Soysambu firmly believes in the need to develop a coherent approach that fosters willingness among all actors to work on integrated solutions. We prefer to bring together efforts in a programme of consistent pro-active assistance and interventions. This program should combine the dual goals of helping communities in improving their livelihoods while securing the communities’ commitment to Soysambu’s conservation goals.

The Soysambu Community Partnership and Education Department currently employs one Education and Awareness Officer. The Department, in conjunction with the communities, has defined five areas of impact for its activities.Contact 0740614910

Five Areas of Impact

Education
Health and Wellness
Nutrition
Livelihood improvement
Security

A key constraint to developing and implementing our community programmes has  been the lack of funding. In spite of this, mostly through improvisation and making do with a few donations, the department has managed to contribute to communities through these activities.

Accomplishments

 

Constructed and equipped the Elmenteita Medical Dispensary
Installed a water tank and piping from a borehole on Soysambu to the dispensary
Established a cattle dip in the Kiungururia community
Firewood collection through bush clearing programme
Environmental Beautification Programme
School Lunch Programme
Pen Pal Programme
Tree Planting
Bursary to one student based on performance
Support for Police Station in Elmenteita
Participating in the Water Rights Users Associations
Support of the Clinic on Soysambu
Support for community security
Assistance in environmental education excursions
Provision of energy saving jikos (portable, charcoal-burning stove)
Provision of microscopes
Provision of school desks and chairs
Provision of sports equipment
Provision of educational material
Improvement of School buildings and blackboards
Constructed a school garden
Assistance to government agencies

Community Relevance

Surrounded by an area of rapidly growing population, Soysambu is under considerable threat from surrounding pressures. These threats include siltation from soil erosion, increased extraction of water in the catchment, degradation of land, deforestation, growth in human settlements, around Lake Elmenteita.

Community Demographics

It is estimated that over 37,000 people live around the Soysambu Estate, spread out over 13 communities. Another 235 people live on the Estate in their capacity as employees. The Conservancy defines communities as those found within approximately five kilometres of the boundary. In addition, there are several small settlements found to the south and west (Ol Jorai and Elmenteita). Nakuru town is approximately 35 km by road from the main entrance gate to the north. The main road between Nairobi and Nakuru (one of the heaviest used roads for transport to and from Uganda) runs along the Lake and Eastern boundary of the Conservancy. The newly tarmaced Elmenteita – Lanet road cuts through the Estate leaving Congreve Sanctuary to the west adjacent to Lake Nakuru National Park.

Community Outreach Partners

Elmenteita School children
Elmenteita School children
Elmenteita water
Elmenteita water
Environment cleanup
Environment cleanup
Environment beautification
Environment beautification
Girls dancing
Girls dancing
Lady Ann Delamere Secondary School
Lady Ann Delamere Secondary School
Mbogo School penpals
Mbogo School penpals
Community
Community
Tree planting
Tree planting
Tree planting near the dam
Tree planting near the dam