When every day seems more uncertain than the one before finding gratitude is probably the last thing on our minds.
It’s been four months now since we were supposed to be back in Africa. Back on the road to visit our Wildlife Heroes. Back on the road in our old Land Rover living outdoors enjoying the wild (and not so wild) areas of Southern and Eastern Africa that we love.
One solace is that we’re not alone in this. You, like us have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Like you, we’ve had loved ones get sick with this frightening disease. You may even have lost someone you care about. My heart goes out to you.
So what’s this about finding gratitude during such times?
Well, for one, there’s the old saying, “It’s better to laugh than to cry.” But seriously, there is much to be thankful for when I stop to think about it.
ONE: Giving despite the challenges
Despite personal challenges most of our monthly donors continue to give. Despite the challenging times many new donors look beyond their immediate cares and give to others struggling even more. For this, for those, we are truly grateful.
TWO: Continuing despite the hardships
Despite the hardships created by travel restrictions and loss of money flow our Wildlife Heroes do not give up.
Moses in Uganda said at the start of this pandemic, “COVID-19 won’t kill us, but hunger will.” Moses feels highly responsible for 40 families! Over the past five years he has encouraged wildlife poachers to turn in their spears for shovels. He has taught them farming, beekeeping and fish farming. During the pandemic money and food are scarce. But, Moses ever the risk taker gathered his group of reformed poachers and they started dredging their old fish ponds. With dreams of a fish house (for food and a guard) and two ponds full of fish flies (fishlings) he simply started digging and asking. Moses never hesitates to ask for help. Over the past month or so we’ve assisted with building the fish house and transporting 2,000 tiny fish. As you can imagine this is an ongoing project, constantly in need of funds for fish food, maintenance and the fish guard. Care to be part of this life sustaining project?
Silke was desperate to keep her rescue and rehabilitation center running. After paying volunteers and cottage guests evaporated so did the center’s cash flow. But as always Silke got creative. Find every rescued monkey in rehab a Guardian Angel. Nikela now sponsors 13 thanks to folk like you. While the pandemic rages on it’s baby monkey time. With that more orphaned baby monkeys are arriving at the rescue rehab center. Each is in need of a Guardian Angel. Care to sponsor a baby monkey?
Moses in Tanzania keeps working his plan. This young Wildlife Hero has a dream and it became reality. Now, despite the Coronavirus he keeps on mitigating human wildlife conflict. His work is protecting elephants, saving farmers and providing honey. All this with beehives. However, there is one huge hitch. The cost of making these beehives and the maintenance is getting increasingly more expensive. Currently 36 more beehives are needed to keep the elephants out of the farm fields before this next planting season. Care to have your company sponsor a beehive?
Peter keeps his drones flying. Did you know where drones fly rhino don’t die? With fewer people in the game reserves due to travel restrictions anti-poaching rangers are needed more than ever. Peter maximizes the efforts of his team with the use of drones. Like all machines they need maintenance and the rangers’ vehicles need fuel to cover the many kilometers necessary to keep track of the rhino they protect. Full moon is the worst time of the month. However, Peter just reported another successful, no-kill, cycle. That’s six in a row! Can you imagine the nerves of steel needed do this kind of work? Peter shares what it’s like being a wildlife ranger in these two free ebooks. “Wildlife Ranger: A Journey of Courage and Conviction” and “The Modern Wildlife Ranger: More Skilled Warrior than Quiet Conservationist.”
THREE: Hope for a brighter future
When things are mighty grim it can only get better right? Well, we’ve all gotten through tough times before. If we simply hope on, and do what we can to make things a bit better for others… life can still be good.
Finding gratitude in what we have, might just be the key to getting us through these tough times. That, and acting on our inclination to reach out and help others.