Nikela is cutting back and narrowing our focus of helping people saving wildlife. Many changes going into 2022 are already being put in place.
It’s going on 12 years since we launched Nikela to do our small part to help people saving wildlife in Africa. Thanks so much for being part of the ride. It’s been a grand journey, but as we’re not getting any younger and as COVID has significantly decreased donations it’s time to make some uncomfortable changes.
By the end of 2021 we will wrap up all projects except Moses Ryakitimbo’s human wildlife conflict mitigation efforts. Since 2019 we have sponsored over 100 beehives to keep elephants out of farm fields. It’s been a great success. Elephants have been spared from harm, crops have been protected, and yummy honey has been harvested.
Starting in 2022 we will no longer actively fund raise. All incoming donations will go to support Moses and his ever growing and expanding Peacemaker Bee Project. We will continue to share stories and videos about Wildlife Heroes and direct readers and visitors directly to their website or Facebook page.
Over the years (thanks to so many wonderful donors) we have dispersed $103,000 plus, to 24 projects, in 8 African countries. A little from a lot really does make a difference!
How Nikela has Helped over the Years
- Built 118 beehives to protect farms and save elephants.
- Provided alternative livelihood options for 38 reformed poachers by… building 3 fish ponds, providing goats, buying vegetable farming equipment, helping build a restaurant…and so on.
- Rescued over 60 pangolin with over 50 being successfully released to a safe wild place.
- Bought equipment for Lion Rangers.
- Released an entire troop of monkeys.
- Sponsored 2 rescued orphaned baby monkeys.
- Provided fuel to stop rhino poaching.
- Helped raise orphaned rhino calves.
- Sponsored a Ranger Scout to protect elephants.
- Funded an anti-poaching dog.
- Built a rehabilitation enclosure.
- And the list goes on.
It’s been a marvelous ride!
By the end of the year all finally monies will be distributed. After that, all incoming donations will be sent to Moses for beehive maintenance and building additional beehives. 54 are needed to finish protecting Lendoiya village and Moses has had requests from numerous other farmers near other protected areas. His plans going into 2022 are to assist those living on the boundaries of Tarangire National Park (not too far from the famous Ngorongoro National Park.)
God willing we will make the journey from South Africa to Tanzania to visit Moses, his team and the farmers (and hopefully a few elephants) the second half of 2022.
Again, many thanks for your part in making a difference over the years. You’re invited to join us in our focused effort to assist in a very tangible way with Moses and his Peacemaker Bees.
Questions? Send us an email or comment below.
Margrit and Russ Harris