Creating a World in Balance: 2019 Annual Fund
November 7, 2019
Young elephants forage in northern Tanzania. (Photo: African People & Wildlife/Laly Lichtenfeld)
When I look out over the wild landscape of northern Tanzania from our field-based headquarters, I witness an intricate system of people and wildlife, all coexisting in ways both seen and unseen. Our Earth is a delicate balancing act, and current trends are pulling us in an increasingly unsustainable direction. It’s up to each of us to counter that pull by taking meaningful actions that support effective and lasting conservation outcomes.
To survive and thrive in today’s changing world, Africa’s people and wildlife need our help now more than ever. As we work to amplify our impact and expand our footprint, we’re counting on global citizens like you who share our commitment to creating a sustainable future for all.
I hope you will accept my personal invitation to support our efforts in 2020 by making a gift today. By doing so, you will help us to benefit even more human lives, vulnerable wildlife species, and the wild landscapes they share. I invite you to read on to learn about some of the many ways your support can create real change.
Our programs improve environmental and social conditions for thousands of people each year. Some of the milestones we have achieved so far in 2019 include:
- 95 Living Walls (and counting) constructed across five conservation landscapes, bringing greater peace and prosperity to rural families while adding trees to the environment.
- 389 community members trained in sustainable rangeland management, leading to healthier grasslands and greater climate change resilience.
- 3,900 kilograms of crude honey harvested by our Women’s Beekeeping Initiative, generating critical income for rural families.
- 1,000+ rural students received conservation education through environmental summer camps, wildlife clubs, and scholarship programs.
Our work impacts one of the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspots. We have accomplished many wins so far in 2019, including:
- 9 retaliation attempts against large carnivores prevented by our Warriors for Wildlife team.
- 325 incidences of human-wildlife conflict responded to by our Warriors for Wildlife team.
- 585,639 acres added to our Sustainable Rangelands Initiative, leading to healthier and more connected habitats.
- 914,289 acres of shared land between people and wildlife patrolled by community game scouts.
Whether your interest lies with empowering women, educating and inspiring youth, preserving wildlife and landscapes, or helping to grow and strengthen our internal systems, I assure you that your critical contribution will be used wisely and efficiently.
As we prepare for our 15th anniversary in 2020, we plan to amplify our impact and broaden our footprint in many ways.
- Strengthen data analysis and reporting systems through streamlined apps and tools via ArcGIS Solutions for Protected Area Management.
- Enhance the capacity of government officials and protected area management staff to better engage communities.
- Expand our key initiatives in the field as we progress toward the goal of quadrupling our programmatic reach over the next decade.
- Create a shift in African conservation through the publication and implementation of Community, Conservation, and Collaboration: A Framework for Success in partnership with National Geographic.
This is a pivotal moment for our planet, and we have the collective power to create a lasting legacy. On behalf of our entire team at African People & Wildlife, I thank you in advance for your global stewardship and for your generous support.
Six reasons to support our work
Six reasons to support our work
We don’t just talk about change, we act.
We set aggressive, measurable benchmarks and evaluate our progress regularly.