Corona Hilfe Botswana

10,000 Masks for SAVE-Botswana

10.000 Masken für SAVE-Botswana

Winter Medical provided over 10,000 original packaged masks and shipped them with SAVE to Botswana to support families and project workers there.

Corona Hilfe Botswana

Botswana is also suffering from the 4th wave of Corona, and the health system has been overstretched since the first waves. Protective equipment is hardly available, even simple cloth masks are scarce.

Winter Medical has therefore teamed up with the SAVE Wildlife Conversation Fund Foundation to help spontaneously: Winter Medical provided over 10,000 original packaged masks and shipped them with SAVE to Botswana to support families and project workers there.

We sincerely thank them for this generous support in difficult times! The masks now provide protection for families, 1590 children from our playgroups, 77 teachers and 9 staff members at SAVE Botswana.

Unfortunately, the pandemic is not over yet. In order to meet the additional financial costs of the protective measures, we are asking for your help. Join our fundraising campaign “Masks for Botswana”.

Your donation can save the lives of children and teachers!


SAVE Lions - New lion conservation project in Botswana

SAVE Lions - Living with lions

Africa’s lion population has plummeted by 43 percent in two decades. Experts estimate that fewer than 20,000 lions live there today. The SAVE Wildlife Conservation Fund, together with Pro Wildlife, now wants to change that in a new project to protect lions in Botswana near the Okavango Delta.

“SAVE Lions – Living with Lions” has chosen as project area one of the most ecologically valuable, wildlife-rich but therefore also conflict-prone regions on earth. Despite the dramatic decline, countless big cats are poisoned or shot there – as in many places around Africa’s game reserves. Especially when they kill livestock, which threatens the existence of the people. The loss of revenue from wildlife tourism due to the Corona crisis has further exacerbated the situation. “Through better protection of livestock, species conservation education and the creation of alternative sources of income, we want to enable humans and lions to coexist,” said Lars Gorschlüter of SAVE Wildlife Conservation Fund.

“SAVE Lions – Living with Lions” starts in the village of Quqao in the southern part of the Okavango Delta, itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to many endangered species such as lion, cheetah, wild dog and black rhino.

Because many people there live from cattle farming at the same time, Quqao in particular has an above-average number of conflicts between lions and livestock, according to statistics from the Botswana Wildlife Authority DWNP. The village, which is a sad hotspot of lion killings, was therefore selected for a pilot project. Because of this particularly dramatic situation, SAVE will establish a base for Lion Rangers there. The Lion Rangers will provide immediate assistance in emergency situations, advise affected farmers and monitor the movement patterns of the predatory cats through tracking.

SAVE Wildlife Conservation Fund Botswana has already been able to recruit community members from Quqao for the lion conservation project and hire the first Lion Rangers. Together with them and the villagers, SAVE will analyze concrete conflict situations and develop effective solutions for herd protection, such as mobile and predator-proof fences.

In addition to concrete protection measures, the SAVE Lions project is making an educational offer to the rural population: the environmental education program “Education for Conservation”, or E4C for short, which has already been successfully tested at 28 locations in Botswana, informs people of all ages about the value of the unique ecosystem. “Only by working with people in wildlife areas, providing educational opportunities and helping people to help themselves to create livelihoods beyond livestock farming will we enable people and wildlife to live together peacefully in the long term,” says Daniela Freyer of Pro Wildlife.

In the future, the lion conservation project is to be extended to a further five communities in the Okavango Delta in order to ensure comprehensive protection of the endangered lions.

 


SAVE Community Development

Together for Wildlife

We at SAVE Wildlife Conservation Fund Foundation want to do our part to promote nature and species conservation with the people on site. Our work is built on 3 pillars:

  • Educational work
  • Wildlife projects
  • Community development

Following the principle of Education 4 Conservation, we want to teach the people in Southern Africa how to use our natural resources sustainably, so that humans and animals can coexist peacefully.

We want to actively counteract the extinction of endangered animal species through various wildlife projects. The SAVE projects are deliberately located in so-called Wildlife Conflict Areas. These are areas around wildlife reserves where conflicts between humans and wildlife often occur.

However, our work would not be possible without the active support of the people on the ground in Botswana, so it is a matter close to our hearts to engage in exchange at eye level in order to create a strong sense of community together and to ensure the long-term economic independence of the communities by promoting the potential of the people.

Thanks to the support of our patrons and donors, we are able to implement our projects and bring about positive change.

 


Good news for Matsaudi (Botswana)

Good news for Matsaudi (Botswana)

The next Learning Center for 60 to 100 children and youngsters will be established early next year in Matsaudi, a community on the gateway to the Moremi National Game Reserve in the north-east of Botswana.

Especially in this very touristic area, it is essential to protect nature and wildlife. Nature conservation must become an integral part of tourism, or else it will destroy the habitat of people and wildlife. The people of Matsaudi are very enthusiastic about the Learning Center planning to integrate an educational program for the youngest as well as homework support for youngsters and accomodating a new room for the women’s basket-weaving. The Learning Center has been made possible with the wonderful support of the foundation Share for Smiles in cooperation with SAVE Botswana and the community of Matsaudi. Thanks so much to you all!


Corona Survival Packages

24. September 2020|In General, Covid-19

Corona Survival Packages

The Corona pandemic did not stop at Botswana either. Even though the country is far less affected than others due to low population density preventing a greater spread. Nevertheless, the consequences of the pandemic are hitting the country hard. The measures against the spread of COVID-19 mean that there won’t be any tourists. But tourism is vital for most people there – especially in the north-east. People work at safari lodges or have built a living on providing services to tourists.

SAVE recognized the urgency of the situation when first cases of poaching not related to gathering ivory or rhino horn became known but to get the meat of the animals. The so-called bushmeat poaching is considered to be a clear indicator of hunger.

While we usually plan specially targeted, individual technical projects and create sustainable educational opportunities, we had to take immediate measures here. We organized food packages for families to bridge the difficult period. A food package consisting of corn flour, oil and pasta as well as some hygiene products, helps a family survive for two months. In June, SAVE was able to hand over 300 packages to the village of Nxaraga. The village elder Gaolatlhe Kgosigaenyatswe officially accepted the donation for his village and thanked the local SAVE Wildlife project manager, Wabotlhe Letubo, for this spontaneous support.


168 hippos saved!

168 hippos saved!

We are thanking our donors for the support in saving 168 hippos, which got stuck looking for water during the huge drought in 2019. 

We were able to equip a borehole with a pump, dig a trench and install solar panels. This provided water to the hippos during the time of draught. They were also fed with bales of Lucerne. The bales were bought so that they can gain energy and be able to stretch and walk out of water, it was a bonus to them.
The Hippos at the Nxaraga Hippo pool also smiled to the flooding of the Thamalakane river as this meant more water and free movement with the river channel.
Now that the river has flooded, and hippos have migrated, the borehole has been disconnected and the equipment shall be used by the Nxaraga community for future projects. A successful project completed due to your tremendous support!


Cooperation between SAVE and the Technical University of Munich for the conservation of lions in Botswana

SAVE AND TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MUNICH COOPERTAION ON LION CONSERVATION IN BOTSWANA

African lion populations have been declining by an astonishing 43% from 1993 to 2018, according to IUCN research. That means that from 200,000 lions 25 years ago, only slightly over 22,000 remain in the wild across Africa today. The decrease in population is higher than any other species, including the rhino.
SAVE’s main objective is to implement a powerful program for exchanging ideas with communities that have lion conflict in order to promote peaceful coexistence for farmer and predators and any other problem wild animals in vicinity. We are committed to finding a solution, to ensure the African Lion will always have a place on this planet.

Actions

  • Education for conservation approach
    – Capacity building to farmers: Community education targeting focal people in the community to lead in the co-existence teaching in terms of developing posters, farmers workshops, demonstration kraals, spoor tracking and alerts. The trained escort guides/farmers are able to warn livestock farmers of approaching lions as well as train rangers to act as a rapid response team to avoid unfavorable incidents between lions and the local people- Environmental education at schools targeting grass root level teaching on Lions, spoor identification and co-existence topics, Lion games to compensate classroom learning.
  • Problem Lion collaring and release to the wild
    – Collaboration with the Department of Wildlife research team and Technical University of Munich, we shall relocate problem lions from farms in order to protect them from retaliation killing by farmers.
    – Monitoring of lions using satellite collars to enable a team of community escort guides to warn livestock farmers when the lions enter into or come close to their grazing lands. This monitoring will also enable the team to detect changes in the number of lions in the ecosystem, which will allow for adaptive management of their conservation program. Community sensitizing and awareness raising mobile workshops, mobile kraals and farmers training on alerts should be conducted.
    – This activity can be developed in to a research topic
  • Long-term conservation of a healthy and sustainable lion population in Botswana and the KAZA TFCA
    – Sharing of reports and partnership in Lion activities with all in the KAZA TFCA
  • Developing a mobile Lion sanctuary to take care of the injured Lions either by farmers or other wild animals.
  • Supporting the Department of Wildlife and National Parks ranger bases, radio network, equipment and operational costs, and monitoring infrastructure. This support will help keep lions and their prey safe from poaching. This means reestablishing effective management in parks and reserves is critical to the future of wildlife in the country.


Draught in Botswana: SAVE helps feeding Wildlife

Draught in Botswana: SAVE helps feeding Wildlife

Climate change and global warming are a tangible reality in Botswana. For the Wildlife they mean suffering thirst and hunger.

Climate change and global warming are a tangible reality in Botswana. For the Wildlife they mean suffering thirst and hunger. More than 120 Hippos got stuck in a waterhole in the Nxaraga community. Besides managing the water supply in the area, SAVE employees fed the Wildlife within the last weeks.

Executive Director Lars Gorschlueter recently visited Botswana in order to get a personal impression of the whole situation and SAVE Botswana’s aid activities. 46.000 liters of water per 10 hours are pumped into the waterhole powered by solar energy. Additionally and as emergency aid, the Hippos are fed with tons of hay that was delivered by Willie De Graaff, a farmer in the area and longtime supporter of SAVE Botswana. An unbelievable scenery as these are free-living wild animals.


SAVE gets Support from UNICEF for Early Childhood Environmental Education

18. June 2019|In General, Africa, Educational work

SAVE gets Support from UNICEF for Early Childhood Environmental Education

The aim of SAVE Wildlife Conservation Fund’s Early Childhood Environmental Education Programme is to encourage children in Botswana to care for nature and the environment at an early age.

Botswana is a country still rich in wildlife; however, several species are endangered – either because they are hunted by humans, or because their natural habitat is shrinking, also a result of human destruction of the environment. Early environmental education aims at instilling in children a love for nature and an understanding of the importance of protecting wildlife and endangered species. Our hope is that in the long term, this will help to ensure that humans and wild life can co-exist peacefully.

SAVE is currently conducting a pilot project on early childhood environmental education in 17 villages in Botswana. 40 teachers are engaged in the programme. This year (2019), up to 6,000 children aged 3 to 5 years will participate in the “SAVE Playgroup” programme. This even includes children under the age of 3 years among the target group. These toddler groups will receive additional care in all 17 SAVE pilot villages. Support for the project has also come from UNICEF, who funded a special workshop.

Formal school education plays an equally important role. Literacy measures are being put in place to prevent children from dropping out of school at an early age. A school leaving certificate not only improves a child’s personal prospects of development but also secures the long-term economic development of the country. SAVE also supports health awareness projects. Here too, environmental education plays an important role. For example, children learn how important clean water is or how harmful improper waste management is for their health. Regular teacher training sessions and exchanges of knowledge with the participating villages ensures the quality and sustainability of the project.

Become a Sponsor! Adopt a Playgroup.

Would you like to support future conservationists and SAVE’s environmental education projects? Then why not adopt a village playgroup? A donation of 2.500€ ensures that nearly 70 children will have the opportunity to participate in an environmental education project for a whole year.

Our account details can be found here.


Neo Xhike - Another success story

14. June 2019|In General, Educational work

Neo Xhike’s Story

Neo Xhike’s story is another of SAVE’s succss stories. Neo Xhike is a 29-year-old teacher who works in SAVE’s Early Childhood Program in Matsaudi, a village just 15 kilometres away from Moremi National Park. She currently has 30 children in her playgroup.

Because the village is so close to the national park, encounters with wildlife are quite frequent. Teaching children to understand that nature and wildlife are part of an important ecosystem is thus very important. SAVE’s Early Childhood Program ensures that children understand at an early stage why action is needed to protect the animals and the environment.

In her five-year training as an environmental teacher, Neo Xhike has learned a lot – knowledge that she passes on to the next generation with conviction:

“My plan is to work very hard so that I see these children graduating to well paid conservation jobs, this is an impact I see the SAVE program doing in our village. And our parents and community will develop from this and together we will be a collective conservation unit.”, says Neo Xhike.

The teacher is also very grateful to SAVE for bringing the program to her village:

“I can freely and confidently speak in English and explain how the SAVE curriculum and my children are contributing to the development of my village development. Kealeboga SAVE, keep the good work in our village“