Urgent: Help Maasai Save Elephants

Urgent Need. $7,500 to help preserve one of the greatest populations of elephants left in East Africa.

We received an urgent request to help 67 Maasai Game Scouts, who serve like rangers, prevent the poaching of elephants and other wildlife within the Water is Life Kenya  area of operation on the Kenya  / Tanzania border just north of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The valuable protection Game Scouts in our area provide for elephants, lions, giraffes, leopards, gazelles, and so many others, is at risk. The Scouts recently lost their funding. Their partner pulled out suddenly, taking everything, including pots, pans, radios, mattresses even the life-giving water tanks critical to survival in the long dry months between the rainy seasons.  

Scout Leaders begged our help, as a trusted community partner, to find food, supplies, and 10,000-liter water tanks until a long-term solution can be found. 

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The Scouts work out of remote ranger posts in the deep bush. The Scouts are stranded without food and water and the minimal supplies needed to do their work. Without help, they will be forced to leave the wildlife, our treasure, in the hands of poachers and criminals.  

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Maasai Game Scouts are critical in stopping poaching and catching criminals. The Scouts patrol the area on foot looking for intruders and animal carcasses and reporting suspicious behavior to Kenya Wildlife Service, the government authority in charge of protecting wildlife.

Supplies are running out. The 67 Game Scouts work out of 6 remote ranger posts in the deep bush. The Scouts are stranded without food and water and the minimal supplies needed to do their work. With no water and no food supply, how will they be able to patrol and protect, trekking through the wilderness every day? Without help, they will be forced to leave their camps, return home and leave the wildlife, our treasure, in the hands of poachers and criminals. 

Now is a critical time. The Great Migration is underway. Millions of zebras and wildebeest are on the move to find water as the dry season begins.



The solution:

$3,000 – One month of interim food and supplies for 67 Game Scouts ($ 1.50 per Scout per day)
$4,500 - Four  10,000-liter water tanks, concrete platforms, transportation an installation at remote ranger sites.    

About our Organization:

Water is Life Kenya  is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to bring clean, accessible drinking water to communities in the semi-arid regions north of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak, and the area north of the vast plains of the Serengeti, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We  are proud that our clean water projects provide clean water to over 50,000 people every day. Water is not our only focus. Our  innovative and successful Livestock as a Business program train willing, committed and interested people in the skills needed to improve the one resource the Maasai family depends on – livestock.

31673958_153305090865005_r.jpegThe tanks we will be installing look similar to these ones that we installed at one of our projects located in Enkongu Narok.

31673958_1533061141892778_r.jpegMaasai Game Scouts are critical to stopping the poaching of elephant tusks and slaughter of wild animals in East Africa.

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  • Karyl Grayson 
    • $30 
    • 12 mos
  • vera kradjel 
    • $50 
    • 12 mos
  • Yvette and Rick Drazich 
    • $50 
    • 12 mos
  • Rachael Paulson 
    • $1,300 
    • 12 mos
  • Shayla Kelly 
    • $10 
    • 13 mos

Organizer 

James Catalano 
Organizer
Newark, DE
Water is Life - Kenya 
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