Being Mother – Jeremy Lucas Education Fund

Educating youth, empowering communities, encouraging conservation “When people ask me if Jeremy and I had children together – I say no. But the reality is that we now have 16!” The Jeremy Lucas Education Fund (JLEF) is now in its third year and is going from strength to strength. JLEF currently supports 16 young people in secondary and tertiary education More →

Life’s Changing Seasons

When we look back on a year it is usually the extreme lows and highs that we remember. We seem to forget the small things. This isn’t surprising given how much the big events and occurrences affect us. 2018 has been punctuated by loss after loss and it feels likes there has been no respite since the day Jeremy died More →

Chapter 10 – Cold Rain on Red Earth (Excerpt 7)

A paragraph from Chapter 10 After years of travelling all over the world, there was only one place I wanted to return to. I missed the friendliness of the Kenyan people, their melodious language, the changing, dramatic weather and the beauty of the landscape. From its bountiful national parks teeming with exotic wildlife, to its bustling coastline and cool mountain More →

Compassion for Nature

Guest Blogpost by Shivani Bhalla (Founder and Director of Ewaso Lions) Our planet is under severe threat. Large swathes of wilderness is being lost and wildlife numbers are plummeting all across the globe. Rapid urbanisation leading to animal habitat loss, poaching and bushmeat hunting of wildlife are just a number of things exacerbating the situation. Picture this. A large African More →

Tenebo Day – Teambuilding in Kenya

Many of you may know that my sister is a lion conservationist in Kenya. I went out there just before Christmas to spend time with friends and family – and one of the things I did was to organise a Teambuilding day for her staff. Below my account of the day. Ewaso Lions Tenebo Day (3 Dec 2013) Samburu had More →

Westgate Mall Images

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westgate-mall-children-3Images are powerful things.

A single image can evoke strong emotions.

They remind us of times – both happy and sad.

These are the images from the Westgate Mall siege that have really stayed with me – a mother protecting her baby from harm – the fear in her face all to palpable; a young girl running towards the safety of a police officer – alone and vulnerable; and a mother on the floor with her children – are they too scared to move – or are they dead?

So when I watched this clip (Nairobi Attack – Family rescued from Kenya Mall) I could not help but shed a tear.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-24239823

The bravery of the policeman, the terrified expression of the little girl, the innocence of the baby and the people from the floor above urging the woman – paralysed with fear – to get up “Amka Mama” – “Get up Mama”.  All emotions welling up at the same time – fear for the children, pride in the policeman, gratitude and happiness that the family were safe, anger at those who had caused this atrocity….

And, as I read this in The Telegraph – I feel HOPE…
“The details and the pictures that will emerge from Nairobi in the next few days will be harrowing, but do not judge by appearances. Kenya’s story is one of resilience, not fragility: it has recovered from al-Qaeda’s ravages in the past and will do so again!”