AFRICAT - WHAT YOU CAN DO
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Many companies wish to support charities or charitable projects as part of their and their employees' strategy to produce an overall positive impact on society. We would be grateful and delighted to have discussions with any company wanting to consider this with AfriCat.
The AfriCat Foundation and Africat UK is dependent on support to maintain our various programs.
Truly great projects need great sponsorship!
Here are some of ours that we need help to fund.
1. SPONSOR A LION GUARD
The Lion Guards are dedicated members of their own communities and are held in much respect. Farmers in their own right, they have a comprehensive understanding of the pressures and challenges that their counterparts face, striving to make a living in the wilderness. They also uniquely understand the importance which traditional farmers place on their livestock.
Lion Guards play a pivotal, community-based, role in protecting lion and mitigating lion-farmer conflict on communal farmland. They dedicate themselves to providing guidance, assistance and advice to community members regarding livestock management & protection, encouraging greater tolerance of wildlife and the adoption of conservation education initiatives.
Lion Guards monitor and report on lion whereabouts and incidents, encourage and guide communal farmers in adoption of the Livestock Protection Programme, identify priority villages for kraal-building, patrol and repair fences with the Ministry of Environment & Tourism staff, as well as monitor and report poaching and other illegal activities.
In order to expand the scope of its work along the Western Etosha border, to protect persecuted lion populations and encourage further changes in livestock management in North-West Namibia, AfriCat are keen to employ at least 5 more Lion Guards.
This is where YOU can help!!! HELP US to protect the Namibian Lion by supporting the farming communities through the Lion Guard Programme.
This is practical, front-line, community support work, which has proven success in protecting both farming livelihoods and the wild lion population, within their natural environment!
This is at the core of AfriCat’s ambitions . . . to MAKE A DIFFERENCE, TO PROTECT AND CONSERVE, BOTH HUMAN AND WILDLIFE POPULATIONS AS THEY SURVIVE AND THRIVE TOGETHER, SHARING THE SAME NATURAL ENVIRONMENT . . . .
2. BUILD A STOCK_KRAAL / BOMA
The Livestock Protection Programme is central to AfriCat’s support of farming communities in north-west Namibia.
The LLP, entered into upon the signing of an agreement between community and AfriCat, encourages farmers to adopt innovative and arid-adaptive livestock-management and farming techniques, most importantly to improve on livestock protection methods. The agreement is founded on an understanding that AfriCat will practically support farmers with livestock protection; the farmers, in return, undertake to cooperate with AfriCat in relaying information about lion movements and commit to the non-persecution of carnivores.
LLP primarily involves the erection of strong nocturnal Kraals (“bomas”), the upgrade of existing ones, and the reinstatement of herdsmen. AfriCat Kraals may be fixed or mobile and are built in a central location chosen by the community, in close proximity to a water source, in order for all community members to have access to them.
Kraals are key to keeping livestock safe during peak carnivore hunting time, so AfriCat actively inspect and maintain Kraals to ensure that they are predator proof, and they do their job!
To date, the LPP has been adopted by #Khoa di //Hoas, Ehi-Rovipuka and Omatendeka Conservancies, while the Anabeb and Orupupa Conservancies are in the process of signing up. Regular meetings and workshops within each Conservancy have evolved, and real potential for change, in both attitude and practice, of community members is evident . . .
3. SUPPORT A COMMUNITY SCHOOL CALLED ONGUTA
The AfriCat CCCP is dedicated to empowering communal farming communities in carnivore-conflict zones to better manage and protect their livestock, ultimately mitigating conflict and reducing large carnivore persecution.
Through Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation and Environmental Education programmes, AfriCat has contributed to uplifting communal farming communities since 1997.
Needs are identified and thanks to dedicated donors and sponsors, 20 plus nocturnal kraals have been built to date, a larger number upgraded as well as improvements to rural schools in the !Khoa di //Hoas and Ehirovipuka Conservancies.
One such school in the Ehirovipuka Conservancy, the Onguta Primary School, which offers a pre-school class (ages 5-6 yrs.), and grades 1-3 to approximately 50 – 60 students, comprises three tents as classrooms, sand floors and a metal trunk for storage; extreme heat and dust makes for a less than ideal learning environment.