Supporting Women in Science

by Conservation Education Society
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Our team have had a very busy 3 months, from organising our THIRD Diani Sea Turtle Festival, hosting several international students to partnering with a nearby all women’s mangrove conservation group!

In May, we continued with our weekly sessions at a nearby all-girls college. As the students had been on break, they returned in May and we kick started the term with a new module on Marine Life. Students learnt about the multiple benefits we receive from the ocean as well as the various habitats within. We looked at challenges these habitats faced and how these can be overcome! In May, we also partnered with Infinity Outdoors by hosting one of their school visits to the coast, organising an educative glass bottom boat ride, trips to a local sacred forest and primate rescue centre.

In June, we organized our third sea turtle festival, and we are happy to report it was a huge success, receiving over 300 students from the coast. We also hosted over 11 conservation organisations, including our newest partners, the Munje Tunusuru Women's Conservation Group! At the end of March, we signed an MoU, stating that we would be supporting them over the next 2 years. Through this partnership we have been raising funding for the group, who conserve, restore and protect a large patch of mangrove forest! We were able to provide them with the first installment at the festival! We also funded for them to show case their items and project on the day. We hope to raise even more funding for these incredible women as well as seek additional business training for them. You can support them by donating to our GlobalGiving Campaign, please visit; https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/women-saving-mangroves-in-kenya/ for more information.

Over the last period we also received international groups through Camps International and will be receiving a further 250 students throughout July and August through their summer programme!

We thank you for your continued support, without it, we would not be able to continue our work with local schools and communities!

We wish you a great week ahead,

From all of us at the Conservation Education Society

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Students looking at alternative uses for waste!
Students looking at alternative uses for waste!

Dear Friends,

We hope you all have had a wonderful start to 2022. In late 2021, the decision was made to leave the local Marine Education Centre here in Diani, this has been our offices for the last 3 years, and although sad to leave we are also excited for the future. To reflect these changes, in early 2022 we revised our strategic plan and also updated our organisational profile for our supporters. You can view both the strategic plan and the organisational profile by clicking HERE, along with our other reports.

We have restarted our weekly workshops at a nearby all-girls college, prior to COVID-19, we ran a weekly Marine Club. In 2022, we were invited back and now run a 2-hour session with all the students, with our curriculum now a mandatory lesson. Our first module has been on waste management and the students have set up a recycling station at the school, please check out the photos attached. 

We also had the honour of meeting a fantastic all women’s mangrove conservation group and will be advocating their work throughout 2022, raising valuable funding for mangrove planting as well as financial support for them to continue this vital work. We have launched a new campaign on GlobalGiving for this and you can view this HERE.

We are thrilled to report that we are among the shortlisted contestants of the DIAR Awards 4th Edition in the awards category: Diversity and Inclusion Environmental Conservation and Sustainability Champion Award. We received a whopping 368 votes out of 961! Super happy to have surpassed the average number of votes! Thank you to everyone who took their time to vote and share our posts! The final decision now lies with the venerable jury. We will keep you updated!

We launched our online shop to support our programmes, if you live outside of Kenya, please check out our store HERE

In the next quarter, we will be preparing for our third Sea Turtle Festival which will be held in June 2022, we hope to bring in over 200 students for the event. Previous festivals have been a great success and we are always blown away by the support we receive, please follow the Diani Sea Turtle Festival Facebook page, by clicking HERE to keep updated with our progress! We will also be launching another project on GlobalGiving, so keep tuned!

Lastly and most importantly, we thank each and every one of you for your support, without it we would not be here today working with the fantastic students and communities in Kenya, as we like to say 'Think Global, Act Local'.

We wish you a fantastic March!

Yours faithfully,

The Conservation Education Team

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Students in groups, answering questions on waste

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Dear Friends,

After almost 18 months of uncertainty, we are thrilled to report that we are slowly seeing schools returning to the Marine Education Centre for our education programmes! We are also happy to report that our main sponsors, The Sands at Nomads Hotel in Diani, have been able to reinstall their monthly donation in full. This means we will be closing our Supporting Women in Science project on GlobalGiving at the end of November, as we are now able to support our female team of scientists, reinstalling them to full time. We are incredibly appreciative of you and all our sponsors and will now be able to focus on other programmes!

This is what we got up to in the last period;

  • In August we were visited by two school groups, who joined us at the Marine Education Centre for a half day education programme, we focused on plastic pollution, marine habitats and wildlife. We also visited a school to present an award to a student who had come third place in our Sea Turtle Festival Art Competition.
  • In September, we, with several local organisations, organised a beach clean-up in support of the International Coastal Clean-up on the 18th September. In total, 149 volunteers joined us to clean over 7km of beach, collecting over 100 bags of trash, weighing over 300kg.
  • In October, we provide a tour to a group of college students, as part of our Wazili programme, a Sunday school group also joined us for a tour.
  • In Early-November, a further 2 school groups joined us at the Marine Education Centre. 

In total we have received over 150 students at the Marine Education Centre between August and mid-November. Throughout the last period, we continued with our weekly workshops with 4 educators from the Wazili Programme. This is an outreach education programme with several schools and community groups. This is ran in partnership with The Kwale Recycling Centre and funded by Seas4Life, Ekwal and Ocean Recovery Alliance. This programme reaches over 200 participants each week! 

For further information on our activities over the last 3 months, please go to: https://ceskenya.org/newsletters-2021/ and check out our bimonthly newsletters. You can also check out our short report on our Wazili programme, jam-packed with pictures of the last module, which focused on Marine Life, to do so, please click here.

Lastly, we would like to say a special thank you to you, for being part of our network of supporters. We are so pleased to finally be able to engage with students again on conservation! 

Please continue supporting us by checking out our other projects, such as our Engaging Kenyan Youths in Conservation project

We wish you a relaxing and enjoyable festive period!

Until next time!

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Hello Friends!

The last 3 months have been an eventful period for us at the Conservation Education Society, please read on to learn what we have been upto;

In partnership with the Marine Education Centre, we held the second ever Diani Sea Turtle Festival in June, which we are happy to report was a huge success. Through the very kind sponsorship received from several organisations, we were able to provide transport, lunch and a free water bottle to 200 students from our community. We have attached the report for the event for your perusal, but we were thrilled to be able to reach so many students and increase awareness of sea turtle conservation amongst our community. Furthermaore many of the students were young women from our community, who got to meet many professional women in science, we hope that these moments will encourage younger women to pursue a career in science and conservation. 

We have also been working with the Kwale Recycling Centre on an outreach programme that focuses on waste management, marine conservation and forestry. We are working with students and community groups, providing a weekly workshop. The first module focused on waste management and has now been completed. We are now kickstarting module 2, which focuses on marine conservation.

For further information on our activities over the last 3 months, please go to: https://ceskenya.org/newsletters-2021/ and read our newsletters.

The Conservation Education Society will continue developing new and innovative ways to engage more women in conservation, especially with our recent partnerhip with Kenya Wildlife Services. This will inable us to reach out to even more communities in Kenya.

We have some exciting plans ahead and none of it would be possible without your support, thank you.

Stay tuned!

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Become a Friend of the Sea Turtle Festival
Become a Friend of the Sea Turtle Festival

Dear Friends, 

Around this time last year, we became permanent partners with GlobalGiving, this was due to our successful fundraising campaign in March 2020, the success of this campaign is solely down to YOUR amazing generosity! 

In 2020, we raised a total of Kes 655,590 (approximately $6,555) through GlobalGiving campaigns, this accounted for nearly 40% of all donations we received in 2020. This is HUGE and we cannot thank you enough for this, last year was particularly tough and without your support, we may not be here today!

We have had a busy few months since our last report, please check out our last few newsletters by clicking HERE! 

We have launched our Marine Club, an online network for marine lovers, each month we share a topic with members, along with activities. We have a special deal this weekend in celebration of Easter and are giving a 10% discount on the annual membership. This is a great way to support our work as well as learn new and amazing facts about the oceans! To join, click HERE!

We have been working with our partners on some new and exciting education programmes in schools, as well as participating in a new 'penpal' programme, called Conservation Pals. Conservation Pals is all about connecting local students with students overseas to learn about other wildlife and cultures. With recent restrictions in Kenya due to COVID-19, this has meant schools have closed again, which means some of our work will need to be temporarily suspended until a safer time. 

We are currently working on our 2021 annual report and will be able to share this with you in our next update. We are also preparing for Diani's second sea turtle festival, which will be held on June 13th. This is a great awareness event, bringing our community together to learn about sea turtles and their habitat! You can sponsor the event and become a friend of the festival, to learn more, go to www.ceskenya.org/product/become-a-friend-of-the-sea-turtle-festival/.

We are still needing your support and so we ask if you can, please continue to donate to our GlobalGiving campaigns. All funds are used to ensure local staff and their vital work continues as well as helps fund our conservation education programmes, any amount is greatly appreciated!

Thank you and we wish you a wonderful Easter!

Kelly Martin

CEO

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