Supporting Africa's Wildlife Workers
They take care of our earth's most endangered animals. We believe we have a responsibility to take care of them.
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.
We are currently planning a pilot conservation community in Myende, Uganda. We will transform a community with no amenities by creating a sustainable environment with a school and health center, meeting all 17 of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
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 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 classes. This school lunch program costs $53 per year, per child.
Anti-Poaching and Habitat Protection
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 Uganda Wildlife Authority to assist volunteer conservation patrols on the borders of their national parks. We also partner with UWA for a fund to support the families of fallen wildlife rangers, killed in the line of duty protecting endangered animals. 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.