GIVING BACK TO AFRICA
At African Safaris Ltd, we believe in doing our bit for Africa and supporting the remarkable people who work selflessly in the face of adversity. Your money goes a long way to supporting those people who run the following projects that we are proud to support.
DAVID SHELDRICK ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE – KENYA
The Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is located near Nairobi National Park. This orphanage for Elephant Calves and Rhinos from all over Kenya was founded and still managed by Daphne Sheldrick, the widow of one of Kenya’s best known Game Wardens David Sheldrick. David Sheldrick was at the centre of the 1970’s Ivory poaching wars in Tsavo National Park.
Today, the Sheldrick orphanage is a focal point for Elephant Conservation. Elephant calves orphanned by poaching are brought here from all over the country. They receive extremely specialized treatment here, and literally receive personal care 24 hours a day from highly dedicated staff who become surrogate mothers to the calves. Eventually the calves are moved to Tsavo, where they are carefully reintroduced into wild herds.
UPENDO FRIENDS SCHOOL – TANZANIA
Isabella is the founder of a charitable organization called LOVE FOR ALL TANZANIANS registered in June 2006 in Tanzania. In 2004 while chatting on the Internet, she came across Melchie Tonog from Philippines. She introduced herself and told me that she was studying at Mountain View College and that her parents were too poor to support for her education. She sent me all the supporting documents I asked for from her college. My heart was broken and touched to help her. We discussed with my husband and agreed to send her some USD 200 through Western Union. To send that amount, I forfeited my annual leave vacation in order to pay Melchie’s college fee.
The idea came to me that there are many children of this nature (orphaned and marginalized) in my surrounding community and even countrywide, who are intelligent but are unable to continue with studies due to lack of school fees and other scholastic materials. The vision of establishing an Upendo Friends School, an English Medium School under Love For All Tanzanians which will be providing quality education to the less privileged children was born in me so as to help the needy children in my country, Tanzania, like Melchie from the Philippines. Remember, “Charity begins at home”.
PLACE OF JOY – BOTSWANA
Place of Joy is one of six pre-schools in the Botswana Orphan Project, which was set up by Ryan Williams who grew up in Botswana and now lives in Australia. In Botswana, 200,000 children of the population of 2 million are orphans. The Place of Joy has been full-time day care center with two teachers and a principal since 2007 and has regularly cared for approximately 70 pre-school children. The center also admits paying children (non-orphans) to help offset the operational costs of the facility. Help is needed to cover operational costs and make the orphan center financially sustainable.