Much has been said & written about eco – tourism and what tour operators do for the environment and wildlife. It appears that many organizations, however remotely involved, use the eco tourism concept as a marketing tool. As a result, the term has become just another buzzword and lost its true and potentially noble meaning.
Fact Safaris takes its contribution to sustainable tourism very seriously. We have listed concepts / projects which we are involved and let you know where some of your money will be utilized
Pastoralist Environmental and Livelihood Survival Initiatives, is a community based organization formed to promote environmental conservation and livelihood survival options amongst pastoralist communities in Northern Kenya. PELSI is registered as a community based non profit organization under the Ministry of social services of Kenya, Laikipia County.
Fact Safaris Ltd has partnered with PELSI in ensuring that it meets her Mission, Vision and Objectives through the provision of grants from potential donors, skills and any technical support. Visit PELSI on www.pelsikenya.org
Tenebo Self Help Group
Tenebo is a youth organ whose main object is to promote sustainable development through environmental friendly income generating activities, i.e. Bee keeping, Tree planting, Micro finance e.t.c. Fact safaris is keen in supporting such groups that engage in environmental friendly activities. We act as a link between passionate supporters and Tenebo self help group in ensuring that the principles of sustainable developments are achieved. Be part of this initiative!
Twala Cultural Women Group
An umbrella initiative between 5 registered women groups. Twala women is aimed at empowering women economically through various projects within their enterprise i.e. Bee keeping, Aloe vera production, Bead work, Resource center, ecotourism products i.e. Walking with Baboons; Walking with Maasai and their livestock and Plant & nature Walks and other ecologically sound enterprise development projects (e.g. Opuntia fruit syrup). Fact safaris works with Twala women in planning cultural safaris that promote the role of women in development initiatives and an opportunity to understand the role of the Maasai culture towards environmental conservation in a traditional context. If you would like to see first-hand how these initiatives shape the conservation ideas of future generations for Kenyans, we could visit Twala Women as part of your safari
Maasai Education Scholarship Program (M.E.S.P)
The 2 percent grants generated from Fact Safaris as a result of guests using our safari services, funds from donors and other well wishers will be channeled to the Maasai Education Scholarship Program (M.E.S.P).The aim of this program is to enable poor families invest in their bright children's education as a way of improving their livelihoods.
Fact Tree Planting Program
Fact Safaris works with schools environmental clubs, women and youth groups through the provision of indigenous tree seedlings for planting. Periodically, incentives will be awarded to such groups or clubs that demonstrates exemplary performance in taking care of the environment (trees) to motivate them in promoting the mission of this program in restoring degraded land.
We are privileged to be based and work in some of the planets most pristine, delicate and valuable countryside. It is our moral duty to ensure that our activities protect the land and its environment for the long term sustainability. We also need to ensure that skills and material benefits accrue to the communities who live adjacent to these reserves / parks to ensure that these people have the incentive to nurture the land.
At Fact safaris, we are driven to ensure that whatever we do never compromises the integrity of the reserves / parks and that all our actions / decisions add value, to enhance & protect these wonderful resources.
One of our core beliefs is that the villagers and communities who live in or border wildlife areas have key conservation roles and undeniable rights. In the next 20 years, these communities will control the density of wild places and wildlife. This already is evident in some of our reserves. It is therefore critical that these people are brought into the mainstream of conservation and tourism to ensure that the future of their communities and the regions fauna & flora is sustainable.
Our challenge is to ensure that our interaction with the local people helps instill an ethic of land stewardship and conservation practices for present and future generations.