A Rocha Kenya is a conservation organization based in Watamu, a village in the Kenyan coastal district of Malindi. It operates an eco-tourism project - the Arabuko Sokoke Conservation Scheme and an education scholarship programme - the Arabuko Sokoko Schools and Eco Tourism Scheme (ASSETS) bursary. In order to raise funds, A Rocha designed an income generating project to renovate its then dilapidated boardwalk and upgrade it to a viable attraction for local and international tourists.
The Foundation funded renovation works at Mida Creek boardwalk and contributed towards eco-tourism and education. The Safaricom Foundation was a key partner in the renovation of the Mida Creek boardwalk, a famous tourist attraction site, owned and managed by A Rocha Kenya.
The boardwalk has increased revenues earned. The income earned from the boardwalk and other ecotourism activities from the creek is channeled into the ASSETS bursary. The bursary supports education costs for students in schools adjacent to Arabuko Sokoke and Mida, from primary school level through to university. To date, 205 primary school students have received bursaries, and 144 of them have since graduated from high school. Through this partnership with the Safaricom Foundation, A Rocha plans to expand the number of schools under its bursary programme over the next five years continuing to use its sustainable ecotourism project as the back bone for income generation to support community development.