The last quarter of the year was very positive and we received some significant donations, which are hugely important in terms of enabling Mara Elephant Project to carry out its work to safeguard elephants in the Mara.
Firstly, MEP is hugely grateful to Sue Anschutz-Rodgers for her generous donation towards fuel and maintenance of the helicopter. This donation will allow MEP’s Karen Blixen Camp Ree Park Safari helicopter to fly aerial monitoring flights for 117 hours to monitor our 21 collared elephants, crucial to ensuring their safety.
We also really appreciate the support given by Sam Miles in Indianapolis, USA who put on a basketball tournament with friends and raised over $2,000 for helicopter fuel. This is a great example of the fundraising initiatives being led by our supporters to help save elephants in the Mara. If you would like to become an elephant champion and raise funds to support MEP’s work by organizing an event, we would love to hear from you.
Players at the Mara Elephant Project basketball tournament fundraiser.
MEP would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made a donation to support our work over the last year. Whether a large or small gift, you can be assured that your money went 100% to the frontlines of fighting for elephant lives!
In November MEP started work on a community engagement project at Ngoswani School in the Mara, which has a lot of human-elephant conflict. This project includes the building of an electric elephant-proof fence around the schoolyard to keep the children and elephants safe, development of a sustainable community woodlot to provide wood for the community to prevent deforestation of the elephants’ habitat, providing a separate toilet block for the girls and refurbishing the old one for the boys.
Children of the Ngoswani School.
The first phase of the project to build the fence is nearing completion and after the April rains, we will start planting the seedlings. Community engagement projects such as this are vital to finding long-term, sustainable solutions to human-elephant conflict, which benefit both the local community and the wildlife. If you would like to support this project, please visit the Generosity page.
We are very excited to announce that MEP will be hosting our first official donor event at Tribe Hotel in Nairobi on April 27, 2017 to launch MEP’s work to local supporters. This event will be a great way to highlight MEP and all of the critical work we are doing to conserve and protect elephants. Contact Development Director Victoria Fanthorpe for more information.
We look forward to bringing you more exciting news on how your support is helping over the coming year and further ways in which you can get involved.