Women to run across the Serengeti for noble cause

14Aug 2018
Edward Qorro
The Guardian
 Women to run across the Serengeti for noble cause

THE Singita Grumeti Fund (SGF) has organised an all-women, 5-day, 30 and 90 kilometers race across the vast Serengeti wilderness to raise funds for girls and women empowerment programmes.

The race, which is part of SGF’s brand-new collection of conservation safaris dubbed: “Safaris With A Purpose” will be held between October 19 and 24 this year with the sole commitment of empowering girls and women to take on leadership roles in conservation.

The event also aims to raise awareness about the challenges facing girls and women living in nearby communities and seek sustainable solutions, according to Frida Mollel, SGF’s community outreach programme manager.

“We are here to speak to girls and tell them you have the right to good education and to stand firm.  We want to inspire them, to give them power and energy,” she said.

According to the SGF’s official, the first day of the race will include a ‘fun run’ for local women and girls where guests will have the opportunity to engage with the local community who will ultimately benefit from the fundraising event.

The funding will help raise the $250,000 needed to run programmes to educate future female leaders in conservation and positively reach over 1,500 women and girls.

During the course of the race, participants will also have the opportunity of engaging with local girls and learn more about Singita Grumeti Fund’s successful anti-poaching strategy including the rare visit to the canine unit and meet the elite anti-poaching team. 

The Fund’s dedication to conservation, anti-poaching, law enforcement, research, community partnerships and sustainability in the area has had a huge impact on the eco-system since its establishment.

Women and girls in rural communities like those bordering the 350,000-acre Singita Grumeti reserve in northern Tanzania face a range of challenges in everyday life, not least of all being a lack of access to quality education and support for small businesses.

SGF is a non-profit organisation carrying out wildlife conservation and community development work in the western corridor of the Serengeti ecosystem in Tanzania.

According to the United Nations, poverty is the primary barrier to education for girls, more so than cultural resistance or gender inequality but girls who complete primary and secondary education tend to marry later, have smaller families and earn significantly higher wages.

Some of the positive outcomes include faster economic growth, improved maternal and infant health and lower incidences of HIV/AIDS.

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