LEWA Wildlife Conservancy
LEWA Wildlife Conservancy is an award-winning catalyst and model for community conservation known for its 61,000 acre refuge for rhino and elephant protection in Northern Kenya–one of the largest conservancies in all of Africa. LEWA pioneered the unique model of sharing limited resources and improving life for both people and wildlife.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, LEWA hosts five tourist lodges housed on the expansive grounds of the refuge which offers guest some of the best and unique experiences to view wildlife. All of the profits from tourism are invested directly back into LEWA’s programs.
LEWA’s mission is to serve as a ‘catalyst for conservation.’ The organization manages and supports health care, education, sustainable agriculture, grazing and forestry initiatives, women’s micro-credit program, and sustainable water usage initiatives in addition to the employment of more than 300 employees in Kenya. More than 60,000 people in LEWA’s surrounding areas are positively affected by the organizations work.
Grant #1 – May 2015: Empowers Africa made a grant towards the operation of LEWA’s mobile clinic. The clinic operates in conjunction with 4 of LEWA’s functioning clinics in various rural communities and provides medical assistance to more than 2,000 people living in remote and inaccessible areas around LEWA, which is in addition to approximately 30,000 people served in LEWA-sponsored clinics in 2014 alone.
LEWA clinics shoulder 90% of the healthcare and medical needs in the area. The grant made to the mobile clinic will further assist in getting health care to those in remote areas who face the dangers of long travel to the scarce medical facilities.
Services offered by the mobile clinic include health education, family planning, treatment of ailments, immunization and nutrition checks.