Recipients of Children of Conservation scholarships have gone on to achieve great things. Click on a name tab to reach each story.
This is Betty. She lives in a village bordering Tsavo National Park in Kenya.
Her village is so supportive of her schooling that they agreed to stop poaching elephants so she could go to school.
Betty attends Butere Girls' High School in Kenya. For the past three years, Children of Conservation has paid for her tuition, books, uniforms, and transport. We support Betty and five other students through our Tsavo Anti-Poaching Exchange program. In previous years, her village was responsible for elephant poaching in the region. They needed to do this to bring income to their community and to provide an education for their young people. However, Children of Conservation, in partnership with David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, has negotiated an agreement with her village leaders to cease hunting of elephants in exchange for Betty's scholarship.
This village, along with two others bordering Tsavo, has not killed an elephant for three years thanks to this program.
Betty sends us a letter once a year to tell us how she is getting on at school. You can see one of her letters below. In it she says:
"I trust that I am going to achieve my childhood dreams of conserving wildlife and the environment at large. I believe that with this education I shall have knowledge and courage to enlighten others on the importance of wildlife conservation."