Through the provision of secondary school scholarships, A Rocha Kenya’s Arabuko-Sokoke Schools and Ecotourism Scheme (ASSETS) meets the economic and social needs of communities living around Arabuko-Sokoke Forest and Mida Creek, two of the most important sites for conservation in all Africa. Children and their parents learn about the global significance of their local environment and become involved in practical conservation activities.
One of the goals of ASSETS is to mentor beneficiaries so that they can become Kenya’s future conservationists. So, during the April and August school holidays, selected students are invited to take part in the ASSETS camp and treated to all the good food and hospitality that Mwamba (the A Rocha field study center) has to offer. The week is packed with activities: games, talks and outings to the forest and Mida Creek. The students also explore the reefs and rock pools of Watamu Marine National Park, which for most of them, is their first opportunity to swim or snorkel.