The Forgotten Kingdom-Help Protect Elusive Species

by The African Impact Foundation
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The Forgotten Kingdom-Help Protect Elusive Species
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The Forgotten Kingdom-Help Protect Elusive Species
The Forgotten Kingdom-Help Protect Elusive Species
The Forgotten Kingdom-Help Protect Elusive Species
The Forgotten Kingdom-Help Protect Elusive Species
The Forgotten Kingdom-Help Protect Elusive Species
The Forgotten Kingdom-Help Protect Elusive Species
The Forgotten Kingdom-Help Protect Elusive Species
The Forgotten Kingdom-Help Protect Elusive Species

Dear Impact Fam,

Like everywhere, it has been a very challenging time in Southern and Eastern Africa. However, it’s because of the generosity of our donors that we have been able to quickly adjust our plans and continue supporting our communities and teams. Thank you for showing us that it’s possible to make impact from anywhere in the world. We are so for your undying support, whether near or far.

This fight is long from over - daily COVID-19 cases across the continent are still rising, but we hope with you by our side that we will be able to make it through anything that comes our way. To continue helping our communities and teams, please make a donation here

In the past 5 months, we have:

  • Started the construction of 3 new primary school classrooms in Zambia
  • Employed local tailors and our Women’s Group to make 850 masks for students, families, and shop owners in Tanzania and Zambia
  • Set up 20 hand-washing stations at schools and in communities in Zambia and Tanzania
  • Provided 155 disinfectant packages to community members in South Africa and Tanzania
  • Spent three months buying produce from our Farmers of the Future participants and donating it to a local food parcel initiative in South Africa
  • Donated books and school supplies to students trying to learn from home in South Africa
  • Provided food parcels to 25 members of our partner organizations in South Africa
  • Supported the nutrition program at the Langoni Old People’s Home in Tanzania by supplying weekly fruit 
  • Held COVID-19 training and awareness workshops to community and family leaders in Tanzania
  • Set up a solar hydroponics farming system to prepare for the return of our Farmers of the Future program in South Africa
  • Distributed 160 bags of mealie meal (maize) to our Sponsor a Child students and their families
  • Supported nursery schools in Tanzania with three months’ worth of porridge for their breakfast program

THANK YOU, a million times over!

Ps – Have you read our 2019 Annual Report yet? The stories in this little book of impact reminds us that there is so much to fight for beyond this pandemic. Check it out here!

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To Our African Impact Foundation Family,

I hope this message finds you healthy and happy. It is difficult to stay positive during these tough times, however I myself have gotten through this time by thinking about the incredible impact you have all made and will continue to make on the people and environment across the African continent.

For a lot of the communities we work with, there is unfortunately a lack of awareness around how contagious and serious the virus is, and everyone's susceptibility to it. A lot of lost jobs is leading to an increase in food insecurity, and little access to healthcare is concerning for many.

African Impact has had to go into a temporary hibernation due to travel bans, however the Foundation is committed to staying present in the communities by continuing critical activities and providing COVID-19 support - handing out disinfectant packages, setting up hand washing stations, continuing nutrition programs, translating information posters into local languages, and keeping in touch with beneficiaries via telephone where possible.

To better support organizations, GlobalGiving has recently modified their Terms and Conditions to allow us to use any unspent donations from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020 on our most urgent needs during this difficult time. With a shift in priorities and situation, we hope to use the money raised to re-hire staff on the ground to carry out critical activities under the Foundation while African Impact is in hibernation.

Your support means so much to us and we look forward to continuing this journey with you. To say thank you, we wrote a little song for you: Watch the video here!

Kind regards, 

Sarah Nielsen 
African Impact Foundation
Impact Manager

PS – We’ve created a Foundation Facebook Group to stay connected, spread positivity, and share project updates. Come join the fun! 

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This week we celebrate World Wildlife Day! 

The United Nations World Wildlife Day is a global celebration of the beautiful and richly diverse forms of wild animals and plants on our planet. It is also an occasion to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits they provide to people and to drive discussions and work towards transformative change on the urgent threats facing them.

This year's theme is 'Sustaining all life on Earth': Check out their official video

Here in the Greater Kruger Area we wish to celebrate all spieces both big and small! To help us do this by supporting the Forgotten Kingdom campaign, to allow us to continue researching a variety of species found here in the bush!

Nearly a quarter of all living species are at risk of extinction. This is a threat to humanity, and we must tackle it by pushing for a more sustainable relationship with nature and its resources. 

Be a part of the worldwide movementDonate today!

#WorldWildlifeDay #SustainingAllLife #WWD2020

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Thanks to incredible supporters like you, the Kruger team wrapped up the year with a total of 24 camera traps for 2019! 

An incredible total of 204,391 images were taken in 2019! This included 146 images of leopards and 2,203 images of nocturnal elusive species. 

The last few weeks have been full of spotted hyenas and brown hyenas! Hyenas are often misunderstood and portrayed as scavengers, but they are actually very successful hunters, with the one of the strongest jaws in the African Bush.

The team has started to reposition the camera traps in Rietspruit to be better aligned with the paths that the species are taking since we now know their trails. As the grass and flora grows under the summer sun we have to be careful where we place the cameras so that there is nothing blocking the images. 

With your help we're excited to see our conservation program expand further to help with the knowledge and awareness of these species! 

Thank you for supporting the wildlife of the Greater Kruger Area. 

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A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has supported the Forgotten Kingdom project in Kruger, South Africa! 

It is clear that populations of wildlife are decreasing drastically, but conservation research is very difficult when animals are elusive and/or nocturnal. In order to more effectively research, understand, and conserve those species we rely on videos and photographs from camera traps. This allows our African Impact researchers and interns to contribute towards conservation initiatives, expand the scientific knowledge base and supply information for effective management strategies in reserves which allows for their long-term population permanence.

The week our researchers spotted an aardvark, which is one of the most elusive nocturnal species! 

On a recent night drive we saw many nocturnal species -  civet, genet, white tailed mongoose, porcupine, spotted hyena and a white face owl! Over the last month we have collected data on 54 different raptors, including critically endangered Hooded Vultures and White Backed Vultures.

We are looking forward to seeing the huge impact that this project has on the wildlife in South Africa! 

Thank you again for making this possible. 

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Location: Muizenberg, Western Cape - South Africa
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Project Leader:
Sarah Nielsen
Muizenberg, Western Cape South Africa

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