‘Nature Conserved, People transformed’ − A Rocha Kenya’s mission is to contribute to the restoration and conservation of ecologically-sensitive areas and the transformation of people’s understanding and appreciation of God’s creation.
Mwamba is our Field Study Centre on the coast, next to Watamu National Marine Park and near to Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, the largest remnant of a dry coastal forest which originally stretched from Somalia to Mozambique. It contains an unusually high number of rare birds as well as the Golden-rumped Elephant-shrew Rhynchocyon chrysopygus. Mida Creek, also nearby, has important mangrove forests whilst Dakatcha Woodland, located 40 km to the north of Malindi, is the world’s only known breeding site for Clarke’s Weaver Ploceus golandi. Visitors from all walks of life − conservationists, researchers, students, community groups and holiday makers − participate in our practical conservation programmes at these sites which include research, environmental education and community conservation.
In 2001 A Rocha Kenya established the Arabuko-Sokoke Schools and Eco-tourism Scheme (ASSETS) which supports needy children living around the forest and Mida Creek with secondary school bursaries funded by local sustainable tourism activities.
Our scientific projects include bird monitoring, coral reef research and forest regeneration studies which undergird our conservation programmes.
Successful approaches at Watamu have led us to establish two more field stations, whilst a new field study centre is evolving in Nairobi, where training in conservation farming (Farming God’s Way) is improving lives.
A Rocha Kenya was registered as a Non-Governmental Organization in 1999.