We firstly hope you have had a great start to 2023! We are happy to report that our 2023 so far has been productive and we have much planned in the coming months. In the last quarter we achieved the following;
We have already started working on our 4th Sea Turtle Festival, which will bring over 300 students together to join in on the day, along with community groups, tourists and citizens. We have a jammed-packed June, July and August, running education programmes for international students from Camps International.
We are also excited to announce that the Conservation Education Society will be setting up a new education centre, which will enable us to reach even more students and teachers, we plan to bring local students to the new centre to learn about marine conservation and other important conservation topics. This space will be a great opportunity to engage our community in conservation!
Our all-female workforce continues to be involved in research, education and empowering other women of all ages to engage in conservation science. We will have a few exciting projects coming up in 2023, which will require us to fundraise for. We will be promoting these on GlobalGiving in the coming months. Due to this, we have decided to shut down this campaign but will share the new campaigns with you in the next 3 months, we thank you for supporting this activity and we do hope you continue supporting our other projects in the future!
Please also check out our newsletters by visiting our website (link below), to keep updated with our activities.
Thank you for your time and support, without you it would not be possible!
Hello Conservation Enthusiasts!
We are happy to report we have had a busy few months engaging students and communities in conservation activities. Our team have also retunred to the waters, in partership with CORDIO, assisting them in collecting vital underwater data on marine habitats. They will also be engaging in more scuba diving in partnerhsip with a local diving company, Scuba Duka, where they will be able to continue documenting the multitude of marine species along the Kenyan coast. We are incredibly proud of our female scientists, who will then be able to use this inrfomation to inform and educate students and communties.
Here's a breakdown of what we have been up to in the last quarter;
We will let you know what species we encounter in the next quarter, to support our research and education, please donate today!
Please do get in touch if you have any questions.
Thank you from all of us at Conservation Education Society!
Our team have had a very busy 3 months, from organising our THIRD Diani Sea Turtle Festival, hosting several international students to partnering with a nearby all women’s mangrove conservation group!
In May, we continued with our weekly sessions at a nearby all-girls college. As the students had been on break, they returned in May and we kick started the term with a new module on Marine Life. Students learnt about the multiple benefits we receive from the ocean as well as the various habitats within. We looked at challenges these habitats faced and how these can be overcome! In May, we also partnered with Infinity Outdoors by hosting one of their school visits to the coast, organising an educative glass bottom boat ride, trips to a local sacred forest and primate rescue centre.
In June, we organized our third sea turtle festival, and we are happy to report it was a huge success, receiving over 300 students from the coast. We also hosted over 11 conservation organisations, including our newest partners, the Munje Tunusuru Women's Conservation Group! At the end of March, we signed an MoU, stating that we would be supporting them over the next 2 years. Through this partnership we have been raising funding for the group, who conserve, restore and protect a large patch of mangrove forest! We were able to provide them with the first installment at the festival! We also funded for them to show case their items and project on the day. We hope to raise even more funding for these incredible women as well as seek additional business training for them. You can support them by donating to our GlobalGiving Campaign, please visit; https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/women-saving-mangroves-in-kenya/ for more information.
Over the last period we also received international groups through Camps International and will be receiving a further 250 students throughout July and August through their summer programme!
We thank you for your continued support, without it, we would not be able to continue our work with local schools and communities!
We wish you a great week ahead,
From all of us at the Conservation Education Society
We hope you all have had a wonderful start to 2022. In late 2021, the decision was made to leave the local Marine Education Centre here in Diani, this has been our offices for the last 3 years, and although sad to leave we are also excited for the future. To reflect these changes, in early 2022 we revised our strategic plan and also updated our organisational profile for our supporters. You can view both the strategic plan and the organisational profile by clicking HERE, along with our other reports.
We have restarted our weekly workshops at a nearby all-girls college, prior to COVID-19, we ran a weekly Marine Club. In 2022, we were invited back and now run a 2-hour session with all the students, with our curriculum now a mandatory lesson. Our first module has been on waste management and the students have set up a recycling station at the school, please check out the photos attached.
We also had the honour of meeting a fantastic all women’s mangrove conservation group and will be advocating their work throughout 2022, raising valuable funding for mangrove planting as well as financial support for them to continue this vital work. We have launched a new campaign on GlobalGiving for this and you can view this HERE.
We are thrilled to report that we are among the shortlisted contestants of the DIAR Awards 4th Edition in the awards category: Diversity and Inclusion Environmental Conservation and Sustainability Champion Award. We received a whopping 368 votes out of 961! Super happy to have surpassed the average number of votes! Thank you to everyone who took their time to vote and share our posts! The final decision now lies with the venerable jury. We will keep you updated!
We launched our online shop to support our programmes, if you live outside of Kenya, please check out our store HERE!
In the next quarter, we will be preparing for our third Sea Turtle Festival which will be held in June 2022, we hope to bring in over 200 students for the event. Previous festivals have been a great success and we are always blown away by the support we receive, please follow the Diani Sea Turtle Festival Facebook page, by clicking HERE to keep updated with our progress! We will also be launching another project on GlobalGiving, so keep tuned!
Lastly and most importantly, we thank each and every one of you for your support, without it we would not be here today working with the fantastic students and communities in Kenya, as we like to say 'Think Global, Act Local'.
We wish you a fantastic March!
The Conservation Education Team
After almost 18 months of uncertainty, we are thrilled to report that we are slowly seeing schools returning to the Marine Education Centre for our education programmes! We are also happy to report that our main sponsors, The Sands at Nomads Hotel in Diani, have been able to reinstall their monthly donation in full. This means we will be closing our Supporting Women in Science project on GlobalGiving at the end of November, as we are now able to support our female team of scientists, reinstalling them to full time. We are incredibly appreciative of you and all our sponsors and will now be able to focus on other programmes!
This is what we got up to in the last period;
In total we have received over 150 students at the Marine Education Centre between August and mid-November. Throughout the last period, we continued with our weekly workshops with 4 educators from the Wazili Programme. This is an outreach education programme with several schools and community groups. This is ran in partnership with The Kwale Recycling Centre and funded by Seas4Life, Ekwal and Ocean Recovery Alliance. This programme reaches over 200 participants each week!
For further information on our activities over the last 3 months, please go to: https://ceskenya.org/newsletters-2021/ and check out our bimonthly newsletters. You can also check out our short report on our Wazili programme, jam-packed with pictures of the last module, which focused on Marine Life, to do so, please click here.
Lastly, we would like to say a special thank you to you, for being part of our network of supporters. We are so pleased to finally be able to engage with students again on conservation!
Please continue supporting us by checking out our other projects, such as our Engaging Kenyan Youths in Conservation project
We wish you a relaxing and enjoyable festive period!
Until next time!
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