Creating a Lasting Legacy for Our Planet: 2018 Year-End Appeal
November 11, 2018
A herd of locally-endangered fringe-eared oryx grazes in northern Tanzania. (Photo: African People & Wildlife/Kenneth K. Coe)
In the midst of so much negative news about the state of our planet, it can sometimes be difficult to see that there is real, meaningful progress being made by dedicated people across the globe. Thanks to the commitment of our growing community, I’m pleased to share that exciting, positive transformations continue to take place in northern Tanzania. The following examples are just a few of the important strides that African People & Wildlife (APW) has made toward a world in balance this year:
In the northern Tanzanian village of Loibor Siret, Nasinyari Damasi is sending her children to school, providing them with medical care, and protecting the natural world around her. And she’s not alone. Nearly 1,200 other women (and counting) are joining her on the road to self-empowerment through our Women’s Beekeeping Initiative. Watch Nasinari's story >
As a direct result of our human-wildlife conflict prevention programs, endangered lion populations are showing signs of recovery in the Tarangire ecosystem. We are building on this momentum through new, strategic partnerships to help ensure that lions like Alarikoni (above) and his offspring continue to thrive. Read about our lion recovery success >
Ramadhani Juma and Raphael Abraham, former Noloholo Environmental Scholars, are pursuing advanced university degrees. Three other former scholars are also enrolled in higher education, and we are propelling 55 secondary school students toward their dreams as future leaders through full-ride scholarships. Meet Ramadhani and his family >
Inspired and emboldened by success stories like these, we are committed to scaling our efforts across northern Tanzania while sharing our highly effective conservation model with new partners. As we aim to quadruple our reach over the next 10 years, we’re counting on global citizens like you who share our commitment to creating a sustainable future for all.
Will you support our efforts in 2019 by making a gift today? By doing so, you will allow us to build toward our expansion goals over the next year in the following ways:
- Install 150 more Living Walls in partnership with communities in need, helping us to save even more lions and other big cats
- Pilot a new tracking system to help our Warriors for Wildlife prevent conflict between lions and livestock at pasture
- Grow our educational initiatives by sending more youth to secondary school as Noloholo Environmental Scholars and establishing a Women in Conservation internship for Tanzanian professionals
- Distribute our wildlife-friendly honey brand, Mama Asali, to Tanzanian food markets and safari lodges
- Mobilize additional Community Rangeland Monitors to work in concert with their fellow community members to manage grasslands within critical wildlife corridors
- Share our model and increase global awareness of our conservation philosophy and approach to new parts of Africa and beyond
Members of the Warriors for Wildlife team—who have saved the lives of seven big cats so far this year—collect and disseminate data on human-wildlife conflict. (Photo: African People & Wildlife/Felipe Rodriguez)
It is your support that makes our success possible. Highlights of our impact so far in 2018 include:
- 217 community members were trained in rangeland management, bringing our total number trained to 598 since 2011.
- 25 women's groups joined our Women’s Beekeeping Initiative, bringing the total number of groups to 77.
- 9 exceptional students exceptional students received full-ride scholarships to secondary school, bringing our lifetime number of scholars to 57.
- 88+ Living Walls were installed across our conservation landscapes, bringing our total to 978 and counting.
- 7 Warriors for Wildlife were added to the team, bringing the total number of Warriors to 52.
- 7 communities across six landscapes were added to our programmatic reach, bringing our total number of community partners to 35.
Cheetahs rest in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where African People & Wildlife currently partners with several communities to preserve habitat . (Photo: African People & Wildlife/Laly Lichtenfeld)
When considering the impact of your gift, please remember:
- We don’t just talk about change, we act and evaluate.
- Our community partners are invested in our mutual success.
- Over 97% of our team are Tanzanian citizens.
- Over 96% of all donations go directly to our conservation programs on the ground.
- 100% of your gift can be allocated to your chosen program or activity.
For 13 years, our community-driven conservation model has empowered and uplifted thousands of rural Africans while conserving critical wildlife species and habitats. With your support, we will keep fighting to ensure that Africa’s people, wildlife, and landscapes endure for generations to come.
On behalf of everyone at African People & Wildlife, I thank you in advance for your global stewardship and for your generous support.
Laly Lichtenfeld, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer