DARE is run by Emma and Kitonga. They are ably assisted by a small team of Kenyan volunteers and supported by ‘Friends Who DARE’, people we just couldn’t do without. If you would like to become a Daring Friend please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.
Before setting up DARE Emma was an Edinburgh based entrepreneur with an online marketing company. For many years she spent her free time volunteering for community and conservation projects in Scotland and, though she didn’t know it then, this provided an important background for the future creation of the DARE.
Emma first came to Kenya to do research for her MSc in Environment and Development with Edinburgh University. It was through her research that she met Kitonga and they discovered a mutual passion for northern Kenya and the issues that affect the lives of people living there.
Emma and Kitonga are now married and live together with their family in northern Kenya.
Emma is responsible for most of the photography on this site. You can see more of her work here….
You can also follow Emma on Twitter Follow @rememberthegoat
Kitonga was born in a mud hut in the remote northern Kenyan bush and he grew up in an entirely traditional Maasai community. Determination, hard work and irrepressible enthusiasm took him from being a traditional Maasai warrior, herding cattle in the bush, to becoming the manager of Il‘Ngwesi Lodge, the first and most successful community run lodge in Kenya. Kitonga established the Ramiti le Maa Group which helps members of the northern Maasai community to set up business and development projects. He also volunteers his time and experience to several other local enterprise, development and conservation initiatives.
Kitonga is a wildlife safari guide specializing in walking safaris. He also organizes and leads trips throughout northern Kenya helping individuals and organizations access remote communities and get to the hard to reach parts of the north.
As a Maasai and a pastoralist, with an intimate knowledge of the region and its people, Kitonga’s role within DARE is invaluable; helping DARE to gain a better understanding of the environment and communities we work with. More than any of us he really understands what it takes for local communities to shape their own future and how the benefits can change lives. He understands this because he has lived it himself.