“I want to help save wildlife, but…”
About once a month I get an email vibrating with enthusiasm. Another individual anxious to get involved, but…
Not sure how, not sure who and not sure where.
When you think of a way to help save wildlife what comes to mind first?
For most of us making a donation jumps out. But frequently right behind that comes the, BUT…
How do I find a reputable wildlife conservation organization in Africa?
Who can I trust to make the best use of my donation?
Where do I begin to look?
And before we know it we’ve talked ourselves right out of clicking that donate button. We move on, rationalizing that someone else will take care of it.
The reality is, you and I need to step up to help save wildlife!
The reality is elephants, lions, rhino, pangolin and most every other wildlife species are in trouble. And yes, there are large organizations out there helping. Some do marvelous work. Some cause as many problems as they’re trying to solve.
What if there was a better way to help save wildlife?
Maybe Moses in Uganda has hit on something that really works. Something that will really have staying power. Something that will impact people as much as wildlife.
Grassroots solutions tend to have the best results.
In our travels we’ve seen empty trout ponds, skinny goats and deserted shops. Westerners came in with good intentions, ideas and money. Sadly, when the funds ended so did the projects. The change wasn’t sustainable? Or maybe it wasn’t really wanted in the first place? Worse yet, the goats (who aren’t used for meat) multiplied and now everything green has become a moonscape.
Solutions that address a problem’s core issues have a better success rate.
Collecting DNA samples from rhino so that a rhino horn in Asia can be traced back to Africa may be well and good. But, we still have a dead rhino! To stop the poaching before it happens is much better. However, to go one step further and provide poachers with alternative livelihoods, now that’s best.
Moses may have a better way to help save wildlife
Moses has been working with villagers in his part of Uganda for a few years now. He convinces poachers to trade in their spears for shovels. These reformed poachers are taught how to grow vegetables, become beekeepers and even Tilapia fish farmers. Moses is just an ordinary villager himself, so he reaches out for help from those of us with more means.
We visited Moses in early 2017. He walked us all around his projects. We sat down with a group of reformed poachers to hear their stories. We learned firsthand how limited the money earning options are for these villagers. It’s easy to see how they are lured into the brutal world of poaching.
However, there is a better way. A way to help save wildlife and people.
Moses has been doing this for a while now. He has figured out that for as little as $3 a day he can provide reformed poachers with livelihood alternatives.
It’s remarkable how much good so little cash can do
To keep a villager from poaching elephant, pangolin and other wildlife in the area it takes very little. Moses is helping them grow vegetables, keep bees, and farm Tilapia fish. Not only is this feeding their families, but many others in the immediate vicinity. The concept is spreading. Your help will make a big difference.
Consider getting involved. Consider giving weekly or monthly, whichever is most comfortable for you.
$21 helps for 1 WEEK
$90 helps for 1 MONTH
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