The goal is to raise £130,000 to buy the Enonkishu community a herd of 8 pedigree bulls and 400 cows and then help them breed the best herd possible. The profits will be owned by the community and used to support their livelihoods and the conservancy.
The management of land is a complicated situation in the Mara and across Africa and the Enonkishu Conservancy is a leading light in Kenya delivering a sustainable solution to the challenges the communities face.
The Conservancy is delivering better cows, more income for Maasai, less poverty, more water, less desertification, more grass, less drought stress, more wildlife, less poaching, more tourists, less land sold. More Maasai are willingly choosing a pastoralists life which means a more Peachy life in the Mara.
We are working with our partner Springboard, a UK registered charity, who will manage the administration of UK donations and tax rebates. They will be able to deliver, with rebates, cash to Enonkishu and 20% to Springboard UK poverty programmes.
Here’s the link to an overview of this project. Please follow this video up with the video explaining why the Enonkishu community needs help… Peach Herd 2017 Introduction Video 6 mins YouTube
Why the Last Line of Defence?
In 2010, Tarquin and Lippa Wood started created the Enonkishu Conservancy. This amateur video explains why the work is so key to the future of the Maasai and the Mara.
The community members will be the beneficiary of the first Herd for Change. The Conservancy management and team will manage the herd for the benefit of all. The Conservancy is professionally managed and monitored by world aid agencies. It is currently a pilot project for Sustainable Rangeland Management for WWF and UNESCO-IHE
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Where does the beef go?
In this video Tarquin Wood explains how we are aiming to create a way of grazing properly, growing the cows slowly and empowering the local communities to create value and livelihood from their herds.
Peach Pubs and the Peach Foundation
Peach and the founders of Peach, Lee Cash, Hamish Stoddart and Jo Eames have always believed Peach Pubs should find ways of giving back and Making Life Peachy for others. In pubs, we are always supporting local charities and organisations. We concentrate on healthy eating in schools, sport for kids and adults, wellbeing for adults and the Peach Foundation’s Kenyan projects. We only serve bottled water from Belu – a not-for-profit water company who have changed 1000′s of lives by supporting WaterAid.
The first Peach Mara project was to plant 5000 trees to improve our Peach carbon footprint. We persuaded Tarquin and Lippa Wood to give us the space and we planted the Peach forest. Half of that was eucalyptus which we have now harvested and the profit is being recycled into the Peach Herd. The other half are still standing acacias and other indigenous trees in the heart of Enonkishu.
The second Peach Mara project was to build the Peach Hippo Sanctuary in the Mara river that would encourage hippos back up the river. Peach provided the funds for 5 miles of fencing and a team of 12 went to plant 500 trees. The river which at that time had 0 hippos in 5km now has 50. It worked.
2014 Peach Kenya trip was a huge success for the community and the Peach team and that’s why we want to do it all over again – this time for Herds for Change.
Where will the volunteers stay?
Mainly at the Mara Training Centre.
How do we travel when in Kenya?
We will hire 1 Land Rover safari vehicle per 5 volunteers. It will be serviced and able to make the trip. We will drive ourselves to the Mara. Part of the experience is driving the 6 hours from Nairobi city to Mara North. For our safaris and community visits, we will hire a guide per vehicle who can drive and lead us to the best game.
Safety and Health in the Mara
The Naretoi and Mara Beef farm is fenced, though sometimes, we do let animals in. Naretoi aims to keep out elephant, buffalo and lion. Hippos live in the river and graze near the accommodation, they aren’t dangerous as long as you respect the hippo rules. Crocodiles are in the river, so no swimming! Wildebeest, zebra, warthogs, dik-dik, hyena are very likely to be roaming around you. Occasionally we have leopard on the farm. Wildlife is very unlikely to be a danger.
Roads are reasonably safe. Hamish hasn’t had an accident in 20 years of visiting regularly! Terrorism does sadly exist in Kenya, like in France and Germany. The last major attack in Nairobi was in 2013. Relatively minor incidents do happen near Somali on the coast and occasionally in Mombasa. We will not go anywhere near there. The Mara has never seen any terrorism. The trip can be arranged so time in Nairobi is totally minimised.
Malaria is not a problem in Nairobi or in the Mara as the altitude is above the malaria zone. However, please heed your own advice. Snakes are not a significant danger. Hamish says the most likely accident is to damage yourself under the influence of multiple Tuskers, the local lager. Or to walk at 2am into the path of a buffalo…don’t wander at night!
What we will achieve?
- Healthy herds
- Improved livelihoods and bio-diversity
- Better grass coverage and carbon sequestration
- Protected wildlife and eco-tourism
- Preserved heritage
- Pride and Dignity for the Maasai.
Here’s the link to register your interest in collecting donations or coming on the Trip.
Register your interest to go to Kenya – Click here
Tarquin and Lippa Wood
5 years ago, it became apparent that Tarquin and Lippa’s farm in the Mara and all the land around it could no longer sustain intensive farming. So the couple followed their hearts and their dream of encouraging more people to support the fragile eco-system in the Mara with the following causes and enterprises:
A conservancy community organisation, (not for profit), that works with the community and organizes the security, the herds and monitors the wildlife.
House in the Wild
An African safari lodge.
Offering the opportunity to build your own house in the wild.
Buying cattle from the Maasai, slaughtering butchery and supply to lodges and Nairobi market. Mara Beef received donations from Mama See (Dutch government aid) and AECF (DIIFD and Gates Foundation) to deliver change via Mara Training Centre and community support.
Springboard – our UK charity partner
The Springboard Charity helps young people achieve their potential and nurtures unemployed people of any age into work. It helps alleviate poverty by supporting disadvantaged and underprivileged people into sustainable employment within hospitality, leisure and tourism.
Springboard’s work encourages, motivates, builds confidence, develops the skills required and mentors our beneficiaries to succeed in a career within hospitality, leisure and tourism.