Jimbo Enviromental Group benefits from alternative Income Generating Projects

Community organizations in Kenya are increasingly stepping efforts to conserve their environment after realizing the benefits accrued from conservation activities. One such organization is Jimbo Environmental Group located in Jimbo village, along the south coast of Kenya. The group, which was established with the help of Kenya Sea Turtle Conservation Committee, is well known for its conservation activities in the area, especially with respect to the endangered sea turtles. Through facilitation from KESCOM the group frequently carries out mangrove rehabilitation, beach clean-ups and patrols, sea turtle tagging and release as well as in situ turtle nest protection. Jimbo is one of the major turtle nesting sites along the Kenyan coast. Other donors are now coming in to boost conservation efforts of the group and also help the community. For instance, members of the group, now have a reason to smile after they received funds to run several eco-friendly alternative income generating projects. The funding, to the tune of approximately Ksh.26 million was given by Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, a German NGO that provides humanitarian aid worldwide. It supports people who have fallen victim of natural disasters, war and displacement and who are not able to cope on their own in the emergency situation they find themselves in.Some of the projects being undertaken are mariculture project, mangrove reclamation, and bee keeping (in the mangrove forests). It is not just the group members who get to benefit. The entire Jimbo community now boasts of a newly constructed fish market, pit latrines, an all weather road to the village and a sea wall that is expected to be completed in November this year. The chairman of the group, Mr. Mwichambi Kai, could not hide his joy while he narrated all the benefits accruing from their efforts to conserve the environment. He further explained that now, Jimbo community has a great level of empowerment in respect to ownership and protection of their coastal and marine resources.

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