Education  Kenya Project #45379

Engaging Kenyan Youths in Conservation

by Conservation Education Society
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Engaging Kenyan Youths in Conservation
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Engaging Kenyan Youths in Conservation

Hello Friends!

The last 3 months have been an eventful period for us at the Conservation Education Society, please read on to learn what we have been upto;

In partnership with the Marine Education Centre, we held the second ever Diani Sea Turtle Festival in June, which we are happy to report was a huge success. Through the very kind sponsorship received from several organisations, we were able to provide transport, lunch and a free water bottle to 200 students from our community. We have attached the report for the event for your perusal, but we were thrilled to be able to reach so many students and increase awareness of sea turtle conservation amongst our community.

We have also been working with the Kwale Recycling Centre on an outreach programme that focuses on waste management, marine conservation and forestry. We are working with students and community groups, providing a weekly workshop. The first module focused on waste management and has now been completed. We are now kickstarting module 2, which focuses on marine conservation.

For further information on our activities over the last 3 motnhs, please go to: https://ceskenya.org/newsletters-2021/ and read our newsletters.

The Conservation Education Society will continue developing new and innovative ways to engage students in conservation, especially with our recent partnerhip with Kenya Wildlife Services. This will inable us to reach out to even more communities in Kenya.

We have some exciting plans ahead and none of it would be possible without your support, thank you.

Stay tuned!

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Become a Friend of the Sea Turtle Festival
Become a Friend of the Sea Turtle Festival

Dear Friends, 

Around this time last year, we became permanent partners with GlobalGiving, this was due to our successful fundraising campaign in March 2020, the success of this campaign is solely down to YOUR amazing generosity! 

In 2020, we raised a total of Kes 655,590 (approximately $6,555) through GlobalGiving campaigns, this accounted for nearly 40% of all donations we received in 2020. This is HUGE and we cannot thank you enough for this, last year was particularly tough and without your support, we may not be here today!

We have had a busy few months since our last report, please check out our last few newsletters by clicking HERE! 

We have launched our Marine Club, an online network for marine lovers, each month we share a topic with members, along with activities. We have a special deal this weekend in celebration of Easter and are giving a 10% discount on the annual membership. This is a great way to support our work as well as learn new and amazing facts about the oceans! To join, click HERE!

We have been working with our partners on some new and exciting education programmes in schools, as well as participating in a new 'penpal' programme, called Conservation Pals. Conservation Pals is all about connecting local students with students overseas to learn about other wildlife and cultures. With recent restrictions in Kenya due to COVID-19, this has meant schools have closed again, which means some of our work will need to be temporarily suspended until a safer time. 

We are currently working on our 2021 annual report and will be able to share this with you in our next update. We are also preparing for Diani's second sea turtle festival, which will be held on June 13th. This is a great awareness event, bringing our community together to learn about sea turtles and their habitat! You can sponsor the event and become a friend of the festival, to learn more, go to www.ceskenya.org/product/become-a-friend-of-the-sea-turtle-festival/.

We are still needing your support and so we ask if you can, please continue to donate to our GlobalGiving campaigns. All funds are used to ensure local staff and their vital work continues as well as helps fund our conservation education programmes, any amount is greatly appreciated!

Thank you and we wish you a wonderful Easter!

Kelly Martin

CEO

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Dear friends,

As 2020 draws to a close, the team at the Conservation Education Society takes a moment to reflect on this year’s activities. One thing we can all agree upon, 2020 certainly was not what anyone had expected. However, there are many things we are still thankful for, and in the spirit of giving, we wanted to take a moment to share them with you!

  • Our most important achievement this year has been our partnership with GlobalGiving. In March we were invited to participate in the GlobalGiving accelerator campaign. We were incredibly thankful to have successfully reached our goal and to receive a permanent partnership with GlobalGiving!
  • GlobalGiving has not only assisted us in raising nearly $8,000 this year but has also put us in touch with YOU! Our partnerships and networks are what allows us to continue our work in marine conservation and sustainability. Therefore, we are thankful to be able to share our work with our growing network.
  • We are thankful for our amazing team who have worked incredibly hard this year to keep our audience engaged, this has been through our online quizzes, our monthly newsletters, blogs, photo competitions, and much more! Take a moment to check them out!
  • After 6 months of closure, we were able to reopen the Marine Education Centre to the public. Adhering to health and safety regulations, we are careful not to increase the spread of COVID-19; wearing masks, sanitizing our workspace and practicing social distancing. We are thankful to be open to the public for small tours.
  • We are thankful for being able to participate in the 2020 International Coastal Clean-up, which was conducted between September to November.

What are you thankful for this year? Let us know by posting on our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram: @conservationeducationsociety, Twitter: @CESKenya)!

We want to thank everyone who has supported us in 2020, we wish you a safe and enjoyable time during the festive season. We are especially looking forward to working with nearby schools and groups and kick-starting our education programmes in 2021.

Yours sincerely

Marine Team

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Since our last communication, our team of biologists, conservationists, and educators have been busy working hard to engage with our amazing network of supporters all around the world. 

COVID-19 continues to change the way we work, and like many organisations, raising much-needed funds is our biggest challenge. The funds raised in March through GlobalGiving made it possible for us to continue supporting our team during these difficult times and we have you to thank for this! With your incredibly kind support in March 2020, we have been able to continue supporting our local staff and push forward with our work.

Funds raised in March were originally going to be used to fund our education programmes, but due to the pandemic, our programmes have had to be temporarily suspended to adhere to safety regulations. Therefore funds raised have been used to support our team as they develop our programmes, so we can hit the ground running once we can resume programme operations. We have also been using this time to engage with our online network of supporters, through competitions, online quizzes and our online store. To add, we are working with teachers in Kwale County to develop packages to be distributed to students during COVID-19, to help support students and teachers, and to ensure that no child is left behind!

We are also excited to share with you our new website, jam-packed with quizzes, regular blogs from our marine team, all our newsletters and reports, information on our programmes, and online sponsorship packages.

In July we published our strategic plan for the next 5 years, outlining our mission, vision, values, and goals. This will be vital in driving our programmes forward and growing our organisation!

Please take a moment to check some of the cool things we have recently developed for you by clicking on the links below;  

We really cannot thank you enough for your continued support, it means so much to us that we have you!

Thank you

Marine Team

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One month ago our team was working incredibly hard to raise much-needed funds through the GlobalGiving Accelerator Campaign. Despite the rapidly changing world around us, we were able to raise the required $5,000 and this is all because of you! We now have a permanent partnership with GlobalGiving and we really cannot thank you enough!

So, what have we been up to in the month of April? 

Like many people around the world, we have had to make drastic changes to our everyday lives, now with our passionate and dedicated team working from their homes. Throughout April we have been releasing online quizzes about sustainability and marine conservation. We have had a fantastic response and will be announcing an overall winner at the end of this month. If you would like to play, please follow us on social media, where you can find all our quizzes, or contact us directly and we would be happy to email them to you! Links for our social media pages are below;

Facebook: @ConservationEducationSociety@MarineEducationCentre

Twitter: @CESKenya

Instagram: @ConservationEducationSociety

We have also taken the opportunity to familiarise ourselves with all the amazing resources and opportunities GlobalGiving has to offer and this help couldn't have come at a better time! Like many organisations in our position, much of the future funding that we were expecting from our programmes this year has understandably had to stop or be suspended. With GlobalGiving's numerous opportunities, we are using this time to participate in their professional training and webinars as well as develop more campaigns for all the amazing projects we currently have in the pipeline. We will also be actively seeking additional funding and we will finally have time to complete many outstanding projects such as our website and development of new educational resources for our community, so when we are able, we can hit the ground running. 

All of this would not have been possible without your incredibly kind and generous donations, this really will mean the difference between success and failure over the next few months. All funds raised in March's campaign will be kept ready for when we can start engaging again with the amazing schools and students in our community. 

Thank you friends, for caring, stay safe and healthy!

And if you missed our March Newsletter, please find it attached!

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Conservation Education Society

Location: Diani, Kwale - Kenya
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Kelly Martin
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