"Ultimately conservation is about people. If you don’t have sustainable development around wildlife
parks – then the people will have no interest in them and the parks will not survive." NELSON MANDELA
AfriCat UK is a registered charity whose vision statement is "Conservation, Environmental Education, Research and Community Enhancement". We predominantly support and raise awareness of the AfriCat Foundation (a registered Namibian not for profit organisation).
AfriCat Foundation HQ is based at Okonjima www.okonjima.com, a private, 200km² nature reserve, 50 kilometers south of Otjiwarongo in central Namibia, and the AfriCat North base borders, western Etosha National Park. The AfriCat Foundation was founded in the early 90's and formally registered as a non-profit organisation in August 1993.
AfriCat has since grown significantly and what started out primarily as a welfare organisation has over the years identified the need to include a focus on child and adult education and research as being essential to accomplishing our mission - the long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores and the enhancement of the surrounding communities.
As could be expected people attending the performance of An Audience with Chris Packham came away inspired and entertained. The evenings included discussion on Chris’s book ‘Fingers in the Sparkle Jar’ with the second half being a question and answer session from the floor. Over the three nights topics ranged from Chris’s favourite animal (his dog Scratchy); to where to go bird watching (your local patch) to how to prevent illegal persecution of birds in the UK, Malta and Cyprus and other conservation concerns for example the impact of leaving the EU. Chris' message was clear if you care about the environment then using legal methods and the power of social media make a difference by letting politicians and decisions makers and others aware of your views.
AfriCat Uk was delighted to be able to meet so many people during the evenings. It was lovely to hear account of visits from those who had been to Okonjima the home of the Africat Foundation. As well as selling our goods to raise funds and explaining AfriCat’s work we promoted the Walk 4 Wildlife encouraging people to take part particularly with the schools walk on the 19th May 2017
See below for more details:
Then why not do one of the Walks 4 Wildlife and raise funds for AfriCat and/or another wildlife charity?
Walks 4 Wildlife brings together like-minded people, people with a respect for animals and a determination to go the extra mile to help protect our planet's amazing wildlife.
Are you able to support the Schools Walk 4 Wildlife on Friday May 19th?
Schoolchildren from all over the UK will be attempting to set a new Guinness™ World Record by taking part in the largest sponsored walk ever held anywhere in the world, organised by Walks 4 Wildlife. Details, registrations forms and information for schools can be found at Schools Walk 4 Wildlife or call them on 0800 020 9348 Click here for an information sheet to take into school.
Alternatively you can join in on five unique sponsored walks around the UK, all raising money to help protect our planet's wildlife. These walks are at:
The Sussex South Downs: Sun 25th June
Snowdonia National Park: Sun 16th July
Yorkshire 3-Peaks: Sat 26th - Sun 27th Aug
London's Richmond Park & Wimbledon Common: Sun 10th Sept
New Forest, Hampshire: Sat/Sun 28th/29th Oct
AfriCat plan to use the funds raised from the school walk to help with the Onguta school where AfriCat wants to build brick classrooms to replace old tatty army tents.
If you would like your hard earned fundraising to go to a particular project or activity just let us know and we will use the funds that way with pleasure.
Could you help us spread the word by sharing the link to the Schools Walk on social media: Schools Walk 4 Wildlife and use the Twitter & Facebook handles: @Walk4Wildlife @africat_namibia
If you decide to take part for AfriCat please let us know and we can discuss how we can help you with your fundraising.
AfriCat UK Team
Email email@example.com or ring 0118 935 1681
When AfriCat UK took a call from Village Vet last year we were delighted to start building a partnership to promote the work of the AfriCat in Namibia. Happily for AfriCat Brendan Village Vet’s MD went on holiday to Namibia with his family and stayed at Okonjima, the home of the AfriCat Foundation, during the annual animal health checks. His experience working with the AfriCat Namibian team seeing firsthand the research, care and treatment of the cats motivated him to offer AfriCat the opportunity to become a charitable partner linked with the cat hospital facility of Village Vet.
AfriCat's newest project is to try and secure the funds to buy and equip a new mobile vet clinic. This will support the work of AfriCat in Namibia helping work in the bush when collaring lions or other animals and enabling improved support to be offered to communal farmers when their animals are injured by predators or become entangled with man-made hazards like snares.
Village Vet has a number of practices in London and the Home Counties check them out www.villagevet.co.uk
Update February 2017
AfriCat North has received a very generous donation from Holland which is about 25% of the cost of phase 1. AfriCat Uk’s adopt a brick stands at 4% of the total, project money we have received from recent fundraising events will boost the total to around 50% of the need so we are making progress.
What could you do?
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/africatadoptabrick and help this drought affected community to build their lives.
Location: Onguta Village, Ehirovipuka Conservancy, Kunene Region, north-west Namibia.
The Onguta Primary School, in the Ehirovipuka Conservancy, comprises of two tents as classrooms, (the third blew away in a recent gale) sand floors and a metal trunk for storage; extreme heat and dust makes for less than ideal learning conditions! Yet, the three teachers and community are dedicated and keen to educate their children as best they can. One teacher is trying to build a temporary structure in which to teach next term. The traditional leader is a conservationist, and an exemplary leader. His aim is to offer schooling to 150 primary aged children. He is committed to the AfriCat Livestock Protection Programme (LPP) and is instrumental in minimising the persecution of large carnivores in his area of jurisdiction.
The current school.
Tammy with Carey Widdows AfriCat UK Director and Trustee and teacher Miss Herunga discussing the situation.
The community has pledged to make bricks, they have located a site and started to clear the ground. They helped to dig the trench, across rough rocky sandy dusty ground, for the water pipes to a water tank donated by AfriCat. A Namibian Architect, who designs eco-friendly projects, has been approached to design the school in its entirety; local builders will be sourced to take on this project, under AfriCat’s supervision. Volunteer opportunities to help with the construction are being explored. A school playground was built by AfriCat in April 2015, materials donated by farmers and businesses (old tyres and metal poles), the painting and hard labour undertaken by 18 students of the Private School in Swakopmund.
AfriCat wants to support this pro-active community by developing a formal school. This work forms a part of AfriCat‘s Communal Carnivore Conservation Programme and Community Support Programme. We are very keen to create a better learning environment to help the children and adults in the community improve their education and thereby enhance their future prosperity in a sustainable way. AfriCat is committed to empowering farming communities in carnivore-conflict zones, to better manage and protect their livestock, to mitigate conflict and reduce carnivore persecution and has helped communal farming communities since 1997.
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