LL Joel Lmelis Lepuyapui 2b

The Land & Life Foundation can now assist high school graduates of the Wildlife Warrior Program- the question of ‘what next’ became a defining one for everyone; the scholars themselves and for the entire Land & Life team.

The ultimate aim of the program is to take its top conservation scholars to tertiary level of education. Since its launch in 2014, the Wildlife Warrior Program has already worked with over 2,000 children living in prominent wildlife areas. The Land & Life Foundation model now offers support and guidance to the graduating scholars who will be the next leaders and champions in Tourism and Conservation.

The Land & Life team have developed two options for graduates to consider; the Daniel Mukenye scholarship Award given to an outstanding scholar who is passionate about wildlife and conservation and/or an Internship Program at one of the Elewana properties.

In our previous newsletters, we focused on Dancun Mugambi who is this year’s beneficiary of the Daniel Mukenye Scholarship. Today, we highlight the success of Joel Lepuyapui, who began his internship at Elewana Elsa’s Kopje, Meru.                                                 

Joel Lepuyapui is 21 years old and is the first born in a family of five siblings. He joined the program in 2015 after receiving the WWP scholarship award. Over the years he has shown a great deal of enthusiasm for all aspects of conservation. It’s been just under a month since he got offered the internship at Elewana Elsa’s Kopje and he is keen on seizing this amazing opportunity to springboard his career in Tourism with a passion for conservation. The experience will expose him to the dynamics within the industry with which he will acquire tangible skills that will be a boost in his career aspiration. Ultimately, he would like to further his conservation career by joining the Kenya Wildlife Service.