Testimonials demonstrating demand for, and effectiveness of, AEFF’s educational films

The following are excerpts from letters AEFF has received from various schools and other educational and conservation organizations. Collectively, they illustrate the wide-ranging and effects of AEFF's educational films:

AEFF has played a critical role in filming environmental concerns in East Africa…I single out the film 'Natural Security', showing the destructive methods and resultant wastage of juvenile fish the trawlers off Kenya’s coast have been responsible for…The film was mainly responsible for the government being pressurized to finally suspend the licenses for all trawlers…
…AEFF’s films in general have also raised a lot of awareness and sensitization of school children as well as the adult population in most of our critically endangered ecosystems. Finally I hope you will continue in your valuable contribution to ensuring that people and the government are aware of the importance of conserving these unique resources.
Ali Kaka, Executive Director – The East African Wildlife Society

Every year, the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya take Conservation messages to the youth and general public across the country. We at the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya Headquarters, highly appreciate the donation of these 4 copies of your videos (in addition to earlier donations):

  • 2 copies of Kifaru Mweusi - Aangamia [Black Rhino - On the Brink]
  • 2 copies of Natural Security.
From 2001 we had a wonderful cooperation; through this we were able to reach an average of 2.3 million students. Students viewed the tapes and have appreciated overwhelmingly. Once again I would like to humbly request you to give us any material that can be of importance to Environmental Education.
Phillip Gitahi,Conservation Education Officer - Wildlife Clubs of Kenya

I first became interested in wildlife after watching a wildlife film by Simon Trevor...
Michael Wamithi, Project Director – International Fund for Animal Welfare

I now know [after seeing the film] that I myself, my mother and my grandmother have been contributing to the destruction of forests. There are better ways to do things and the responsibility is with every one of us.
Head Mistress, Mbogori Girls Secondary School, Mt Kenya Region

AEFF’s series of films is a very good representation for Environmental Education. We look forward to a long mutual relationship
The Director, Kenya Wildlife Service

Thank you for your positive response. I am so excited to get copies of your films! I have been talking so much about The Keepers of the Kingdom to my friends and colleagues and students... I am sure they will be delighted to see the film for themselves!

The school would be interested to get a copy of:

  • Elephants of Tsavo: one in English, one in Kiswahili, one in French
  • Keepers of the Kingdom: one in English, one in Kiswahili, one in French
  • Tombs below Aruba: one in English, one in Kiswahili, one in French
  • Wanted dead or alive?: one in English, one in Kiswahili, one in French
Of course, we would be interested to get a copy of your other titles but I think for a first exchange, the list above will be enough!
Helene Caillet, Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, Kenya

I would like to come back to our brief conversation held at Nairobi on August 4th 05 and thank you for the movies received so far:

  1. Black Rhino - On the Brink (Grumeti Fund intends to re-introduce black Rhinos into its area)
  2. Running Dry (Swahili version)
  3. Wanted Dead or Alive? ( English & Swahili versions)
Very impressive, very educative!

Grumeti Fund is operating along the western borders of Ikorongo and Grumeti Game Reserve in Tanzania. The hunting and poaching within the Game Reserves has been reduced dramatically in the past two years through strict law enforcement. However it is still a necessity to educate the people living along those areas on why they are no longer allowed to hunt and at the same time assist them to understand and experience the benefits gained from those sanctions.

These are the main reasons for addressing you in respect of educational film material. The movies of Mr. Simon Trevor are known and very good for such a purpose. We would highly appreciate if you could provide us with the copies of the films you have available, if possible also on DVD’s.

We would be interested in receiving the following films in addition to the ones you have given to us so far:
  1. The Great Ruaha River
  2. Keepers of the Kingdom
  3. Tombs below Aruba
  4. Elephants of Tsavo
  5. The Meanest Animal in the World?
  6. Together they Stand
  7. Walking Birds
  8. Black Rhino - On the brink (Swahili version)
  9. Running Dry (English version)
All, if possible in both languages.

As you may see, we are seriously interested in the entire collection of your movies – if possible in form of cassettes and DVD’s . The Swahili versions would be of great value to us, as in our areas, English is still a rarely spoken language. On the other hand, it would be of great importance to show the English versions to the Secondary School Students.
Barbara Schachenmann-Suter, Community Support & Networking Manager - Grumeti Fund, Tanzania

The Trust has lately started an Outreach Programme targeting the communities living in the environs of Nairobi National Park. We hope to reach out to thousands of schools going children and the larger community. Our target groups are future policy makers who include Secondary, College and University students.
Following my request last month, you kindly donated a varied selection of films which will help in meeting the demands of my outreach programme. I am confident that the films will be suitable to our target groups considering that they are in Kiswahili, Maa and English.
Victor Mutuma, Outreach Programmes Officer - The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Kenya

Our programme works closely with the local communities in the following national parks: Mt. Kenya, Ruma, Tsavo (Kasigau area), Aberdares, Amboseli, Nairobi, Lake Nakuru, Hell’s Gate and ranches in Machakos and Naivasha. One of the tools we use in the sensitization programme is the video cassettes that we have received from your organization.
Our target group has been members of Youth For Conservation and the local communities. This has been a very effective tool in our community sensitization programmes especially the tapes in Swahili because some members of the local community do not understand English. More than 1,000 viewers have benefited from information availed in the cassettes.
As a conservation organization, we hope to continue collaborating with you to educate the Kenyan community on the importance to conserve and preserve our national heritage for the unborn children (future generation).
Steve Itela, Programs Officer - Youth For Conservation, Kenya

I am writing to thank you for giving Amara Conservation copies of your films “The Meanest Animal in the World?”, “Walking Birds”, “Together They Stand”, in Kiswahili this past year. Along with the Elephant trilogy “Wanted Dead Or Alive?” “Elephants of Tsavo”’ and “Keepers of the Kingdom”, “Tombs Below Aruba” and “Running Dry”, they form the basis of most of what Amara does. We have shown AEFF films to over 100,000 people thus far, and the films are always a resounding success.
We are very excited to now also have copies of “A Keepers Diary” in Kikamba, and are looking forward to receiving a copy of the next film! Your work is invaluable to conservation efforts in East Africa! Our most sincere thanks for all that you do!
Lori Bergemann, Executive Director - Amara Conservation Ltd, Kenya

This is to confirm that the African Environmental Film Foundation (AEFF) films are well received by audiences at the 200 Regional Reach TV viewing locations in ten districts namely; Meru, Nyeri, Muranga, Kirinyaga, Nakuru, Kakamega, Vihiga, Kisumu, Kisii/Nyamira, and Keiyo.
The viewers include children, men and women who are farmers, traders etc and the feedback we get from the field indicates that they find AEFF films educational and entertaining. We have about 40,000 viewers per day at around the 200 viewing centres (Steadman Media Monitoring) and this translates to at least 1.2 million viewers each month.
We are grateful to AEFF for having provided us with films since 2002 and look forward to continued collaboration, in an effort to provide viewers in rural areas with informative and educational films.
David Nguru Kimotho, Operations Director - Regional Reach Limited, Kenya

The video messages were very relevant to environmental issues and concerns being experienced in these areas. Indeed the video expanded the thinking and action horizons of the groups and schools. In fact all the groups and schools found the video very educative and enabled them to draw parallels when they were taken for field visits in Tsavo and Shimba Hills.
In all these meetings we did inform the groups the source of this information. It is against this background that we are making another request to you, to donate another set of videos that you may have produced.
Hadley Becha, Deputy Director & Head of Conservation Programmes - The East African Wild Life Society

We acknowledge receipt of Video tapes titled “Black Rhino - On The Brink" and “Running Dry”. We very much appreciate this continued donation of vital educational films to the Education centre in your effort to foster environmental education through film.
Edin Kalla, Assistant Director Education - Kenya Wildlife Service

Congratulations for the good work you are doing to initiate an alternative form of conservation education through films. This is one of the best forms of education for it can be perceived by all kinds of people, even the illiterate.
The Kiswahili ones are very much appreciated by local primary school students for they are able to understand and comprehend the real situation on the ground. The English used in all these films is very simple and easy to understand. The students are always amazed by the destructions that have been carried out to our environment. This creates a subject of discussion among the students during their free time.
Dean Shaw, Administrator - William Holden Wildlife Foundation, Kenya

……AEFF has tremendously contributed to KWS conservation efforts both locally and internationally through your invaluable films.
Michael Wamithi, [Former] Director - Kenya Wildlife Service

The viewers who cut across the family - men, women and children, were enthralled with the productions for it provided them with information on the role of elephants within a socio-economic framework of society and furthermore their role in ecology and biodiversity. Wildlife and environmental issues provide an easy and interesting capture for our audience and is a very effective platform for information and education to our rural audience. We believe that AEFF productions greatly added value to our programme content on Regional Reach and we look forward to a continued partnership to enhance quality features to our eager rural audience.
D.N. Kimotho - Operations Director - Regional Reach Ltd, Kenya

Distributing the tapes to all the staff members and Educational Centre is the surest way of disseminating Conservation Information to the wider population. This is the best strategy.
W.K Korir, Senior Warden - Malindi Marine Park, Kenya Wildlife Service

Video shows on wildlife and the environment are an integral part of our lessons because they create an important visual impression and help to supplement our field trips. The content of the film is as important as the language used in its narration. The use of Kiswahili and Maa in your films has helped our students to understand the subject matter, which is absolutely vital in convincing young minds on the realities facing our wildlife, nature and the urgency of its conservation. The films you have previously donated to us such as “Running Dry” and “Wanted Dead Or Alive?” have indeed been very educative. I have been an educator for 10 years and I must say you have made a giant stride in environmental education.
Francis Maina, Education Coordinator, Wildlife Education Centre - William Holden Wildlife Foundation, Kenya

We were able to distribute these tapes to 43 Districts in Kenya through our staff members and other partners in conservation. We were also able to go beyond the African continent through one of our staff member, a Japanese volunteer.
Elema Hapicha - Warden, Education - Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya Wildlife Service

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