World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014 Silver award in Poverty Reduction

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Project #1

The Lewa Education Program supports 21 schools in the areas neighboring the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya. It does this through construction of classrooms, lavatories, libraries, boarding facilities, dining halls, kitchens, teachers’ housing, fences, laboratories and more.

The program also provides scholarships to over 400 promising students from financially challenged backgrounds, and also oversees six adult literacy centers and a digital literacy program.

Close to 6,500 children and 300 adults benefit from this extensive program that best demonstrates how conservation of endangered species can transform the fate of communities by facilitating development.


General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, College-ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-ruled Paper

Wall Charts:
(English and Swahili) Math, Human Body, Language, Science, and World Maps

Reference Materials:
(English and Swahili) Dictionaries, and Encyclopedias

Flash Cards:
(English and Swahili) Alphabet, Math, and Word

Text/Reading Books:
(English and Swahili) Age Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

Art Supplies:
Beads for Bead Work, Craft Glue, Earring Hooks, Sewing Needles, Thread, Watercolor Paints, and Watercolor Paint Brushes

Computer Hardware/Software:
Educational Software, Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printer Cartridges, and Solar-Powered Working Laptops

Educational Games/Toys:
Chess Sets, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Music Instruments:
Harmonicas/Kazoos, Recorders, and Triangles

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Whistles

First Aid/Health:
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Sanitary Napkins

Office Supplies:
Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers

Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas

Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, and Spades

Project #2

The Lewa Health Care Programme is a vital part of their community development outreach. Lewa manages three clinics in the region, serving thousands of individual who would otherwise have no access to health care.

The year 2009 witnessed a growth of the Lewa Health Care Programme. The number of clinics under Lewa’s operation increased from two to three with the re-opening of the Ngare Ndare clinic on the western side of the Conservancy.

The Lewa, Leparua, and Ngare Ndare clinics served the staff and communities in a professional manner under the guidance of Dr. Abid Butt, the Lewa consulting doctor.


General Medical:
Band-Aids, Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’), Blood Sugar Machines and Test Strips, Gauze, Thermometers (Digital), and Dressings

Specialist Equipment:
Stethoscope and Autoscopes

Testing Kits:
Malaria Testing Kits (‘RDTs’ – Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits with Reagent) and Pregnancy Testing Kits

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of August 11, 2018

Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them.

Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.