for the coexistence
of wildlife and people
We began our activity with the installation of solar bottle lamps, as they are also installed by the organizationLiter of Light in many countries of the global south, in village communities in different regions of Kenya. At the same time we dealt with possibilities of safe drinking water supply, whereby we already brought some experience from our work in Cambodia, because we had already brought 2 Waterfilter "PAUL" to Cambodia and in this context got to know the work of the organization "Water for Cambodia" and in doing so the water filters of the organization "CAWST". At the same time, we dealt with the use of moringa as the most nutrient-rich plant on earth for food supply, with permaculture and above all with so-called food forests as a way of creating biotopes that also serve to secure food. We started a children's environmental group because we can look back on more than 20 years of nature education work in Germany. We traveled to Kenya, visited most of the national parks and protected areas, talked to many people about their situation and conflicts with wild animals, visited the organization "Elephants and Bees" to learn about the possibilities of protecting agricultural areas through beekeeping and we kept developing more and more an idea of how individual segments could be merged into a larger whole in order to develop new forms of nature conservation that can then be transferred to other regions by other people and organizations.
This resulted in our Food Forest Village Project in the Bungoma region in western Kenya. We bought a piece of land, started planting after the preparatory work and set up a food forest. At the same time we installed solar bottle lamps in the houses, dealt with the development of smoke collectors for the open fireplaces and did environmental education activities with the village children and showed them nature films that we had shot ourselves in other parts of Kenya. We found confirmation of our rather holistic approach in the work of Jane Goodall and the "Tacare" project she founded, and above all in the very sophisticated project of Dr. Willie Smits "Samboja Lestari" in Indonesia. Further years of research and research, during which we came across the highly effective use of bamboo for the re-greening of degraded forest areas and as a secure source of income and thus an alternative to illegal logging and poaching for the local population, gave rise to the idea of expanding our first experiences in the village project a much larger project in which nature and species protection is combined with aid for the local population and in which bamboo will play a central role.