National Park Visit

Nairobi National Park Visit

The field visit to the Nairobi National Park that took place on the 24th November 2012 was not only extremely useful for the children of Korogocho and members of the CYEN –Korogocho fraternity, but was also very well prepared and excellently executed. The CYEN -Korogocho team at the field trip had a total of 80 participants, who comprised of the following members

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Field Visit to Nairobi National Park

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The field visit to the Nairobi National Park that took place on the 24th November 2012 was not only extremely useful for the children of Korogocho and members of the CYEN –Korogocho fraternity, but was also very well prepared and excellently executed. The CYEN -Korogocho team at the field trip had a total of 80 participants, who comprised of the following members:

  • 50 Home-Based Day Care Centres children
  • 18 Former Home-Based Day Care Centre children who have since graduated to the local primary schools
  • 6 children’s parents and Guardians
  • 6 CYEN management committee

While there we were able to observe many wildlife and some of the wild animals we saw were: Birds, Black Rhinos, Cheetahs, Gazelles, Lions, Ostriches, Zedonk, Serval Cats, etc. The favourite part of the trip was the looks of the Zedonk – it’s Zebra like feet and its Donkey kind like head and tails; also the feeding of the animals was also an amazing sight – a big chunk of a meat being thrown at them and within a minute the meat is no more. Several wildlife encounters, extreme weather (from reports given by one of the tour guides at the park and danger of bushfires), and of course, some amazing wild animals sites. The first stop after a scorching day in the Nairobi National Park was at the wild birds’ site. The wild birds’ site displayed an excellent exposure of the visit and thus provides an appetizing mood of wanting to stroll through the entire park. After visiting many more wild animals’ sites/ cages and more so the monkeys’ village exhibited excellent experience of the whole visit trip from the trees climbing and sporadic jumps from one tree branch to the other.

CYEN - National Park Visit  CYEN - Boarding a bus
image shows, the entrance gates to the Nairobi safari walk one of the sites at the park Images showing the CYEN –Korogocho team boarding the bus at a local Church St. John's Catholic Church Korogocho
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During the visit - some of the children took some nice photographs to take home as a
souvenir for the once in a lifetime visit trip to the world famous Nairobi National Park.
Others had to play at the scenic playing ground set aside for the children to relax their
minds after a long walk around the park, which was also another attraction puller on
the field trip.
Figure 2 – Left: The CYEN team entering the National park. Right: The Children of Korogocho admires the statue
symbol of the wildlife of Kenya
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Figure 3 – Left: The Home-Based Day Care children flanked by their parents and guardians enjoy themselves at a
statue of a Dinosaur. Right: The children entering the Nairobi Education Centre situated at the Park to know a
thing/or two about their wildlife history
A long walk on that day was well rewarded at the world famous National Park. We
were forced to pass through the famous lion hideouts/ cages in a scorching sun which
almost made it impossible for all the children to walk around to see for themselves the
world famous wild animals, however walking across the park’s boundary and
witnessing those world famous animals record more than made up for the very long
walk. Some of us decided to take a picturesque trip over the chains of the wildlife, and
as well other features of the park, were an amazing sight from all views (Figure 4 & 5).
In terms of economic benefits for this region, we were able to observe how a country so
beautiful like ours can really benefit from its wild animals if a lot of seriousness is
injected.
Children and youths Empowerment Network (CYEN –Korogocho) |The Nairobi National Park Visit Report: Issue2; December 2012
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In conclusion, the CYEN –Korogocho, field trip to the Nairobi National Park was a complete success, with participants gaining experience of numerous world-famous wild animals as well as getting to know of the significant economic benefits that it brings to from tourism sector.
Figure 4 –Left: The children, parents, guardians and CYEN Cttee members organize themselves to enter the park. Right: Some children of Korogocho searching for their own piece of the wild animals.
Figure 5 – Left to Right: The Home-Based Day Care children pose for a photo session at the animal orphanage. Acknowledgments: A big thank you from the Children and Youths empowerment Network (CYEN –Korogocho) fraternity to all our sponsors at the St. David’s Outreach Church and more especially to madam Joan Burrows, for providing the funds to run this fieldtrip, and hence help educate future wildlife conservationist/ environmentalists from the Home-Based Day Care Centres as well as providing valuable field experience in wildlife conservation and thus expanding their world and potentiality. The project is reliant upon external sponsorship in order to facilitate its activities and field trips like this. Please help us carry on our mandate of providing further education and experience opportunities to all the orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) by continuing your sponsorship in 2013 and beyond.
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Below are photograph of some of the wild animals as observed by the Children of Korogocho: Quality of the pics. severely impaired because of size restrictions. Please bear with me.
Figure 7 – The CYEN children field trip 2012 group at the Animal Orphanage, from left to right: Home-Based children enjoy themselves and the guardians‟ marvels at the sight of the wildlife
Figure 6 & 7– Left: The male Lions playing together in the cage. Right: Leo also known as “Simba” by the locals
….we look forward to visiting again such historical sites/or places to enable the children expand their world. Once again, many thanks to all our benefactors’, in Vancouver, Canada for these wholeheartedly support. What a day! What a park....!