Education  Kenya Project #17443

Support Schools for 1800 children in Coastal Kenya

by Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)
Support Schools for 1800 children in Coastal Kenya
Support Schools for 1800 children in Coastal Kenya
Support Schools for 1800 children in Coastal Kenya
Support Schools for 1800 children in Coastal Kenya
Support Schools for 1800 children in Coastal Kenya
Support Schools for 1800 children in Coastal Kenya
Support Schools for 1800 children in Coastal Kenya
Support Schools for 1800 children in Coastal Kenya

Dear Supporter, 

It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the closing of GVI projects in Shimoni, Kenya at the end of 2014.  After 9 very fulfilling years of sustainable volunteer programs ranging from conservation, education, health, construction and sustainable community development it was a very hard decision for GVI to make. 

The decision to close was made after a prolonged period of low volunteer numbers and therefore extremely low levels of funding available. With almost no volunteer interest for 2015 we are forced to end operations after over 6 months of almost no new bookings. 

Through 9 years at the Shimoni hub, we have focused upon capacity building for our local partners and communities and the skills, training and services that GVI volunteers and staff have provided have prepared them to be independently carry most of the projects forward.

GVI will continue to keep contacts with local partners and provide support as possible to assist them with the transition period, through advice, monitoring and fundraising through the GVI Charitable Trust. We have established a  longterm management plan for Mombasa partners which being a younger project, is further away from sustainability, and for Shimoni we will be rounded up results and recommendations via publications and reports. 

We would like to thank all of the Kenyan community members, partners, national scholars, GVI volunteers and staff that have made this impact possible over the years.

All the best

GVI Charitable Trust


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Dear Supporter,

Biodiversity is declining rapidly throughout the world. The current loss has been described by the United Nations as the sixth mass extinction event on earth. Species are being lost at a rate 1,000 times faster than ever before. Yet here on the South Coast of Kenya in the rural fishing village of Shimoni you will find the area still bursting with biodiversity. From the coastal forests home to the Angola black-and-white Colobus monkey, to the forest of mangroves that protects the coastline, to some of the most beautiful coral reefs in East Africa.

Already over 70% of East African coastal forests have been lost and Coral reefs are under much environmental pressure. Shimoni’s natural resources are being used up fast with charcoal in huge demand and illegal ring net fishing happening more often. With habitat as well as resource loss and climate change fast becoming the biggest threat to livelihoods, it is vital for the children living on the Kenyan coast to understand the importance of their forest and ocean and wildlife that surrounds them and makes up their home. Yet, raising awareness through environmental education is not in the curriculum in most schools in the area. Most schools do not have access to relevant environmental education resources or lack the specific teaching experience to address environmental issues in class.

Luckily for the children in Shimoni, our local partners; both the schools and Kenya Wildlife Service do realise the urgency and importance of this kind of education as the foundation of local conservation. GVI volunteers, in collaboration with specialised Kenya Wildlife Service staff and rangers teach in six different schools totalling almost 200 children a week with ages ranging from six to sixteen. Volunteers succeed in raising awareness about environmental issues keeping, main focus towards getting Shimoni’s the kids excited about nature. As part of the classes volunteers have been taking the school children into the forests, giving them an opportunity to be a research assistant for a day. Kin the coming months Kenyan Wildlife services supported by GVI are organising an excursion to take a school group to Kisite Marine Park to teach about marine mammal research.

These school children are Kenya’s future scientists, foresters, environmental lobbyists, botanists, primatologists and zoologists. As the great filmmaker and nature educator David Attenborough once said:

An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment.

These classes are working towards not just protecting the environment for these children but also for their grandchildren.

We are still waiting for funds to further this work but want to thank you for taking the time to read our report so far.

All the best

GVI Kenya 


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Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Sophie Birkett
GVI Charitable Trust Manager
London, London United Kingdom

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