Wildlife poaching is especially intense in and around Game Reserves. In southern Uganda Moses runs reformed poacher groups. He literally convinces poachers to trade their spears for shovels and provide alternative livelihoods.
These livelihoods are of course threatened by the Coronoavirus Pandemic. Like many other countries Uganda is under lock down. People are required to stay home with very little movement allowed to tend to gardens or sell their vegetables.
Moses tells us, “Most jobs are cut off. No money available. People allowed only to travel to nearby garden. Food at the market has become very expensive.” In the Western world many of us have stockpiled food items and other necessities. Where Moses lives people live from day to day, so they have no food storage. Moses is concerned that in his area more may die of hunger than Covid-19.
Nikela steps in to help
This past week we sent Moses $100 to purchase much needed food for his reformed poacher groups. However, as you can imagine much more is needed. With your help additional funds can be provided regularly during this Pandemic crisis.
Currently Moses has 47 reformed poachers. Because they no longer kill wildlife over a dozen pangolin (the most endangered mammal on the planet), hippos, monkeys, all sorts of antelope and birds have been saved.
However, due to the lack of money and food these farmers (former poachers) will have no recourse but to return to their former killing trade to feed their families.
Please help Moses continue to stop the poaching
We met Moses and a few of his reformed poachers several years ago. Our plans to travel up to Uganda again in a few months have of course been thwarted by Covid-19. However, Moses shares photos regularly of this reformed poacher groups at work.
A glimpse into the lives of Moses’ reformed poachers