Water hole handed over

Water is life - handover a renovated waterhole

A waterhole will support an important wildlife corridor between National park and by this reduce Human wildlife conflict in surrounding communities.

The water has been flowing since the end of August. A repaired well borehole now supplies a water point. It is helping to conserve an 80-kilometer wildlife corridor in Makgadikgadi National Park in northeastern Botswana. We partnered with the Department Of Wildlife & National Parks (DWNP) for the project. We have now handed over the completed drilling site with solar-powered high-performance pump and around one kilometer of pipeline to the water point to the DWNP.


Calendar 2020: One gift - many recipients

24. October 2020|In General

Calendar 2020: One gift - many receivers

This year we are again receiving valuable support from the SHARE FOR SMILES association. They are also selling their now ever-popular photo calendars in aid of our projects in Southern Africa. With the proceeds, we can finance another education centre in Botswana – and thus make an important contribution to the protection of nature and wildlife.

Twelve impressions from various African countries, imposing landscapes and rare wild animals awaken not only a wanderlust but also a feeling for the significance of this unique nature. With the Africa calendar, our colleagues from SHARE FOR SMILES offer individuals as well as companies a meaningful gift. And this starts with environmentally friendly production, climate-neutral printing and includes the integration project of the Lebenshilfe Werkstätten der Region 10 GmbH.

Social gift with meaning

We have been cooperating with the non-profit organisation from Bavaria since 2014. Just under a year ago, we were able to open the Botshelo Trust Learning Centre after a successful collaboration. The SFS Africa calendars will now help us to build an aid and environmental education centre for children and young people in Matsaudi.

The small village with about 1,000 inhabitants is located in the Okavango Delta, on the Thamalakane River and along the main road leading to the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. In other words, another area where people and wildlife meet or share a limited habitat. In these Wildlife Contact Areas we support the local people with education and development programmes. We want to create foundations that enable people to live a good life in harmony with nature. In our SAVE education centres, species conservation and environmental protection are therefore an integral part of the curriculum. Further information on our Education for Conservation programme can be found here.

You can order the Africa calendars directly via the SHARE FOR SMILES website.


Alina Pfleghardt

Interview with employee Alina Pfleghardt

Interview with employee Alina Pfleghardt

The catastrophic damages to the environment, which are caused by excessive palm oil plantations in the tropics, were again discussed globally after the dramatic fires in Indonesia in autumn 2015.
Nonetheless, those are not the only consequences of the massive palm oil production: the consumer’s health is directly in danger, too. Glycidyl ester and 3-monochloropropanediol (3-MCPD) are contained in palm oil in significantly higher concentrations than in other vegetable oils. Both are generated during the processing of vegetable oils. A study by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) confirmed the resulting health risks on 3rd of May.

Find out more about our employee Alina Pfleghardt. In the following interview, she explains why she dedicates herself to nature conservation in general and why she does so together with SAVE. Furthermore, she talks about her experiences at the congress concerning German development work in Bonn.

SAVE: What can you tell us about your personal and professional background?
Alina Pfleghardt: I grew up in Bavaria, in the South of Germany. After I have completed a dual study program in cooperation with the company Siemens and the university in Nürnberg, I continued working for the company for another year until I realized that due to ethical considerations I could not consider working in this area anymore. Now I study the interdisciplinary master program „Ethics – Economics, Law and Politics“ at the university in Bochum. It applies philosophy and ethics to central problems of economics, law and politics. Moreover, I am strongly committed to nature conservation through my work with SAVE.

SAVE: Why do you dedicate yourself to nature conservation?
Alina Pfleghardt: I always loved nature, already as a child and still today. I enjoy being in the mountains, either climbing or hiking. There you can easily see how beautiful and great our planet is, if only we respect it enough. Therefrom, I think, important responsibility results, which we should all bear. I have been a vegetarian for several years now and I am striving for a responsible lifestyle, which protects our environment as well as all living beings alike. Even the littlest things can be essential when it comes to preserving habitats, going easy on resources and consuming sustainably.

SAVE: And why exactly with SAVE?
Alina Pfleghardt: I work for SAVE because I am truly convinced that the foundation‘s nature conservation strategy – thanks to its holistic pillar structure – is a very successful conception. The four pillars „education“, „poverty relief“, „research“ and „direct measures“ allow effective nature and wildlife conservation in the short-, mid-, and long-term. For me the atmosphere at work is a decisive factor and that I am committed to the goals and visions of SAVE.

SAVE: Which work experience was the most exciting one for you lately?
Alina Pfleghardt: The congress about the German development work at the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut in Bonn was very interesting. There were participants of the United Nations (UNO), the Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). On the agenda was a discussion about the role of multilateral development work, the critical reflection of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UNO and the comparison of different approaches to cope with global poverty. The latter was particularly relevant for our work at SAVE. In general it is never boring to work for SAVE because of the diverse project landscape.