Some of my fondest childhood memories growing up in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, are spending Saturday afternoons having picnics with my dad and brothers at the Nairobi National Park. Naughty vervet monkeys would come and steal our food, and I never imagined I would end up working and living in a wildlife sanctuary (and of course, densely populated with naughty vervet monkeys!)
My role entails telling all the layers of the Lewa story – from wildlife stories to our work with communities and the Lewa tourism experience. Lewa is a very intimate place, we all know each other very well and many people in our team have been here for longer than 10 years. I try to ensure that through all our communications - brochures, website, social media channels etc – that the spirit of Lewa and the passion we have for our work is reflected. I like to tell our stories in a way that connects with audiences across the world and offers hope for a future where both wildlife and people can flourish. At the very least, we hope that our stories inspire.
Just like any other job, we also face challenging moments, but living and working on Lewa’s staggeringly beautiful landscape is undoubtedly charming, and most importantly, offers a daily sense of purpose.