One of the great joys we experience at Kentan Safaris is that you, our valued guests, often get inspired to help the people and places you visit after your safari /adventure. Many of you decide to sponsor a student, donate funds to local health clinics, or contribute to other worthwhile projects. Besides doing our part in the field in order to preserve and sustain the world's unique cultures and delicate environments, we are proud to support a number of worthy community based organizations (CBO’s). We encourage the use locally owned accommodation, ideally a locally owned accommodation that employs and trains local staff.
We believe that tourism should operate in partnership with local people, ultimately providing employment and economic benefits for the community as well as helping to place a value on the cultural and natural heritage of a destination.
Our core aim is to ensure the benefits of tourism reach local communities, providing a platform for national residents to benefit as much from tourism as the international visitor. Is this an idealistic view? We are yet to fully establish this, but we are constantly critiquing this issue to ensure that what we are doing is both responsible and sustainable within the developing environment that we work in.
Kentan Safaris supports Water For All Organization- www.waterfao.org a dynamic community based organization which offer quality integrated and sustainable development to local / host community through community empowerment and participation, collaboration and partnership mobilization of resources.
These are the Projects that are supported by Kentan Safaris and Water For All Organization:
- Entonet Community Health Centre Project: Entonet Rural Health centre initiative was developed to mitigate community health challenges occasioned by inadequate curative health services. Based on a community co-operative philosophy and focusing on health promotion and prevention, the project includes the following: a community social hall, with a health centre with a out-patient unit including maternity services, fractures/muscle tear and wounds treatment services, nutrition rehabilitation unit; training of volunteer community health workers, maternal child health/family planning and nutrition services including an applied nutrition programme, a water & sanitation out-reach initiaves; and a mobile house to house health units. Designed as a replicable model health programme, the intention is that services would be gradually precipitate into families, schools, churches and other social groups within the community. It is the project objectives that preventive and promotive health services should be integrated structurally and operationally with curative health services to provide the most benefits for the community served.
- Schools Water Harvesting & Sanitation Projects: Parents, teachers and pupils mobilized and trained in participatory development, hygiene and environmental sanitation. Construction of Rainwater catchments, dry toilets and solid waste disposal systems constructed and functioning in selected schools
- Kalokol Furgurson Gulf Village Sanitation & Water Project: The objectives of Kalokol Water and Sanitation Project are to: (a) increase access to clean reliable, affordable and sustainable water supply and sanitation services. More than 60% of residents in Kalokol Furgurson live in make shift settlements that ring the gulf. Although there are no household and community taps in the settlements (97% of residents have no access to clean water and latrines/toilets), many people collect contaminated water from the lake. Human waste are common, however, the human waste flows to the lake when it rains. In the past few years there have been several cholera outbreaks. The lack of clean water and improper waste disposal are a big threat to children lives due to the risk of water-borne diseases,”
- Entonet Eco-Tourism & Sports Project: In environments where children grow up to quickly and are faced with hardship from a young age, sports have been found to improve mental and physical wellbeing, build social skills and provide a forum to educate children on health, sanitation and issues such as HIV. By joining these sports projects you can help care for and provide better futures for underprivileged children in Kenya. Working alongside schools and youth groups, volunteers run training classes for football, volleyball, athletics and other sports. In some locations you will be involved in recruiting new children for the more deprived areas that are not attending schools or groups due to lack of funds.
- Marsabit Manyatta Jilo Borana & Gabrra Women Cultural Tourism Project: Cultural tourism shows us the great value of our traditions and our community spirit, and by encouraging and celebrating culture, we ensure it is preserved and protected for the future. Increasingly, more and more communities are turning to tourist projects as means of sustaining and enriching their lives. The success of many community tourism projects, supported by the Ministry of Tourism and the Tourism Trust Funds, is a testament to the great value of culture in East Africa.
- Pokot & Turkana Cultural Costumes Restoration Project: This project reseaches the cultural heritage of the Pokot & Turkana communities in North Western Kenya, with particular emphasis on their attachment to its preservation and conservation of costumes, dance and art. The two communities are encouraged to preserve and pass it to the younger generation through the formation of village cultural tourism projects.
- Lodwar & Livestock Traders Adult Education Project: East Africa faces developmental issues which include environmental degradation, periods of drought followed by flooding, over-reliance on low-value primary goods, inadequate social services such as education and medical care, insufficient physical infrastructure and political corruption. The population is very young with half of the nearly 65% persons below the age of 19. The project offers adult primary, secondary school education and business studies to persons between 18 and 50 years of ages who missed the opportunity to participate in mainstream schooling and are involved in micro & macro business. The project works in tandem with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Gender, Sports and Social Services. The project offers Basic Literacy skills to those who are illiterate followed by a Post Literacy programme for those who complete Basic Literacy and would like to improve their communication skills and general knowledge. Non-Formal Education is conducted for those adults who are literate but never completed primary or secondary school. They are taken through the normal syllabus and then sit national examinations and are awarded either the Certificates. Apart from the regular syllabus, participants also benefit from extra-curricular activities, counseling and mentorship, and career guidance and life and interpersonal skills training.