Motopi 'Living WIth Elephants' workshop
Our community vehicles, Shumba and Leya, have been hard at work this year as good rains has seen many of the farmers we partner with invest lots of time and energy into preparing their fields. Thanks to your support we have given Leya a new oil cooler recently and she is hard at work distributing the mitigation material.
Sadly, Shumba is developing too many problems, which are proving too costly to maintain, and so it is time that we retired her from her role, and we will be looking to replace her as soon as possible.
Our outreach and education programme has now expanded to include the village of Motopi and their Junior Secondary school. Motopi is a small community located about 10km from the north-western corner of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Due to its distance from the park Motopi is not considered a prime wildlife-conflict area. However, as most national parks and wildlife reserves in Botswana are unfenced, elephants freely move across community land far from park boundaries where they come into conflict with people. Like elsewhere in Botswana, Motopi has seen an increase in elephants over the past 10 years, with elephants now posing a real threat to the security and sustainability of the livelihoods of many community members. It is likely that our assistance is required further afield in the future and thus our vehicles become even more vital.
We look forward to updating you again soon. Until then take care.
Best wishes and a special thank you to Scott Ramsey for letting us use his photos
The EfA Team
Motopi Junior Secondary School, excited to meet us
Attentive community member at workshop