|Lokori Community Rock Art Project Launched|
In July, 2009 TARA received a grant from the US Embassy State Department to implement a one-year project that will serve as a catalyst for the long-term preservation of the rock art in Lokori, Northern Kenya. In August, TARA held a stakeholders' meeting in Lokori to get the community's views on the proposed project and to discuss project implementation; it was agreed that the project be implemented with a local community-based organisation, LWUA - Lotubae Water Users Association.
This project borrows heavily from the successful TARA community projects and aims at achieving four interrelated objectives with an overall aim of improving the community livelihoods. The objectives of the project are to: increase awareness within the local community, promote conservation of the sites, promote the sites for local and international tourism, and develop basic infrastructure.
In partnership with the National Museums of Kenya, TARA will implement an educational outreach programme that will encourage students in the region to take an interest in Palaeontology and Anthropology as a career opportunity. This project is based on the rationale that despite 40 years of research in the Turkana Basin, not a single scholar in these fields comes from the Turkana or neighbouring communities.
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