Conservation Nation was designed to work with young people to raise awareness about the importance of the environment and the role individuals and communities have to play in protecting and conserving it. Beyond that the initiative works to seek and implement locally relevant interventions to the challenge of climate change adaptation and mitigation. While the project has begun operating, it has been heavily reliant on volunteer support thereby restricting its range and scope. To help address this, we designed a fundraising campaign however implementation has thus far been hampered by staffing challenges.
Given the challenges encountered, we are currently encouraging previous donors to consider making recurring donations of as little as $10 a month. While minimal, it will go a long way in helping to meet the desired goal.
We are also asking previous donors to share information about the project with their networks. The idea is to spread the word and find strength and success in numbers and also to encourage new donors to consider encouraging those in their networks to support his work as well.
Even with the challenges the project is achieving results and has been able to work with schools to plant trees at schools as well as start tree nurseries.
In moving forward, we hope to raise the needed funding in order to be able to implement the project in its entirety and thus encourage donors to not only donate but consider making recurring donations and just as important sharing the project and encourage their networks to donate. Without their unwavering support, our work would not be possible.
We are currently implementing our reading campaign which started a year ago. While the project was received with enthusiasm by the schools and teachers and continues to make strides in terms of enrollment and helping children learn to read, it is challenged by the lack of resources needed to sustain it. Currently the project is operating with the support of volunteers who can only commit a limited amount of time per week to the project. This means the number of children enrolled in the program has been affected in that while the project continues to accept children into the program, they have had to wait to start until the needed resources are available. Second the quality of instruction is also at risk as volunteers can only spend a fraction of the time required to produce the desired quality of results.
As the year closes, we are redesigning our online fundraising strategy to incorporate new methodologies that will help attract the resources needed to support the project financially and see it through fruition. We are also encouraging previous donors to consider renewing their commitment to supporting this important work. Without their support we could not have gotten this far and we hope we can rely on them to help bring the joy and power of reading to poor and disadvantaged children.
Nov 11, 2014
By Maya Moore - Project Assistant
Conservation Nation continues to face challenges in terms of attracting online donations to support project implementation, as a result we are currently working on designing an online fundraising campaign designed to attract online donations to Conservation Nation. While funds are a challenge, we have been able to create partnerships with local schools that will see the planting of 5000 trees in our community starting November 2014. The tree planting exercise is designed to actively engage students in protecting and conserving the environment. 3 schools have signed up for the exercise which will run for 3 months and focus on planting both exotic and indigenous tree species.