Alternative livelihoods for Ex Poachers, Kenya

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
Sep 20, 2012

Tsavo West Sustainable Development

The most recent donations from the GVI CT, provided the bulk of the funds to connect and install 3-phase power to the Mahandakini Centre for Animal Welfare and Rights. 

The wiring and digging of trenches to facilitate the power connection was completed on September 12th 2012.  The group members have presented all of the necessary documents and certificates to Kenyan Power and the installation charges have been paid in full as required by Kenya Power. The group is now in negotiation with Kenya power as to when they will be able to install the mains power and meter. It is anticipated that this will be completed by the end of October.

The donations has enabled the Mahandakini Centre for Animal Welfare and Rights to connect 3-phase power to their centre. This is the first and only 3-phase power connection in this remote village and will reduce the cost of running value addition machinery for this farming community. Previously the community was relying on diesel fuel to operate generators and heavy machinery. Not only is diesel an expensive fuel, its exhaust fumes emit nitric oxide, an air pollutant which is detrimental to human as well as environmental health.  

The connection provides opportunities for modern technology based business to open up within the centre, improving services available to the entire community and revitalising the local economy. The group will create  opportunities for their members as well as the wider community to run small business from the site. The rent produced from these small business will pay for on-going electrical costs and to go towards the groups future projects.

The group is working towards opening an education centre to train craft skills to youth in the community who did not make it to higher levels of education. These include: welding, carpentry and joinery, mechanics, Information Technology just to mention a few. These skills will empower the community to start village small enterprises in future thus adapting our government policy to eradicate poverty and job creation. The education centre will also aim to improve human-wildlife relationships and curb poaching by showing educational videos to the community and helping to provide solutions to situations of conflict. All of these future goals require this electrical connection

As outlined, this connection of 3-phase power to the Mahandakini Centre for Animal Welfare and Rights will impact not only the group members but the entire community of Mahandakini by creating opportunities, access affordable technology and by building the skills of local youths. It should have a positive impact on the environment and public health by reducing nitric oxide emissions and providing a space where conservation values can be shared with the community.

All of the members of the Mahandakini Network for Animal Welfare and Rights wish to thank GVI CT for facilitating this donation. This connection is a leap forward for the village of Mahandakini.


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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sophie Birkett
GVI Charitable Trust Manager
St Albans, Herts United Kingdom

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