Inspiring children to develop a positive attitude to these wild, rugged lands and a wish to protect their environment and wildlife for years to come is a vital step in sustainable conservation initiatives. Nholwasi Community Project provides a future for conservation in southern Africa and develops leaders inspired to care for their natural heritage and become the custodians of these fragile lands in the future.
Monitoring the movements and behaviours of species is essential in the management of a trans frontier conservation area, specifically natural migratory routes and territory movements. Funding for this research project is facilitated solely by volunteer funds. Having a volunteer presence in the area also actively discourages poaching which has led to a fantastic increase in population size of these notorious and last truly wild elephant herds in southern Africa.
The Nholwasi Community Project assists in providing a future for conservation in the Tuli block of Botswana, by providing local kids at disadvantaged rural schools in the area with a fun way to learn about conservation and develop an empathy for the wildlife and environment that surrounds them.
Working with the children from a number of local schools, you can help to enrich their environment, and in turn their lives, by providing vital resources through your placement contributions. You will also be directly involved in running educational workshops about the environment and conservation. It is a truly moving and possibly even life changing experience.
As a keen conservationist, we are sure you are aware that air travel releases gases that contribute to global warming, such as carbon dioxide. In fact, your flight will be the largest environmental impact of your placement. In line with our Responsible Travel Policy, we've teamed up with an organisation called Climate Care, to offset any damage your placement causes the environment. Climate Care funds sustainable energy and forest restoration projects that reduce carbon dioxide on your behalf, by the same amount as your share of the plane emits. We contribute over £22 per volunteer to Climate Care, which balances the carbon emissions from the flight, through Climate Care's energy saving projects, with no extra cost to you!
Our passion for the wildlife and communities of southern Africa drives us to support conservation and community intiatives that cannot be supported in terms of volunteering. A portion of the funds raised by your placement goes directly towards sponsoring communities and local conservation organisations in southern Africa. Here are some of the groups we support:
Harmony Flats Nature Reserve:
We sponsor the Harmony Flats Working Group who volunteer in Harmony Flats Nature Reserve, managed by the Biodiversity Branch within the City of Cape Town. We recently provided uniforms for the working group, who care for the reserve and protect and conserve its heritage.
Callies Football Team, Botswana:
Sponsoring Callies football team in Mathathane, Botswana. Hoping to install a sense of pride in the local community near Tuli Conservation Project we sponsored the team strip after several years of them having made a name for their team. Volunteers have at times enjoyed having a match against them!
Lumikisa School, South Africa:
We provided the funds for a local school in the Acorn-Hoek community of South Africa to install a jungle gym playground and ensure it met safety requirements. Lumikisa School was struggling with suitable outdoor space for the children, the school now has a vegetable garden and fun playground. Schools are often a refuge for many children with difficult home lives and we are proud to have been involved with Lumikisa.
Supported Conservation Projects, South Africa:
Supporting our projects when the numbers of volunteers they receive cannot fund them, is paramount to us to ensure the projects we support and the families and individuals that rely on them can continue.
- Our UK office recycles paper, ink cartridges, cardboard and glass. We carry out energy-saving practices such as turning off electrical equipment when not in use. All our staff are committed to protecting our environment and carry these practices through to their home life
- Where possible we use suppliers and printers who also have a strong environmental policy
- Projects recycle, save energy and minimize water usage wherever possible
- All our promotional material and other documentation and stationery is printed on recycled paper, or on paper from a certified sustainable source
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