byJoan Wandegi via web
A big part of any organisation is its ability to change and be flexible; LWF is no different. For 24 years, LWF has gone through a number of changes that helped it grow and respond to its membership, opportunities and demands.
More recently, and for the last 8 years, LWF has enjoyed the generosity of US and Dutch tax-payers who supported our Mission: “To conserve Laikipia's wildlife and ecosystem integrity and improve the lives of its people”, and programmes in Laikipia.
This present level of funding comes to an end in June 2016. With the end of this funding comes the departure of staff members whose positions were dependent on donor support.
The end of June also comes with celebration of our accomplishments. These were achieved, in no small part, by the dedication of these same staff.
Because of their efforts, we can celebrate the formation and support to:
• 29 Water Resource User Groups • 13 Community Forest Associations • 53 Community Enterprise Groups • 12 Community Fence Management Teams • 13 Grazing Teams • 4 Holistic Management Committees • 100 School Groups assisted every year in conservation education
We extend a heartfelt vote of thanks to the unit directors, field personnel, programme personnel, and support staff that made work with this many groups possible.
We also thank the communities and partnerships that supported this success.
LWF is not going away. We return to our roots. We will remain a FORUM - a place where people can meet to exchange ideas and to fashion solutions to natural resource problems in Laikipia and the Ewaso basin.
We will continue to address our common Laikipia issues of wildlife, rangeland health, and water resources. We will work harder to listen to the many voices of our membership and work to strengthen their institutions. You will see us emerge stronger and more capable of supporting your neighbourhood priorities. You will find us better able to serve you to connect your livelihoods with conservation of our natural resources.