We envision a world where all people in Kenya, even in the remotest areas, hold the power to create opportunity for themselves. We intend to help them do that because after all you can’t save the elephants if you don’t save the people.
We are using the help of local village leaders as well as Global Village Resources, an organization that provides rural communities and underprivileged schools technological, educational and development resources. Together we are implementing sustainable programs that improve access to opportunity now and for future generations.
We are pairing the consumer with the producer by bringing industry into an impoverished area of Kenya. We will then sell the items on The KOTA Foundation website thereby infusing money back into the communities who need it the most.
Organizations such as the Owens Foundation for Wildlife Conservation have implemented similar projects in Zambia with enormous success. Their goal, like ours, was to reduce elephant poaching in the North Luangwa National Park in Zambia. By teaching the community successful beekeeping they were able to produce and sell enough beeswax and honey to not only sustain the village but the surrounding areas as well. Elephant and wildlife poaching in the North Luangwa National Park virtually disappeared as a result.
How You Can Make a Difference
Every dollar counts! If you can help us raise our goal of $50,000 then we can:
- Identify a local Kenyan community with high rates of elephant poaching that will benefit the most from this project
- Work with the local leaders of the pre-selected village in order to provide the necessary support
- Research the most effective industries that will maximize the investment without depleting the natural resources
- Empower communities to become self-sustaining by providing them with the necessary tools and knowledge
- Create an e-commerce website in order to sell the products online infusing money directly back into the community which needs it the most
Each donation of $50 brings us one step closer to our goal!