Since 2009 we have been providing scholarships to the children of conservation and wildlife protection workers. Many of these workers are based at PASA-accredited sanctuaries. We've given 900 children the chance to go to school in that time and many have gone on to graduate from university. We continue to expand this program every year and currently support children of workers at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, Ngamba Island in Uganda, Ape Action Africa and Limbe Wildlife Center in Cameroon and Chimp Eden in South Africa. We also have a school lunch program at a school we built in Zambia for the children of workers at Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage.
We are currently working on Myende Conservation Community in Uganda. This community will feature a school, vocational skills center and hospital, designed with sustainability and the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in mind. This community will be a model for future communities in Africa and will benefit hundreds of people living in a remote fishing community in Uganda. They are the nearest neighbor of the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary and a community farm in Myende will provide food for the chimps and people on Ngamba.
FALLEN HEROES WILDLIFE FUND
This collaboration between Children of Conservation and the Uganda Wildlife Authority, provides support to the families of rangers killed in the line of duty. The rangers of the UWA risk their lives every day for the world's most endangered and threatened animals. If something happens to them, we make sure their family receives support and will sponsor their children's education.
ANTI-POACHING INITIATIVES - KENYA AND UGANDA
In Kenya, we partner with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to negotiate contracts with villages around the outskirts of Tsavo East and West National Parks. These contracts are a deal between Children of Conservation and communities that would poach elephants. In exchange for scholarships for their brightest kids to attend national boarding school, they commit to cease all elephant hunting. This program has successfully operated in Kenya for four years.
In Uganda, we support Community Wildlife Scouts on the edges of Kidepo National Park. They ensure that even when the elephants stray outside the protected area of the national park, poachers who kill them for ivory are deterred, caught and prosecuted. However, they have no uniforms, boots, meals or other tech items that would make their job more achievable.
KEEPERS FOR KEEPERS
We facilitate long term relationships between African conservation workers in sanctuaries and their counterparts in the US and Europe. We ask that the US or European wildlife worker or zoo or sanctuary keeper donates a small amount every month to assist their African colleagues with basic necessities not normally afforded on their modest salaries, ie, food, medicine, clothing.