[[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:null,”attributes”:{“class”:”media-image alignnone size-medium wp-image-1610″,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”style”:””,”width”:”504″,”height”:”378″,”title”:”Peace One Day u0026amp; Camps International”,”alt”:””}}]] If you’ve been following us on Facebook you’ll know we’re big fans of the International Peace One Day, which is the 21st September every year. If you want to learn more about it, here’s a great short video. EssentiallyåÊ it is a UN recognised day of peace whereby all sectors of society, including governments, organisations of the UN, regional and non-governmental organisations, and individuals are encouraged to take action that fosters a united and sustainable world. We have embraced the concept across all of our Camps for the last few years (click here, here and here to see the cool stuff we’ve done in the past) but this year was our biggest yet! Our greatest area of focus is tackling Human-Wildlife conflict which is a major issue in Africa. We don’t like this term and are doing everything we can to promote Human-Wildlife Co-operation, fostering united and sustainable communities wherever we work. There’s no better way to do the work our volunteers are doing justice than to hear it straight from the horses mouth (our volunteers don’t look like horses, it’s just a saying) so I’ll shut up now and let them tell you all about it.åÊ Here’s what we got up to at Camp Mwaluganje in Camp Kenya!… [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:null,”attributes”:{“class”:”media-image alignnone size-medium wp-image-1611″,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”style”:””,”width”:”504″,”height”:”334″,”title”:”Peace One Day u0026amp; Camps International”,”alt”:””}}]] International Peace One Day at Mwaluganje Leaving Camp Kenya, we didn‰Ûªt know what to expect from Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary. What we were met with was not only one of the most spectacular landscapes in the country but a beautiful display of friendship by the local community. We were fortunate enough to take part in a range of activities with the local primary school in honour of International Peace One Day. Arriving on the 20th of September we were joined by 13 students from Ng‰Ûªonzini Primary School. To break the mould we were split into two groups, the Lions and the Wazimus, with the Lions leaving on an evening game drive whilst the Wazimus were setting up tents with the children and teachers. The students brought with them a wired elephant, made entirely from elephant snares that we were to work on together as a group to complete and place in the school. That night we were treated to stories around the camp fire with the local students leading the way enthusiastically. Alongside these stories that passed down from generations, they told us about their future hopes of expanding beyond their communities, from being pilots to doctors. As Peace Day arrived in the camp the groups split again. As the Wazimus took a morning game drive, the Lions set about starting work on our paper machÌ© elephant. In an effort to record our peace day celebrations, we took many photos and videos with the children of our activities. During the game drive, the children were eager to show the wonders of the sanctuary as well as the teachers gave us some historical background to it. It was a fantastic experience to not only see many elephants, but also to see the children enjoying the local animals as much as we were. When we returned to the campsite, everybody sat down together and had a discussion about elephants, swapping expectations and facts. After lunch, we joined the children to visit their school. There we planted trees in honour of the day before competing in a series of sporting activities in our groups. Originally, the groups split up into netball and volleyball before a final football showdown between the Lions and the Wazimus commenced. Alongside some expert commentary from the children, both teams played well and in honour of peace day everybody was declared a winner. To mark the end of a fun filled day, the Camp Kenya group gave gifts to the children who had spent time with us. It was a great close to a wonderful day and one that will stay in our memories for a long time. We will be sure to continue the tradition of peace day for years to come and take it back with us to our respective countries. Check out some more snaps from what was a wonderful day on our Flickr page! [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:null,”attributes”:{“class”:”media-image alignnone size-medium wp-image-1612″,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”style”:””,”width”:”504″,”height”:”378″,”title”:”Peace One Day u0026amp; Camps International”,”alt”:””}}]]