No matter where in the world you live you can do something to help save endangered species in Africa.
“If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem” -Charles Rosner
Volunteers find us in so many different ways. Danielle read about us on Volunteer Match and offered her writing expertise to help us with our mission, which is to do our small part to protect now and educate for the future, so that Africa’s wildlife is preserved for yet another generation.
Enjoy her story… you may be inspired to become part of the solution.
Why I want to save wildlife…
Unlike guest bloggers featured in the past, I’m not physically involved in the mission to save African wildlife. I have never even visited the continent. I work a normal 9-5 job in small town, USA. Like most people, at this point in my life I don’t have the education, experience or resources to hop on a plane and physically volunteer, but I have a passion for animals and want to help in the small ways that I can.
I can’t give a specific instance or experience that pushed me to care so deeply. I feel that I was born with it. My grandfather often tells me about the first time he took me fishing. Apparently I loved going outside, so I was very excited. After he got our chairs situated on the dock, he pulled out his container of worms and was about ready to bait the hook when I started crying. When he asked me what was wrong, between sobs I said, “You gonna hurt the erm.” This in English means, “You are going to hurt the worm.” My grandfather finishes the story by telling me that, of course he couldn’t bear to see me cry, so we went back to the barn to get dry fish food and we fed the fish for the rest of the afternoon.
I guess the saying “since before I can remember,” applies to me. So, since before I can remember I have had a heart for animals. I’ve donated hours of time at local animal shelters and have held fundraisers for global causes. I love being outdoors and watching the wildlife. There is something so serene, almost magical about watching nature. I can only imagine what it would be like to see those beautiful, impressive animals in the vast African savannas. It’s painful to realize that unless things change, they will soon disappear.
I like to remind myself daily of the quote by Charles Rosner, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”
In the past I’ve donated to wildlife organizations like WWF. As far as I know, that organization is wonderful, but the cost of marketing and administration debits a lot from donations. When I checked out the Nikela mission, I instantly wanted to help-100% of the proceeds help protect wildlife! It is a wonderful feeling knowing that I’ve finally found a non-profit organization where every donated penny is working directly for the cause.
Thanks Danielle. Yes, 100% of your donation goes to the project of your choice. How can we do that? Because we are solely operated by volunteers like Danielle. Even the founders, Margrit and Russ Harris, don’t get a dime, on the contrary they personally cover most of the operating expenses.