Children of Conservation is proud to provide hundreds of scholarships for the children of Africa's frontline conservation workers. In villages surrounding wildlife sanctuaries and remote areas of critical wildlife conservation, families struggle to afford the fees to send their children to school. We've provided ongoing scholarships to the children of conservation workers to attend the best schools in Kenya, Cameroon, South Africa and Uganda since 2009, allowing our recipients to attend elementary, high school and even university. These young people will go on to be leaders in their communities and will advocate for conservation for the rest of their lives.
In 2017 we opened a middle school in Zambia. The school is designed to benefit the community around Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage. More than 180 children attend this government-accredited school every day. They can sit their national exams there, allowing them to move up to the next grade and continue their education. This is something they previously had to travel prohibitively far to do. We also provide a school lunch with protein every day to boost their energy and help them to concentrate on their education. This school lunch program costs $53 per year, per child.
Children of Conservation collaborates with our partner sanctuaries to establish innovative programs designed to encourage the protection of wildlife habitats across Africa. In Kenya, we work with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to end elephant poaching in neighboring villages to their sanctuary. In Uganda we work with conservation groups to protect the rainforest habitat of chimpanzees. We endeavor to use unique problem solving methods specifically tailored to tackle poaching and threats to the habitat of animals in each area we work in.