Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Here in northern Kenya by enabling local people to manage their traditional lands and natural resources they are able to secure peace, protect the environment, and thus transform their lives. Key to this is the provision of accessible and affordable healthcare and family planning; integrating this, and a strong component of ecological awareness through education results in: - The numbers of unskilled abortions and infanticides due to unwanted pregnancies declining. - Child/infant mortality declining; children born three to five years apart are 2.5 times more likely to survive than children born two years apart. - Fewer girls drop out of school on account of unwanted pregnancies. - Natural resources can be distributed more equitably; a smaller family puts less pressure on an already stressed ecosystem. - Water sources remain plentiful for both human, wildlife, and livestock consumption. - Degraded environments are given a chance to recover. - Human conflict over pasture reduces. - Human-wildlife conflict and poaching reduces.
In addition, when women are empowered decision-makers in their families, they spend more resources on their children's nutrition, healthcare and education. Involving men in family planning can lead to changes in gender norms. Thus by improving the quality of life of these communities and as a result reducing human/wildlife population pressures, indigenous flora and fauna are able to thrive and there’s a reduced risk of conflict and poaching to endangered and vulnerable species such as elephant, lion, cheetah, African wild dog, Black rhino, Grevy's zebra, Hirola antelope, and countless others - Kenya’s human population is currently increasing by approximately one million every year. To see more work and projects follow me @chancellordavid #withbutterfliesandwarriors