SAVE is a conservation - educational organization local to the Kakamega Forest area of Kenya, and an acronym for Swift Action for Viable Environments. Ernest Shikanga, Leonard Likothio, and I co-founded SAVE in the summer of 2013.
As a foreigner, I focus my efforts in SAVE on 1) designing a 3-stage curriculum and 2) training teachers to implement it. The 3-day lesson series integrates principles of ecology and conservation with local knowledge of forest history and sustainable alternatives. The lesson series is freely available online in the PDF below. I train and learn from local volunteers to effectively teach the area's secondary school students, incorporating diagrams, activities, evaluations, and awards. My co-founder Ernest and I now communicate remotely as he continues to train teachers and grow the program.
Today, students with high participation and essays of high merit are invited on a day tour of the forest, where they have the opportunity to meet the animals and experience the ecosystem they learn about first-hand. Although relatively local to it, many of these students are visiting the forest for their very first time.