Donations, projects, volunteers helping people saving wildlife looking back at 2014 ahead at 2015.
2014 a Very Different Year
With ever the goal of helping people saving wildlife, 2014 was no different… yet very different than the four before.
Russ and I (Margrit) finally had to admit that saving the world by raising millions was not our forteit. However, sharing stories, creating volunteer opportunities, and providing a vehicle for direct giving for the small donor is.
“I had no idea this was going on!” – Mubeen, blog comment
This past year we met with over 40 wildlife conservationists, advocates, vets and activists as we were privileged to spend more than half the year in Africa.
These folk are for the most part not well known but are ordinary folk making a difference for wildlife in their world. They do marvelous work. Many of them struggle, many of them feel isolated, many of them simply need to know that their contribution matters.
Sadly Brian Sandberg and Terry Bengis both passed away. Although their views regarding the rhino horn trade issue varied from ours they each made valuable contributions to the protection of the rhino.
“It’s fun to be included in a great project” – Heather, volunteer comment
Some volunteer for Nikela to give back, some to gain experience, some don’t have money but do have time, and and still others do so for intern or service hours. What ever the motivation or reason, Nikela as a nonprofit totally reliant on volunteers appreciates all these folk.
This summer (in the US) a wonderful cad ray of volunteers expanded our African Wildlife Species information section on the website.
Other volunteers have written articles for the blog like Colleen who contributed monthly for over a year to our Meatless Monday Recipe series.
During 2014 three complimentary ebooks were added to our online library thanks to our volunteers.
“Small organization get direct results” – Frank, donor
Many of us can only afford to make small financial contributions, so knowing that 100% of our gift actually goes towards helping wildlife is important.
When Linda Parks spotted a photo of four young men posing with a lion cub in Spain her investigation led to the rescuing of not one, but two lion cubs from the exploitive wild cat petting industry. Nikela offered a matching challenge and made a contribution to the transportation costs to bring the two cubs to South Africa to a forever home.
Connecting with Lynn Johnson with Breaking the Brand led to the assistance with awareness and fund raising to launch a second advertising campaigns targeting Vietnamese businessmen to reduce the demand for rhino horn.
When Silke reached out for assistance as she had the marvelous opportunity to release not one but two vervet troops back-to-back we once again offered a matching challenge which helped raise some funds to assist.
Not too shabby of a year, thanks to everyone.
Camera traps to save leopards, thermal imaging cameras to stop rhino poachers, an enclosure for a rescued Bearded Vulture and other ways your donations have helped.
Being Selective in 2015
You probably remember the story of the old lady, her grandson and the starfish on the beach. In case you don’t here’s a link to our version.
Anyway, as Russ and I realized that we can’t save the world, but that we can make a difference in our world… Like helping people saving wildlife by sharing their stories and raising some funds for a very specific wildlife need.
So here’s the plan for 2015 and your help is most welcome.
Join the fun (okay, sometimes situations are frustrating and tragic) either way, get to know the people who give their lives to save and protect Africa’s wildlife.
When you comment and share their stories you help them, you help save wildlife. There’s a man in Vietnam who no longer buys rhino horn since he learned that it might be poisoned. There are hundreds of people who no longer use plastic bags at the grocery store because they know they kill sea turtles.
Give a little…
Throughout the year we will be picking targeted campaigns (like the lion cub rescue and monkey release) where you’ll again get a chance to double your contribution via our matching gift challenge. Your $10 will become $20 for example. What these campaigns will be we don’t know yet. We will wait and see what pressing needs present themselves. Also, if you know of a person saving wildlife in Africa who may need our help, please let us know.
Helping is easy…
100% of your gift goes to save wildlife.