HIV-children and wildlife-conservation programms

Kenyanische Schulkinderunter einem grossen Baum im Haller Park: Die ehemaligen Kalk-Steinbrüche wurden von einem Schweizer renaturiert und in einen Tierpark umgewandelt. Kenyan school-children under a huge tree in Haller Park in Mombasa, where a swiss ren

Im südlichen Afrika sind viele Schulkinderunter HIV-Waisen, denen mit dem Children Trust geholfen wird. BIld: GMC Photopress

Wilderness Safaris is the first and foremeost a conservation organization, which believes, that in “protecting wilderness areas include the local communities in this process of transformation. They operate over 60 luxury lodges and tented camps in seven southern African countries and more than 2500 employees take care about three million of hectars prestine eco-wildlife-parks.

As others espouse their sustainable conservation through responsible tourism philosophy, Wilder-ness areas will increasingly be entrenched under wildlife with additional custodiens in turn recogni-zing this and converting the lands in their custody to the use of wildlife. Wilderness guests have acces to almost 3 Million of hectares of prime wildlife areas in all countries. No fewer than 1600 staff-members out of 2500 employees come from rural communities surrounding the protected areas. Have a look at the following Wilderness Safaris conservation programs and task forces which represents the Wilderness Safaris Ideology and vision. Link zur Broschüre…We are Wilderness Namibia

Wilderness Wildlife Trust

For 20 years, the Wilderness Safaris Wildlife Trust has supported a wide variety of wildlife management, research and education projects in southern Africa. These procets addresses the needs of existing wildlife populations, seek solutions to save threatened species and provide education and training for local people and their communities. The long running Maputaland-Turtle Project in South Africa, the Namib brown Hyaena Project as well as the Namibian Elephant and Giraffe Project are some of the most succesfull cases to protect specific animals.

Children in the Wilderness Programm

Schwarze Strassenkinder in Kapstadt auf der Strasse schlafend. Black streetkids in Cape Town.

Südafrika’s Elend: Schwarze Strassenkinder in Kapstadt.

Children in the Wilderness (CITW) began as a result of discussions with actor Paul Newman in Botswana in August 2001. The original premises was that Paul Newman’s children’s organization. The Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, and Wilder Safaris could be combined to create a new uplift-ting programme. In December 2001 the first CIWT camp in Botswana was run successfully. Over the last ten years the programe has expanded into all areas of Wilderness Safaris Operations. Around 5000 children are hosted yearly with innovative fund raising plans such as the annual Tour de Kruger and Tour de Zambesi Circle rides aim to introduce the programme to even more HIV-children.

Kids from 10 to 17 are invited by groups from 16 to 45)and carried into the respective camps to stay for five days at a time given the opportunity to discover these wilderness areas and their wide wildlife. Using a curriculum covering environmental education, HIV/AIDS and nutrition and life skills, CITW camps teach the children the importance of conservation and strive to instill a passion for the environment so that the can become the custodians of these areas in the future.

HIV Task Force for children

Botswana: Bushmen women in the Tsodillo Hills. Buschmänner-Sippe in den Tsodillo Hügel. © GMC Photopress, Gerd Müller,

Botswana: Buschmänner-Sippe in den Tsodillo Hills. © GMC Photopress, Gerd Müller

Wilderness Safari has more than 2500 employees in Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The company has long recognized the challenges presented by the HIV epidemic on both the company itself and the risk imposed to the employee group. Since 2003, together with Dr. Clive Evian, an author of several books on AIDS, and a community and primary health care specialist, they have developed a programme that has allowed them to manage the effect of this epidemic on both, the business ans well as the affected individuals. With the permission from the employees and assistance of certain key individuals. Wilderness Safaris carried out anonymous, unlinked HIV prevalence surveillance across the entire workforce in their camps and offices.

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