Celebrating World Rhino Day
October 6th, 2021
On 22nd September, we celebrated World Rhino Day with forty-three students and two teachers from St Charles Lwanga Primary School in Nairobi with a day at Nairobi National Park.
Though they live in Nairobi, this was the first visit to the park for these children who live in Kibra, one of Africa’s largest informal urban settlements. We never get used to the awe and wonder in the faces of children seeing wildlife for the first time – they spotted impalas, Grant’s gazelles, hartebeests, buffaloes, zebras, lions, crocodiles, birds and of course rhinos in their natural habitat.
“I have never been to a National Park before. I have seen lots of animals including gazelles, zebras and lions. The experience I have had today was very good. I have loved everything.” – Muthoni Benard
“Today is my first day here at Nairobi National Park and I am so excited. I have seen the black rhino and other wildlife and learnt why we should protect the place they live. I am very happy”. – Keillan Wandera
This excursion cost $20 per child and we are grateful to Rags Jakobson of The Perfect World Foundation for funding this amazing excursion. We know that these trips make a difference and we want to take thousands of children to our National Parks. You can also support these adventures in the wild, just donate here.
Some ideas of how you could raise funds;
Host a dinner and show some of our photos in a short slide show – and we will ask Dr Paula Kahumbu to zoom in to talk to your audience (One thousand dollars pays for one school class in one bus).
Make a donation in the name of your loved ones, a friends birthday or a Christmas present and share this on your social media and invite your friends.
If you have great ideas of how to raise funds for this life-changing experience for underprivileged children, please do let us know. We are all ears!
Thank you to the Kenya Wildlife Service for waiving park entry fees, and Harun Nderitu and Manasseh Gatiki, who are tour guides at the Nairobi National Park, for engaging the students. Maureen Atieno took these photos.