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Written by Westgate Conservancy   
Thursday, 08 November 2012 12:35

For the community to value and own wildlife there must be some social life benefits attached to it. The community needs to look not only at the numbers of its human and natural resource but also at the quality of this crucial resource. Such numbers and quality need to be synchronized with community livelihoods.

Education - Due to high illiteracy levels,Westgate still maintains education as a priority in the group ranch and we offer bursary to our member students from secondary, colleges and upto the university level. There is great achievement on education as we currently support 57 secondary school students, 14 college students and 13-university student. We support 9 pre-school teachers every month. We also hold an education day for our students every December to bring our students together and share experiences.

Water - In our 5 year strategic plan water became a priority as community need and it has been on top of fundraising list substantial success have been made. A number of water projects were done like,ngutukongron community water project (supported by USAID), two dams constructed of 19,000 cubic meters each at lempaute and sasaab , roof catchments in all our schools, 10 tank supplied each 10,000 litres supported by feed the children, Westgate school water project supported by just a drop.

Ngutukongiron community water project 7km from EwasoNyiro River and Westgate water project.


Micro Enterprise Programme - Westgate involves the community on life support activities that touches into their livelihood, we run a loan program for the women, which has been done successfully in two rounds of successful repayment of kshs. 200,000 and kshs. 450,000 respectively. NRT trading where women are able to access market for their product both in local and international markets.

In addition we established the same for the young morans, kshs. 500,000 which 25 young men were the beneficiaries and going on successfully.

RANGE MANAGEMENT AND HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT

WGCC recognized that rangeland management is imperative to accommodate livestock, wildlife and people within the same environment. In regardwith the support from USAID, WGCC in partnership with other partners has implemented range rehabilitation project and 1200 ha. Piece of land (buffer zone) has been successfully rehabilitated.

In this respect after reseeding the land, the principle of holistic management were applied as a long term and a sustainable measure of curing the land and bring it back to its healthy state. This project is designed to strengthen the primary resource base to support improved biodiversity. The long-term goal is to manage the land towards recovering its original perennial grasses which are more palatable to livestock and wildlife. Three of the tools to be used will be:

High animal impact – having animals concentrated heavily in one area will remove mature capping and cultivate it by disturbing the soil and assisting in the breakdown of annual grasses and enhancing the mineral cycle.

Animal impact and boma making


Holistically planned grazing – grazing is planned so that livestock is moved to the right place at the right time to prevent selective grazing and to maximize recovery time for the root system of grasses.

Holistically planned grazing and bunching


Harvesting indigenous perennial grass seeds for planting – we already has a successful grass planting program underway in West Gate and this will be integrated into the holistic grazing planning in order to speed the establishment of indigenous perennial grasses.

Acacia reficiensclearing and reseeding


 

The main goal is to rehabilitate the land using animal impact. As a result more benefit was realized of healthy land and healthy cattle as well. After this exercise we were able to secure a market for some of this animal and the community sold 88 cattle to olpejeta conservancy where the community was able to get kshs, 2.8 million from the sale of their cattle where the price was done in three categories of kshs, 40,000, 32,000 and 22,000

In 2011 we did the same and we had 500 heads of cattle were grazed in the same land for 3 months and the land had more grass than before and the grass and grazing management is very successful in the northern Kenya region. We also managed to harvest 92 bags of 90 kilos of seeds in the same fields which we use for re-planting. We again secured more market and we sold 337 heads of cattle to olpejeta again worth, ksh 10,416,000

 

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