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THE POKOT YOUTH TOUCH AN ELEPHANT

Ciao Jon and Slo,

After a week of excitement : -Travelling in our bus and camping in our Nairobi garden -!- walking the streets of Nairobi avoiding the traffic, carrying an Elephant head in Hessian cloth that Sveva had made by a delightful puppet-maker artist, performing to great acclaim at the Global March for Elephants, visiting the Bomas of Kenya, seeing lions cubs and baby giraffe at the KWS Animal orphanage, and finally experiencing the unbeatable highlight of TOUCHING a live baby elephant*-!!- at the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, -the core group of six Pokot acrobats leaders stayed on in Nairobi as our guests, undertaking further specialized training organised by Sveva at the Sarakasi Trust Dome, in Nairobi, Ngara.

Pokot Peace Team 1 Pokot Peace Team 2
Pokot Peace Team 3 Pokot Peace Team 4

Today the Pokot Peace team of Acrobats are returning from Nairobi to Laikipia and East Pokot with a thousand stories to tell:

they came to say goodbye in my office

they came to say goodbye in my office.

Touching the elephant

* Their highlight, they said - was observing -so closely- the orphan elephants, and were deeply moved by their antics, that they compared to human children, and told us they long to still have elephants in their own land -where once they used to abound- and to create a performance in their villages on elephants - for elephants!

The GMF's Pokot Youth Peace Team is a duly registered cultural group with the Ministry of Culture, and we have opened a Bank account for them.

They have become icons and role models for their peers.
This project, ongoing since 2009, is helping to show the positive, creative and fun character of the Pokot people, from a region of unsurpassed beauty and assets, but long torn apart by insecurity, cattle rustling, and poaching.

Becoming an Acrobat

It needs a great deal of discipline and training to become acrobats: and it is far more challenging than pulling a trigger of an automatic rifle and kill a defenseless elephant for gain.

This is one of the many community outreach, educational and conflict resolution projects of the Gallmann Memorial Foundation.

Kuki with Sveva

And the the team of trainers minders coaches and teachers the Gallmann Memorial Foundation in Ol ari Nyiro.

On the bus on way to the Global March!

On the bus on way to the Global March!


PROJECT PHOENIX, FEEDING, LAND OF HOPE AND THE CHEETAH AS A GIFT

Dear Friends,

Lots has been going on!

Although we had and still do terrible illegal grazing problems, our projects and committment proceed.

PROJECT PHOENIX:

A LONG WAY from those dark days of March with sky stained in smoke and only ruins and tears. With your help, we are making it!
6 banda done and watch next for mess area.

Project Phoenix Project Phoenix

from the fire and ashes, new buildings (with 'unburnable' stone beds...well, we have LOTS of stones..)

Project Phoenix Project Phoenix
Project Phoenix  


COMMUNITY and FEEDING:

ONCE AGAIN WE HOSTED OUR GENEROUS ITALIAN DOCTORS OF MAISHA MAREFU, AND THEIR YOUNG VOLUNTEERS AT THE END OF JULY, AND OUR FEEDING PROGRAMME GOES ON.

Images talk for themselves:

Community and Feeding Community and Feeding
Community and Feeding Community and Feeding
Community and Feeding Community and Feeding
Community and Feeding Community and Feeding


ACTIVITIES at LAND OF HOPE:

A DEMONSTRATION OF THE ECO-FRIENDLY SAWA SAWA JIKO -THAT WORKS ONLY ON SMALL TWIGS: AND SAVES ENERGY AND TREES,

INVENTED BY KAZUHIRO ISHIKAWA

Land of Hope Land of Hope
Land of Hope Land of Hope


CLINIC

SISTER LORINA FROM THE MISSION COMES EVERY WEDNESDAY TO LAND OF HOPE, WHERE SHE SEES HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN AND WOMEN IN OUR CLINIC. THE EAR SPECIALISTS FROM THE NETHERLANDS CAME TO OUTFIT WITH DONATED HEARING AIDS THE KIDS OF SIPILI SCHOOL OF THE DEAF.

Clinic Clinic
Clinic Clinic


AND A STORY OF BEGINNING TO LEARN..

.... I spotted him at the clinic, as he sat with his father....diffident at first the teenage Pokot boy Kaptikit, joined Chaon, who had been at school.. and slowly slowly learnt to write..

Beginning to learn Beginning to learn
Beginning to learn Beginning to learn
Beginning to learn  

and became VERY popular, in the process!

Beginning to learn Beginning to learn

.... and here comes a third boy, he could not resist...

Beginning to learn Beginning to learn
Beginning to learn Beginning to learn


ON the way back at sunset a creature of great beauty, majestic and solemn sat on an anthill.
A MALE CHEETAH.
As I took my camera it moved out of the way, graceful, unhurried, focused on the mpala.

Cheetah Cheetah


With love and gratitude,

Kuki, for Sveva and Team

OF THE GALLMANN MEMORIAL FOUNDATION,

IN OL ARI NYIRO, ON THE GREAT RIFT VALLEY

AUGUST, 2014


ANNOUNCEMENT :OL ARI NYIRO, IS A KEY BIODIVERSITY AREA!!

Dear Friends,

Many years ago,when I was learning to come to terms with fate and solitude, my self - discovered therapy was walking alone, with a ranger called Mirimuk, through the valleys and hills of Ol ari Nyiro, as if by tiring my body I could heal my soul.

It worked.

One evening as the sun was setting behind Lake Baringo, I found myself standing on a hilltop, the depth and mystery of the Mukutan Gorge, immense, below me.

In the silence I discovered a million voices, a million hidden creatures shared that cathedral of Nature and of the spirit with me.

There were not just the great elephants, the giraffe and the buffalo, not just the lion, the rhino, the sleek black leopard, the kudu and the wild dog: there were the thousands different large and tiny plants, the insects, the lizards, the bats, and the birds.

They were life, and so they were powerful: but inconspicuous, and so vulnerable.

In their invisible presence I felt humbled, at the overwhelming realization that I was their guardian.

I can remember the rush of emotion, that became a purpose: I decided to dedicate my own life to ensure their protection.

All around us, the forest was cut, each tree the habitat to a thousands creatures.
Illegal charcoal kilns stained the sky with smoke.

The first thing I did was getting rid of the livestock: weekly dipping in poisons to free them from parasites, killed all insects - the pollinators-, affected the biodiversity.
Protection brought regeneration- and results. This photo here below, and the ones that follow, tell you this story better than a thousand words:

My friends: I am proud, and moved to announce, that I learnt from Nature Kenya yesterday, that, despite the fires, the poaching and the thousand challenges -Ol Ari Nyiro, having qualified in April as Important Bird Area (IBA) no . 64, or an area recognized as being globally important habitat for the conservation of birds populations) , has been officially declared as a KBA - KEY BIODIVERSITY AREA- through Nature Kenya and Birdlife International, a status recognized by the IUCN with the following definition:

"Key biodiversity areas are places of international importance for the conservation of biodiversity through protected areas and other governance mechanisms."

In Praise of the WILD!!

Kuki,with Sveva and team
of The Gallmann Memorial Foundation, Laikipia Nature Conservancy in Ol ari Nyiro on the Great Rift valley of Kenya,
On 30th June 2014.




Facts about Ol ari Nyiro:

  1. Ol Ari Nyiro (The Place of Springs) is 400 sq km privately protected area, situated at the extreme edge of the Great Rift valley
  2. It is part of the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspots,
  3. It has qualified as one of UNEP World Designated Protected Areas (WDPA).
  4. 484 species of birds, 7 of which are listed as globally threatened with extinction in the IUCN* red list,
  5. 55 species of Reptiles,
  6. 15 amphibians
  7. 2350 species and subspecies of plants, one of which Aloe francombei, new to science, is endemic
  8. 142 GPS documented natural springs of which 64 are permanent
  9. 60 man made lakes
  10. Early and Middle Stone Age archaeological sites have been recently discovered there.

OAN was in the news last year 2013, for the discovery, within a few months, of two species new to science : a butterfly, only known from the Engelesha forest, discovered by Mike Roberts, and named Aslauga gallmannae (Libert & Collins 2013) and a new Frog, Tomopterna gallmanni, Wasonga & Channing 2013- discovered by Museum researcher Victor Wasonga (Photo above).

At this time the Kenya Water Tower agency is planning to gazette Ol Ari Nyiro as a WATER TOWER ( they sent a team to assess OAN Vegetation and ground water, and with

more to follow,

We aknowledge with gratitude parastatals, organizations and individuals who have been and are invaluable in this ongoing quest:

  • the invaluable professional contribution, cooperation and support of the researchers of the National Museums of Kenya, and in particular of Victor Wasonga, Titus Imboma, Wanyoike Wamiti, John Kochey, Ken Wambua, Morris Mutua,Hosea Wanderi, Dr Malombe, Purity Kiura and especially Dr. Mzalendo Kibunja.
  • The cooperation and support of the entire Kenya Wildlife Services , rangers, senior wardens and assistant Directors, and in particular Dr. James Njogu, Julius Kimani, Aggrey Maumo, Eric Aduda, and sergeant Ltungayon Lalaigwanani.
  • The Kenya Water Tower Agency with Francis Ole Nkako and Antony Maina
  • The Kenya Institute of Remote Sensing, and Dr. Kinyanjui, Christopher Amudavi and Robert Kimutai
  • Nature Kenya, and in particular Fred Barasa
  • Birdlife International
  • Esri and Jack Dangermond
  • William Kimosop, Mike Robert, Liz Rihoi, Ali Kaka, Bianca, Michele Candotti

Land of Hope, project Phoenix, and the Snake of Good Luck

Dear Friends,

As we get on with Project Phoenix-Fire reconstruction - re-building flat out all week long:

(THREE banda ALMOST DONE, SIX WALS BUILT, TEN in all to DO..) now painting with the red ochre)

and details at Land of Hope, on weekends, kids do something different - something creative, and fun: art competitions, singing, playing, treasure hunts, running, and foot ball.

Guided by artist Edwin who came to create murals, and later to help painting the re-built staff houses, kids EAT, get on drawing, young talents emerge and the Pokot Acrobats of the Pokot Youth Peace Team -who have been re-trained by a Sarakasi Trust's Coaches, entertain everyone.


and for me...a sign.. a touch of magic...a deadly puffadder? no, the Snake of Good Luck... a good day... and night brought the elephants at the salt lick...

and few days later, on the eve of my birthday, I went to sit and spend the night alone on the Kurmakini dam....a shuffle, few rumbles.. and my Gift, to share:

With blessings and thank you.

KUKI, SVEVA AND TEAM,

FROM OL ARI NYIRO, ON THE GREAT RIFT VALLEY OF KENYA

on 16TH JUNE 2014


PROJECT PHOENIX...and the Albino Dik Dik

Dear Friends,

So much to write about... where to begin?

WELL, from the staff houses and staff mess (that will also be covered in thatch)..

The toilets? These were in stones, some exploded, disintegrated... basins cracked, so we rebuilt (ten banda bathroooms.. well, we have PLENTY of ROCKS...)

... the sustainable cypress poles for rafters, came by Lorry from Kisima Timau (Three more lorries on their way..)

I placed a chair from where to direct operation and proportions.. together we figured it out..

some old cedar poles were removed from a fence... and hessian cloth and wire makes it quicker, to be quickly plastered. Plastering ongoing as I write..

We sent the canter down to Nakuru for the papyrus.. the sides are hessian and wire, quicker to build, that we shall plaster in ochre..

and now we cover the roofs with sustainable, fast growing lelechwa thatch - that an army of women has been cutting... we shall make it!


With tents all burnt and post melted...bought small marquee to serve as temporary researchers and volunteers mess/ dining area, that Ali and valiant Taylor Kariuki decorated

Tired? yes, tired, but it is all worth it and the friendship support and solidarity of our friends make it possible.

In the evening fading light, driving up to Makena with guests, a white streak crossed the path in front of our car...a small white animal...a surprise...a portent! an ALBINO DIK DIK!

When a rare Albino animal appears, it is an omen, a good omen... and all will be fine.

Photo: Courtesy Daisuke Okada

I send you blessings, and thank you, from the heart.

Kuki, with Sveva and team

from Ol ari Nyiro, Laikipia Nature Conservancy

On the Great Rift valley

on 28th May 2014


Kuki Gallmann Statement to mark World Migratory Bird Day 2014

Dear Friends,

Before it is too late!

With blessings - to the BIRDS!!

Kuki

 

Kuki Gallmann, Ambassador for the Migratory Species for CMS,author of the bestselling book "I Dreamed Of Africa", provides a Statement to mark World Migratory Bird Day 2014.

With the theme "Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism", World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2014 will highlight the links between migratory bird conservation,local community development and wildlife watching tourism around the world.


Project Phoenix! We MUST Move On

Dear Special Friends- the ones I know and the ones I do not yet know:

In tragic moments we count our friends: in the tragedy of these fires, friends and strangers responded from afar. We have no words to thank you.

Slowly, slowly, but with determination, beginning wit the firefighters staff that helped us- with your support we have began to rebuild! As we can and with what we have, and with what we managed to put together.

Blessings !

from Kuki, Sveva and the team of Ol ari Nyiro

on 12th April 2014, Emanuele' s 31st Anniversary

I let the images talk.

Staff mess area:


Done

Metal Houses/Steel Structures


 

THE BANDA WILL TAKE LONGER- AS WE HAVE NO FUNDS AT ALL for them yet.

 

MAINA AT WORK ON BATHROOM NO. 1

 

OUR NEW 'SITTING ROOM" (OH , WELL..)

 

Staff got presents: on burnt tree new leaves sprout...


 

.. and, with  the superiority of Nature, shy, in the night, elephants come, nonetheless!



 

Fire Damage Update

Dear Friends,

Further to my earlier message, here some more images of the tragic fire damage at OL ARI NYIRO.

In addition to the staff quarters and buy content and rebuild from zero the research camp with students researchers and volunteers Banda, -and their mess area- of which NOTHING is left.

Unprecedented and terrifying speed and ordinary extinguishers could not help.

If any of you or your friends feel that the work we have been doing with the GMF/ GAC is valuable, we would so gratefully accept any donation.

WE MUST REBUILD.

Italian friends of Maisha Marefu have donated for emergency staff housing and we have ordered initially 10 metal structures - delivered to day.

A sad hug to all, from Kenya as we try to figure it out.

God bless,

Kuki with Sveva and team

We have a pay pal number for online donations here

rebuilding the staff accommodation first; we need urgently to re-build the researchers/ volunteers/students banda and the Peace Village_all gone.


 

the research centre banda accommodation: only standing is the toilet section.

 

beginning to rebuild staff section

 

gift of mattresses and bed for some of the staff

 

SIMON, JOSEPH, JOSEPHAT, MAMA, ABOTO, WAWERU, MAINA


Fires like Devils: NO More Words

Dear Friends,

At noon on Sunday 9th March, Ol ari Nyiro was taken over by a destructive malicious bush fire.
Carried by unprecented high winds, sparks of the dry fluffy Lelechwa flew over the massive double and triple firebreaks we had been working at incessantly since October, landed on tall dry grass and started new fires everywhere.

An army of flames charged down from our boundaries with terrifying speed. From Sunday morning to Thursday evening we fought an inferno. We needed a miracle. Then the spirit of the Grandmothers sent unexpected a shower of rain in answer to our prayers - and the fires died leaving smoking ruins and broken buildings. We cannot even begin to take in the extent of this damage. We lost all the centre bandas, the mess area, the volunteers accommodation, the stores, a good part of Sveva's house, all building materials, water tanks melted, spares, furniture, equipment, tentage, and most of the houses at our ecovillage, 10 of the staff houses and all their content- staff food, supplies, their personal treasures.

The girls at the Wilderness Education Centre where we host local kids for free, ran inside the water as the Lelechwa around it went up in flames, but we managed to rescue at least those buildings.

A blessing: the fire was very fast, the grass will grow back: and importantly, however, we managed to save all the large trees; the Enghelesha forest, all the sacred Mukutan gorge, all the big trees at Llera, lugga Tunkuri , the Olive groves of Ngobithu,Ol Donyo Oriu,
and Mlima Kissu.

In the choking smoke next to centre firebreaks, a small confused bird flew on me and clutched my hair.
That gave me a measure of strength. I felt so honoured.

I am determined to rebuild. Somehow, even as the enormity of this task is just daunting. After days and nights of fight and no sleep these images speak for themselves. We have all lost our voice. Exausted and difficult to know where to begin.

My determination to protect the wild and voiceless from the mindless devastation of human greed remains untarnished.
Kuki with Sveva and the weary gallant team Of Ol ari Nyiro Laikipia Nature Conservancy We need help.ANY help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

>>>> PS WE ARE GRATEFUL TO OUR FRIENDS WHO CAME TO RESCUE - FLY OVER THE FIRES COMFORT US AND SENT THEIR TEAMS AND EVEN FOOD AND ITEMS FOR OUR STAFF WHO LOST THE LITTLE THEY HAD.

For flying and ground support:
>>> Flying:
>>> Gilfrid Powys and Suyan team
>>> Marc Jenkins and Jochen Zeit Segera team
>>> Martin Evans Ol Maisor

Ground support:
>>> NIGEL
>>> Claus Mortensen and Mugie Team
>>> Bianca - who drove up and was caught amongst two fires
>>> Mia and Sveva 's Friends who sent up food and gifts for staff

>>> Especially :
>>> The boys of the Pokot Youth Peace Team
>>> The neighbors youth and Elders of Tebelekwa,
>>> The neighbors youth and elders of Mutaro
>>> The neighbours of Ndidika

>>> The KWS.
>>> The Kenya Police
>>> The Ol Moran AP
>>> The Ol Moran scouts

>>> The EXTRAORDINARY team of OL ARI NYIRO with Patrick Ali, Martin Muthaura, Chelule Moses, Tom Merinyo, Joseph Plesian, Lenawasae Thomas, Kamaiteke Enock, Maina Biwott, Paulina Lendorope, Nkala Emanuel, Lentayon Macharia, Evelyn Bernice, Nixon Juma, Dennis Mary, Anomat Selina, Koech Gilbert, the Rangers, cooks, Girls: too many to mention: champions.
>>>
>>> I myself was too devastated, too tired to sit and email earlier.


WORLD WILDLIFE DAY: THE NEED TO CARE

On WORLD WILDLIFE DAY my message and a thought to the voiceless beautiful and frail creatures of Nature who have the same right to exist and to be respected that we have.

With special regards

Kuki Gallmann

From Ol Ari Nyiro

Laikipia Nature Conservancy on the Great Rift Valley

World Wildlife Day, 2014

The complete statement

Statement on the first World Wildlife Day March 3rd 2014

By Kuki Gallmann

March 3rd 2014 has been chosen to celebrate the First World Wildlife Day.

It is significant that when the world is losing species of animals and plants at an unprecedented rate, and elephant and rhino, if the trend continues, face a possible extinction, people who care are coming together throughout the world, to celebrate the beauty and mystery of the millions creatures we share our planet with, and to pledge our responsibility to protect them.

A new awakening to the importance of wildlife and biodiversity and all life forms, is at last dawning on humanity, and the awareness that urgent action must be taken before it is too late.

The planet only has so many acres: we cannot expand nor stretch its carrying capacity. Poaching, pollution and human encroachment have taken their toll on the wild things.

But, since it is man made, this destruction can be corrected by human action. We must act before it is too late.

We have invaded their space, destroyed their natural habitats, interrupted their ancient migratory routes.
We have cut down their forests, polluted their waters, criss crossed their skies with wires, and dug up the soil of their homes probing into the depth of the earth in our insatiable search for oils and minerals.
We have killed them and mutilated them to rob them of their tusks and horns, skin, fur, glands, fins.
We have pursued them even in the protected areas of national parks, set aside especially as their sacred refuge.
Wise and patient, with inherited determination, fewer and fewer the survivors still continue with their journeys through the skies, earth, and oceans.
The terrestrial migrants are wary of humans. They move silently with the favour of darkness, the only sign of their presence their tracks in the dust of bush trails in the early morning sun.
Even in Kenya, when only in the early seventies, when I came from Italy to live here, one had to stop the car on the way from Embakasi airport to Nairobi to allow the giraffe to pass, things have changed for the Wild, and not for the better.
The huge herds that once roamed the plains are a memory of the past. The forest cover has been reduced by illegal logging charcoal burning and farms.

But there is the positive side, too.
Kenya is now leading in the antipoaching campaign.
Led from the top and at the same time sprouting spontaneously at the grass roots and reaching out to all people, a number of successful initiatives have been launched, to create awareness about the ongoing poaching crisis. I applaud the firm stand Kenya has taken to punish wildlife crimes.

“ Poaching and the destruction of the environment have no future in this country” said President Uhuru Kenyatta on his inauguration, in an unprecedented statement of support for the war against wildlife crimes. Soon after, the President signed the New Wildlife bill into law.

The legislation in Kenya hence changed, and the penalties of 20.000.000 shillings or life in jail, are at long last a serious deterrent for the greedy criminals who have decimated our wildlife.
Action must be taken at every level, without delay.
As we are vigilant in the present, we need now to plan the future: we must at last ensure that all children in this country learn about their own natural inheritance as a matter of course, from primary school, as an obligatory part of the curriculum. Childhood impressions last for ever.

Children who are taught from infancy the respect for and the value of all the wild creatures, are enthralled by the intricate magic of life diversity, their importance for the survival of all things, humankind included, and a generation of caring and responsible adults can be hatched.

My message on World Wildlife day is the need to take action.

To give the ones who do not vote a voice. To find again the lost reverence for the great trees, the respect for the large and the small creatures on which the chain of life depends.

Never like today does humankind have the tools to protect what it has never been easier to destroy.

We can do something about it: and if we can, we must.

The very survival of all life forms on the planet depends on our action today.

For “what happens to beast soon happens to man: ALL IS CONNECTED”.

Kuki Gallmann

Kuki Gallmann is a Kenyan conservationist, environmental activist and author, and an Ambassador for the Migratory Species for The Convention for Migratory Species (CMS /UNEP ). She is a Honorary Game Warden for the Kenya Wildlife Services.

In memory of her late husband and son she founded The Gallmann Memorial Foundation (GMF), a trust Dedicated to the Coexistence of People and Nature in Africa. The GMF works in wildlife and antipoaching, environment protection, education, community service, peace and reconciliation through Arts and Sports.

She is the recipient of many international awards for her work in Kenya. She lives, with her daughter Sveva-Makena in Ol ari Nyiro (The Place of Springs), on the extreme West of the Laikipia region, on the edge of the Great Rift valley since over forty years.

She has transformed Ol ari Nyiro into a protected area without any livestock, a jewel of biodiversity in Laikipia, where all life is respected and archaeological sites have been found.

Set on the birds migratory routes, Ol ari Nyiro has the only remaining relic forest in the area, Enghelesha, and the dramatic Mukutan Gorge, considered a treasure throve for rare plants, birds and insects. It is the water shed for the great Rift Valley lakes of Baringo that include Lake Bogoria World Heritage Site.

Due to the strict protection of the environment, exceptional discoveries were made in Ol ari Nyiro two of which occurred in 2013, when within a few months two species new to science were discovered in Ol ari Nyiro by scientists of the Department of Zoology of the National History museum.

It shows that if let alone and cared, for, nature heals herself

.

 

A new species of butterfly, endemic to the Forest of Enghelesha: - Aslauga gallmannae*-

Aslauga gallmannae

 

A new species of frog : Tomopterna gallmanni **

Tomopterna gallmanni

* ‘Metamorphosis’, Vol.24:3-6. Lippert and Collins

** ZOOTAXA ISSN 1175-5326 (print edition) ISSN 1175-5334 (online edition) -SP Anura: Pyxicephalidae: A species of NEW sand frog formerly unknown to science


In the End, There is Hope: Year Update

Dear Friends,

Around the time of Christmas, one is overwhelmed with wonderful updates of the great work of colleagues and organizations, and for our past year's update we felt we needed a bit of perspective to balance the good,- the bad -of twelve complex months packed with action, that flew faster than most.

On the last day of January I can do this now.

In the great balance of things 2013 was a good overall, if a challenging year, for us up in Ol ari Nyiro.

The worst thing to happen in Kenya was the tragedy of Westgate- striking as it did in the midst of World Peace Day celebrations,- and for us during our annual Sports for Peace event, the Laikipia Highlands games.

Up here bad was the fires of February, the floods of August, the wounding in action of one of our men, and the four elephant poaching casualties: the image of the female and her unborn calf hunted my dreams and of thousands through the world as a symbol of the horror, waste, and random cruelty of the heartless elephant holocaust.

But much good balanced all this:The improved security and extensive intelligence, KWS help and a new vehicle helped in monitoring intrusions, with only 4 casualties throughout the year compared with forty four in 2012; the solidarity of our friends, who supported the laborious and costly task of creating hundreds of Km of fire firebreaks, and of our neighbours who all came to help putting out the fires. Now we have embarked on the harrowing task of opening fire breaks again, our brave old D6 cutting sections through the Lelechwa bush since OCTOBER, have completed over 200 km and need help to move on.
But, on the Community side, the triumph has been the massive, positive success of our community relations, and the completion- at last- of the buildings of our Land of Hope Community Project, in which so much time, love, energy and funds have been invested.

And, on the Environment, due to the single minded determination to protect the extraordinarily varied habitat of Ol ari Nyiro- shared by creatures small and large-, the DISCOVERY - and NAMING after us!- OF TWO SPECIES NEW TO SCIENCE- a butterfly and a frog-, WITHIN A FEW MONTHS in 2013 .

Photos speak for themselves, and you have no time to read a long story.
Here below then some images, happy and sad, tragic and positive- but all inspiring- of 2013 : to share with you all, visually, our projects, the adventures, the magic, the kindness of old and new friends, and the challenges that you have helped us to overcome.

For you to decide if we made a difference,- with our committment and your support and friendship- for the people and nature of this amazing part of the world. 2014 is going to be a GOOD YEAR! We must make sure of this. With gratitude, love respect and blessings to you all,

Kuki a with Sveva
and the Team
of The Gallmann Memorial Foundationin Ol ari Nyiro,
on the Great Rift valley of Kenya
on 31st January 2014

Here we go:

FIRE and FIREBREAKS

COMMUNITY

LAND OF HOPE 2013

It was after a visit to this school, that I decided to embark in the land of Hope mission:

Imana and some of the Land of Hope kids

 

 

The new fence at Land of Hope THE MAISHA MAREFU DOCTORS TEAMCRISTINA, PAOLO, AGNESE, ERMINIO, GIULIA E CHICCO

 

CRISTINA
CRISTINA

Bianca (here with one of her Gifts to land of Hope

We thank from the heart OUR VOLUNTEERS:

CRISTINA, AGNESE

DR. BAS VAN DER BORNE AND HIS TEAM

 

THE DUTCH BIG FIVE: DR. SYTSE AND ERNA SIJBRANDIJ AND THEIR THREE BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS

Christopher


Sveva

Alessandra

ALBERTO(e MANUELA, PHOTOGRAPHER), GABRIELLA SCAFA
CRISTINA AND MOSES

GIULIA ERMINIO JACINTA AGNESE MOSES AND CHICCO

ILARIA

JULIA

 

The new Clinic at Ndidika

 

COMMUNITY, FRIENDSHIP AND FUN


ALI

MY FRIENDS THE CHILDREN


 

MAKENA (SVEVA) AND HER TEAM

THE LAIKIPIA HIGHLAND GAMES

SPORTS FOR PEACE 2013

ENVIRONMENT AND BIODIVERSITY :

WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS....

FIRE AND FIREBREAKS

 

POACHING AND ANTIPOACHING

THANKS TO IMPROVED SECURITY and the support of the KWS:

2012: 44 ELEPHANTS POACHED.
2013: 4 ELEPHANTS POACHED (ONE, TUSKS RETRIEVED)


the elephant Female and her unborn calf. A family pay respect to their remains, and community youth come to visit, too.

Our patrol Commander Zachary Nderitu ( right, early in the year, during a drilling exercise with KWS) was shot in an ambush when pursuing poachers in the line of duty.

ENGHELESHA: THE ONLY RELIC FOREST LEFT

IN THIS PART OF THE REGIONS

Students look at the Enghelesha Forest.

TWO SPECIES NEW TO SCIENCE WITHIN MONTHS FROM ONE ANOTHER FOUND ON OL ARI NYIRO

1. THE NEW BUTTERFLY: Aslauga gallmannae, Lippert and Collins (discovered by Mike Roberts) a butterfly only existing in our protected Enghelesha forest

2. The new frog:

Tomopterna gallmanni SP Anura: Pyxicephalidae: A species of NEW sand frog formerly unknown to science, that Victor Wasonga and Mike Roberts had found in one of our sixty man- made dams in the central area of Ol ari Nyiro.


PHOTO CREDITS: AMEDEO BUONAJUTI, MANUELA MONTELLA

WITH SPECIAL THANKS

FOR LAND OF HOPE:

DR. CRISTINA CAPPELLETTI AND THE MAISHA MAREFU ITALIAN TEAM
BIANCA NOTARBARTOLO DI SCIARA AND HER FAMILY
IAN HICKS AND SUSIE GRANT
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