Samatian Island Lodge
Without the continuous support of Samatian Island Lodge Ruko Community Wildlife Trust would not be able to operate sustainably. Every guest that stays at Samatian pays a nightly conservation fee that goes straight to funding all operations and projects that Ruko implements. On top of this all guests have the chance to support Ruko by visiting the project in person.
Ruko has formed a Board using the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) model, whose vision is to “… facilitate the development of community-led conservation initiatives in Northern Kenya... (and) promote the collective management of eco-systems in order to improve human livelihoods, biodiversity conservation and rangeland management”.
Ruko was awarded a start up/seed fund for running for three and half years from 2007-2010 by the European Commission (EC) through the Community Development Trust Fund (CDTF). These crucial funds have been shared between supporting projects to develop the conservancy and income generating activities. Also through CDTF budget allocation for peace programmes RUKO was seconded to receive funds from DANIDA to support peace initiatives giving way for the 1st ever RUKO MARATHON which was a huge success and brought communities together to share their cultural values.
Ruko received much needed funding from Tusk Trust to purchase the conservancy boat and patrol equipments for scouts including tents and binoculars. On top of this Tusk has already secured funding with grants to translocate Rothschild giraffe to the region. Tusk is now seeking further funding to purchase a Sesse canoe and outboard engine for the project which will be used by the appointed game guards management team.
Ruko has secured funds to install a solar-powered water project to enable the communities to initiate a pilot programme for fish farming as well as commencing community tree nurseries.
The Longicharo Nursery school hosted 60 children from both communities for a morning art workshop. The children delighted in drawing the world around them.
Ruko received funds for its fish farming project to enable two initial ponds to be created with thanks from Terry Brewer, who visited Baringo in March 2010
Assistance and support from Robert's Camp on the shore of Lake Baringo.