The COVID pandemic created a desperate situation in many regions where we work, pushing disadvantaged communities to resort to the illegal wildlife hunting to feed themselves.
To prevent negative impact from the bushmeat trade and wire snare use, SAFE Worldwide created community programs that helped local communities living near the forests or national parks with food and hygiene products so they did not have to resort to illegal bush meat trade.
When you provide food sources to the most disadvantaged communities, you also help wildlife by preventing poaching and the use of snares for bush meat trade.
We leased land near the Virunga Mountain area of Rwanda and Uganda and provided seed and tools to local communities so they could create a community garden for a long term food source.
The Pandemic has created difficult hardship for many sanctuaries and organizations working in the field. Donorship dropped considerably for many of these organizations.
SAFE Worldwide provided more funds than we had in previous years to partner organizations that we have worked with and also to new NGOs because the need was so great. We supported critically endangered sun bears, orangutans, Asian elephants and even a sanctuary in India helping to save domestic dogs and livestock.
In our eyes, all lives matter. And we help wherever and whenever we can.
SAFE Worldwide is deeply committed to end poaching of animals of all kind. Poaching does not just affect rhinos and elephants. It encompasses the exotic pet trade and also the bush meat trade.
SAFE Worldwide is working on an anti-poaching initiative that will be a focus for us during the 2nd half of 2021 and throughout 2022.
Watch for more of our efforts and campaigns coming soon.
Most girls never complete secondary school, often having to drop out to work in the fields until they wed early and start their own families. They live in difficult conditions with no electricity or way to get out of the cycle of poverty.
Our trainees receive training certificates to pursue careers that provide financial stability and independence. More importantly, it will allow them to provide health care for their children, keep them in school and allow for greater financial freedom. This prevents poaching of the forest wildlife.
We currently have 60 young women participating in the micro loan program and many of them starting their own businesses.
These are no interest loans provided to impoverished individuals living in the Virunga Mountain region of Rwanda and Uganda. The intent is that if we can provide opportunities for impoverished people to start their own businesses, they will not support poaching opportunities or using snares for bushmeat that will then be sold in local markets. Many endangered species will end up in the snares, that are meant for other animals, such as small antelopes.
In partnership with local communities in Rwanda and Uganda, SAFE Worldwide provides classroom supplies and uniforms (approx. $20 each) to children in primary and secondary school. We provided a 10,000 liter water tank in rural Uganda so that an entire village could finally have access to clean water.
We also provide school uniforms for the children that are provided by the sewing center trainees, encouraging a pay-it-forward behavior.
SAFE Worldwide helped bring technology to a local community vet clinic, that had no electricity or way to keep vaccines refrigerated. In August 2019, we partnered with Painted Dog Conservation to open a vet clinic in Dete, Zimbabwe, using solar technology to bring electricity to the facility. This allows them to keep vaccines refrigerated and provide vaccinations, spay and neuter programs to domestic dogs so that they won’t transmit diseases to Painted Dogs. Rabies and distemper can wipe out an entire pack.
We support collar tracking programs that help track and then relocate painted wolves too close to rural community areas.
Educational talks in US and abroad regarding wildlife protection and conservation issues affecting us and how anyone can get involved and make a positive impact on the planet.
Using social media to teach about the plight of endangered species and what we can do about it. Providing uniforms for school children thru the sewing center in Rwanda and Uganda. Tree planting programs in areas affected by deforestation in Rwanda and on Borneo due to illegal logging and forest clearing.