Charity is a very personal journey depending upon our experiences, people we have met and our influences or just simply what we like or enjoy. If you are looking for a charitable cause then the ones I have support below are great causes and back up my work and awareness programmes. Contact them directly for more information and contributions or indeed in the case of some trips and experiences like nothing else you would have embarked upon.
Hope and Kindness was founded in 2002 by Terry and Judi Mott. They went to Kenya to set up a small school and orphanage and now, nearly nine years later, the school has grown to accomodate 140 children. In 2012 Hope and Kindness is planning to open a self sufficient school to train young people in agricultural and business skills to equip them for a brighter future. You can find out more details here of their latest achievements and plans for the future .
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a small, flexible charity, established in 1977 to honour to memory of a famous Naturalist, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE, the founder Warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya, where he served from its inception in 1948 until his transfer to Nairobi in 1976 to head the Planning Unit of the Wildlife Conservation & Management Department. His legacy of excellence and the systems he installed for the management of Tsavo and wildlife generally in Kenya, particularly in the sphere of wildlife husbandry and ethics, lives on.
The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation is a small, effective charity, that supports anti-poaching and conservation projects throughout Africa and Asia making a real difference to the survival of critically endangered mammals.
David also have a working Elephant Orphanage in Zambia which although a lot smaller than some of the Orphanages in Kenya has a very focused and successful programme.
With fewer than 670 individuals remaining in the wild, the Rothschild’s giraffe is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and is under real threat of extinction in the wild. Giraffe are often not considered a conservation priority and are frequently overlooked in conservation or management plans. This chart demonstrates just how small the population of Rothschild’s giraffe is in comparison to some other species that receive a lot of conservation attention.
The Amboseli Elephant Research Project is the longest study of wild elephants in the world. AERP works to understand the lives and ensure the future of nearly 1,300 elephants in the Amboseli ecosystem fed by the waters of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.
AERP is the field operation of the Amboseli Trust for Elephants. ATE aims to ensure the long-term conservation and welfare of Africa’s elephants in the context of human needs and pressures through scientific research, training, community outreach and public awareness.
Something a little closer to my home. With the largest Elephants herd in the UK they research and conservation studies that go on here help those in the Elephants native land further understand the animals. It’s also a great way to adopt an animal you can go and visit more regularly.