PART OF AN EPIC WORLD-WIDE FILM
OF KIDS IN CONSERVATION
Each group of kids are sponsored and well-directed under the leadership of Marcos Mugo at the Sarova Mara Camp, and James Ntopai at Samburu Intrepids coordinating with Resson Kantai from our partner - Save The Elephants. It's a huge change and opportunity for these kids whose main activities in isolated villages has been herding livestock, hauling water and maintaining their thatched and dung-walled dwellings. Thanks to generous individual donations KKOS was able to purchase and loan to the kids over 50 new HD Canon camcorders, HD Nikon still/video and underwater cameras.
Most of them have never held a camera before or even a cell phone camera. To help them feel at ease before going out on their first photo safari and then interviewing tourist, these unspoiled kids learned the basics of how to use video and still digital cameras. The same trainers then followed the kids through their Safari Photo Drives and Tourist Interviews.
In the Mara their trainer was Stephen Kibuna, a local Kenyan photographer, who was also learning while directing the project. He was selected to meet our criteria of using all local Kenyans where possible.
In Samburu their trainer was Robbie, a skilled British photographer, working as an intern with Save The Elephants. He was ably helped in easing rural kids into their new roles by James Ntopai, the Intrepids Camp naturalist. He had been encouraged in his career as a participant in one of the first Kenyan Kids on Safari programs when he was 12 years old in 2009. You can view in the blog archives below.
This is the kids' REAL photo view of each other viewing the wildlife and interacting with tourists without any prompts. So if the horizon is occasional tilted, think what it would be like to achieve this without ever holding a camera or even taking cell phone pictures before!
Stephen recently finished the trailer preview of Mara section of the film which you can click-on the link below. The Samburu section of the entire Northern Kenya part of the film is still forthcoming from Save The Elephants, while Robbie completes it after his internship finished in May.
This picture of Pascal leaping from his first dip in the Intrepids' swimming pool will make you want to watch for the Samburu release of "What's in Your Back Yard?" It was taken by another 13-year old KKOS kid using an underwater Nikon camera. Pascal's joy speaks for all the kids having fun while learning about conservation.
Sept 17, 2017 - Now, view the challenging, emotionally moving Samburu release: