
I am the vice- chair of Satubo group, among the founding members since December 2010, I love making necklaces, bangles and table matts.
She joined Satubo group in December 2010. She is married with 9 children.
She joined Satubo in December 2010 and her favourite item to craft is Necklace. She is married and a mother of 7 children. Before joining Satubo, she was hawking her handicrafts and worked as a casual labourer earning Kenya Shillings 200 per day.
She joined Satubo in December 2010, her favourite craft is the Maasai necklace, bangles and rings. She is a mother of 5 children.
She joined Satubo in December 2010. She is a mother of 4 children and also supporting her mother with her 6 children.
Taramishen is married with 8 children. She is the sole bread winner in her family because the husband is sickly and partially blind. Before joining Satubo she worked as a casual farm labourer earning Kenya shillings 150 on a lucky day. Income from the handicrafts has really supported her family’s wellbeing to a large extent. She has been able to educate her 3 children, buy food and stock for her small shop in Samaria. She hopes to buy land through this same channel and build a house where her family will live happily.
Before joining Satubo she worked a casual labourer in people’s farms earning Kenya Shillings 200 per day on a good day. Satubo is currently my only source of income. All the money earned is spent on food, clothing and education for her children. Women around me admire that. In future she hopes to buy land, start a business and educate all her children. Satubo is my only hope.
Working with Satubo has had an impacted my life.I can now earn money, buy food and afford school fees for my children,“ says Particia, “I have bought a goat as a small investment, I hope to sell the surplus milk and earn a few coins. Her goal in future is to start a business and buy land to settle her family.
Before joining Satubo she worked as a farm casual earning Kenya shillings 200 per day. Satubo has helped her afford food, clothing and education from the orders they sell. She is happy to work hard and earn like other people. I know Satubo will help me save enough to buy land and start a business to rear goats.
My mother and I live in neighbouring manyattas and since she is in her old age, I am the sole bread winner for the whole family. Before she joined Satubo she was working as a farm casual earning Kenya shillings 200 per day. On unlucky days and when I fell sick back then my entire family slept hungry. Since she started working with her fellow women in Satubo, she has been able to afford at least two meals on a good day, she can afford to buy uniform for her school going children, 3 of her
own and 2 from her mother. She has bought a goat and on market days she sells her handicrafts. In future she hopes to afford school fees and also save money to buy land to build a permanent family house.
Anne Keshine Maasai I joined Satubo in March 2012. Before, I worked as a casual in people’s farms earning 150 shillings per day. This was hardly ever enough to feed my family and I had to look for an alternative job. I joined Satubo. Anne is married with 5 children. Her favourite crafts are napkin holders and necklaces. She is a role model in her family. She has bought chairs in her house, food, clothing and utensils. In future, she hopes to buy land, build a house and educate her children.
Fridah Kathambi Meru She joined Satubo in August 2013, she is single and her favourite crafts are bracelets and necklaces. Before she joined Satubo she was a housewife. Life has changed completely since I joined Satubo. I work and get money that I have used to buy gas, a drawer and I have helped some of my relatives. I will buy land in future and start a business from my savings.
Joyce Leserewa Maasai
Jeniffer Larapo Maasai
Nailapo Letorok MAASAI
Ntoijoni Letorok SAMBURU
She is among the founding members of Satubo since December 2010. She is married and a mother of 5 children. Her favourite crafts are necklaces. Before joining Satubo she worked as a farm casual earning 150 and 200 shillings per day. Her life has changed since she started working.
She is among the founding members of Satubo. She is a treasurer of Kenya Women Group at Nanaiyana. She is married with 6 six children and also raising one grandchild from her son. Her favourite crafts are the napkin and Maasai traditional necklace.
Joined Satubo in December 2010 and her favourite crafts are the necklaces. She is married, has 7 children and also taking care of her 3 grandchildren. Before joining Satubo she worked in peoples farms earning Kenya shillings 250 per day. Her goal is to buy land and start a goat rearing business.
She joined Satubo in 2010, December. Ntoijoni is married with 6 children and her favourite crafts are the beaded table napkins. She worked as a casual in people’s farms earning Kenya shillings 150 – 200 per day. Since she joined Satubo she has been able to earn money and provide basic needs for her family like food, clothing and shelter.
I stopped digging in people’s farms so that I can concentrate in my handicraft. All the income I get has been used to pay school fees. Her goal is to ensure her children get better education first then buy land and start a business.
Before I joined Satubo, I was a housewife and my duties were simply grazing goats. Since I joined Satubo I have been able to work, buy food and clothing which gives me joy as a mother. In Kenya Women Group, I have learned to save money. She plans to buy land in future and start her own business.
Satubo has shown me great things in life. If you are able to work and get money, no matter how little it is, you reduce poverty and problems in your life.
My family loves me and they appreciate what I do. I have been able to educate my children and it is paying off. My son is in Nairobi University and two are in college, a boy and a girl.
Segera Savings and Internal Lending Communities Savings and Internal lending communities (SILC’s) are a type of community-based savings groups promoted by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and its partners to strengthen the livelihoods of the people we serve. SILC’s builds on traditional savings practices and benefit from the accumulated experience of savings group practitioners around the world.
groups, providing initial training and follow up extension support. The groups have grown their savings and members have started lending amongst themselves. In 2015, the groups collectively mobilized amongst themselves a total of KES 250,000 (US 2,500) for lending providing a group guarantee and enabling their members to start small household projects.
A SILC is a self selected group of people who pool their money into a fund from which they can borrow. The money is paid back with interest, causing the fund to grow. These savings and borrowing activities take place during a cycle of pre-determined length (Usually 8 – 12 months), at the end of which the funds are distributed to members in a proportion to their total savings. Additionally, SILC’s contribute fund that caters for members emergencies.
These groups are: • Imani SILC group • Kaayo SILC group • Segera Jirani na Mazingra SILC group • Satubo women SILC group • Endana women group • Wiyumeririe Women group.
In 2015, the foundation staff worked with community members to set up 6 SILC
250,0000 collectively mobilised for lending by 6 groups in 2015
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Zeitz Foundation Personnel:
Chairman and CEO of PPR, Mr. Francois-Henri Pinault (Commerce) Award-winning director, writer and producer, Mr. Stephen Hopkins (Conservation) Olympian and sprint superstar, Mr. Usain Bolt (Culture-Sport) Internationally acclaimed African musicians, Amadou & Mariam (Culture-Art) Xia Yu, one of China’s leading film stars Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler, fashion designers
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Specialists: Holly Dublin (Conservation) Mark Coetzee (Culture -Art) Colin Jackson (Culture-Sport)
Board Members (UK): Mr. Jochen Zeitz (Chairman), Germany Mr. Keith Madders O.B.E (Treasurer), UK Mr. Kevin Ford, UK Professor Nigel Leader-Williams, UK Dr. Jon Hutton, UK Dr. Liz Rihoy, Kenya Mr. Bruce Liggett, UK Mr. Mohammed Rafiq, UK Ms. Alisa Swidler, UK Mr. Michael Poliza, Germany
Board members (Kenya): Mr. Jochen Zeitz (Chairman) Mr. Ali Kaka (Treasurer) Dr. Liz Rihoy (Secretary)
Board members (Germany): Mr Jochen Zeitz (Chairman)
Mohammad Rafiq, Executive Director, Anne-Kathrin Zschiegner, Coordinator Programme and Membership Delphine King, Technical Assistance Facility Victoria Smith, Market & Brand Laikipia Programme: Mohammad Rafiq, Executive Director, London, UK. Njenga Kahiro, Kenya Programme Director Beatrice Muchiri, Finance and Administration Manager Patricia Muiko, Biodiversity, Communities, Carbon and Livelihoods Projects Manager Emily Ongus, Community Extension Officer Eligah Mutanda, Communications and Projects Support Officer Joseph Jagero Rabuogi, Project Manager – Laikipia Unity Programme and Coach Laikipia Unity Football Academy Christopher Maina Mbogo, Projects Technical Officer Stanley Maina, Maintenance assistant Pauline Erupe Ekodiat, Housekeeper Antony Munderu, Maintenance Assistant
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It was a busy year for the Zeitz Foundation, working across the full range of its activities in improving access to education, water and san...
Published on Sep 23, 2016
It was a busy year for the Zeitz Foundation, working across the full range of its activities in improving access to education, water and san...