Based between London in the UK and Lake Naivasha in Kenya brothers Sean and Ivan Ross are at the heart of this event. With years of experience promoting events in the UK and with deep roots in Kenya, they came up with the idea of a festival as the perfect means to celebrate on an international stage the richness of East African culture and music as well as promote the unity and beauty of Kenya, while helping local community projects.
A major part of the Rift Valley Festival ethos is the community work we have been involved with since the festival began in 2010. Our projects began with visiting local schools to plant trees with the children and at the same time offer education and insight into environmental awareness, hygiene and HIV.
These projects continue, but as the festival has grown so has the potential and reach of what we can achieve. In the last year alone we have connected with like- minded community pioneers such as “Imarisha Naivasha” to help establish Naivasha’s first composting and recycling village, Kwa- Muhia, that is the neighbor to the festival site. From this project we have produced a 25 min documentary that educates on the basics of waste management and the local environment that will be premiered at the festival and then distributed to schools, churches and community center’s around the lake, reaching thousands of people.
We also work with the local “Children’s Village” orphanage to give the kids fun filled days at Fisherman’s Camp. The emphasis on fun but combined with wildlife talks and environmental awareness
You will find our stand at the festival for more information.