Rangers in Training with PAMS Foundation
"Hilo jeshi mambo ya upendo yako sawa-sawa!!"... The sound of melodious voices and stomping feet drift through the Rift Valley air. Rangers in training - the first step of establishing Darakuta as a Game Ranch has been set in motion, with the help of PAMS Foundation. It all began when we met with Wayne Lotter from PAMS Foundation on a sunny afternoon in Arusha. We had approached the Game Office in Babati about establishing Darakuta as a game ranch, and they recommended that we contact PAMS Foundation about training a team of rangers. We quickly realised that Darakuta and PAMS Foundation had many overlapping interests. What started out some big ideas has begun to take form, and training began about a month ago! Thirty candidates were selected, 10 by Darakuta from the surrounding communities, and 20 by PAMS from all over Tanzania. The candidates worked through a rigorous training program led by PAMS Foundation's instructors, on the newly established PAMS training base located at Darakuta HQ. All 10 of Darakuta's and 18 of PAMS Foundation's candidates completed the training successfully. The Darakuta Rangers are not quite done yet though! After an initial period of patrolling on the ground at Darakuta under the guidance of one PAMS Foundation's instructors, a few of the rangers will be selected to attend the second level training in Sekamaganga.