Cottar’s Wildlife Community Trust
Olderkesi Community Wildlife Conservation Trust (OCWCT) is aiming at improving the livelihoods of the Maasai community since 2013, preserving their culture and enhancing visitor experience at Cottar’s 1920s Camp and Bush Villa. Community land is leased to OCWCT for wildlife and tourism and in return the community gets an incentive/land lease fee. The project was initiated by both OCWCT and landowners with an aim of improving the livelihoods of the Maasai community in Olderkesi. The participation of all land owners was vital and concerned authorities were involved for proper documentation/certification. The initiative contributes to inclusive economic growth and the members of the community are benefiting from the revenue. Livelihoods of the locals have been improved, current generations becme more literate through formal education, as OCWCT supports the neighbouring school. Creation of the initiative led to creation of the plans to save endangered species of wildlife in ecosystems, clean water is now accessible to all. Cultural values, diversity and heritage is encouraged by showing the tourists’ local performances of songs and dances, in this way, culture is passed on to the younger generations. Through CWCT, security along the Kenya Tanzania border has been enhanced as team patrols are done by security arms of both countries and community members also coexist well with wildlife as they benefit from directed conservation.