Lamu archipelago is a jewel in the crown of Kenya’s coastal region. Boasting over 130km of coastline and varied ecosystems Lamu is an exciting combination of beautiful natural landscapes, diverse flora and fauna and spectacular marine ecosystems. These diverse habitats all require protection, preservation and restoration to bring about long-lasting sustainable change.
The Lamu Environment Fund (LEF) was founded in 2021 with the idea of conserving this natural beauty. To do this LEF raises funds from individuals and businesses who care passionately about Lamu, to support local organisations that focus on protecting, preserving and restoring the archipelago.
The key areas of focus include solid waste management, mangrove protection, marine conservation, land regeneration and restoration and protecting biodiversity.
The LEF Steering Committee is made up of local and international friends of the Lamu Archipelago that direct our strategy. All applications go through this committee who all share a love for the natural beauty and charm of Lamu Archipelago while offering a wide array of skills and connections to further the work of the LEF.
Our local team consists of one person as the local Executive Director in charge of day-to-day management and coordination work on the ground, assisted by advisors and the SC.
An avid environmentalist from a young age, Hannah quickly found herself at home among other eco-warriors within the Lamu Archipelago. She co-founded Takataka Heroes a waste management organisation aiming to bring recycling facilities to the archipelago and has worked within the Flipflopi Project’s communications team.
With a background in online communications and a passion for the preservation of the natural environment, Hannah can’t wait to create a more sustainable future for the Lamu Archipelago.
How we work
All funds raised go towards supporting environmental campaigns in Lamu Archipelago. We strongly believe that by supporting local environmental and conservation groups we can make a positive impact and bring about long-lasting positive environmental change.
Our way is to…
Connect those who love Lamu with those who are working to protect, preserve and restore it.
Involve, empower and strengthen local communities through a bottom-up integrated approach to create long lasting change, bolster civil society and build capacity by providing projects with vital funds to scale their impact.
Support local initiatives and identify the framework and skills needed to tackle specific local environmental problems.
Collaborate with our global network to access piloted and proven solutions.
Mobilise funding by encouraging individuals to get involved and support their local environment.
Tap into our network of experts to ensure we support the projects offering the largest returns for nature.
Leverage co-funding opportunities with larger foundations, national or international organisations.
Provide a proven and transparent channel for donors to support their local environment.