AFRICAT'S TOP PROJECTS THAT NEED FUNDING
The AfriCat Foundation is committed to the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores. By working with commercial and communal farmers, local communities, conservation conservancies, and the youth of Namibia, the AfriCat Foundation is dependent on support to maintain its various programmes. We are a nonprofit organisation registered in Namibia and everything we do, every project we tackle, every programme we are involved with, is supported by donors and well-wishers like YOU.
1. Essential Salaries:
a. Research Veterinarian AfriCat’s first, part-time Research Veterinarian, Dr Diethardt Rodenwoldt, joined us in September 2015. The veterinarian supervises and ensures scientifically sound 'Large Carnivore Research Projects', manages and monitors the animals at our AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre and supports farming communities in conflict zones. AfriCat’s large carnivore research Projects have been taken to another level with a qualified 'Research Veterinarian' on board. Present and future projects are now scientifically sound and effectively supervised, contributing to the long-term survival of these species as well as supporting farming communities in conflict zones.
A salary for a part-time, research veterinarian, who operates both at AfriCat HQ and within our northern projects throughout 2016 and beyond, must be secured.
b. Lion Guards: Keepers of the Wilderness
These dedicated community members are elected by their Conservancies, essentially carrying the message of Conservation from the highest authorities to the farmer. They encourage and guide communal farmers to adopt the AfriCat Livestock Protection programme, identify priority villages for kraal-building, patrol fences, monitor & report poaching and other illegal activities.
AfriCat’s input: AfriCat has employed four lion guards since 2011, 4 more Lion Guardians are required along the western Etosha National Park border to protect persecuted populations and encourage change in livestock management and protection, in north western Namibia.
c. Environmental Educator
AfriCat’s Environmental Education programme is popular amongst schools nationwide and requires a second Educator’s Salary and accommodation close to the Environmental Education Centre.
AfriCat’s input: Salary for one teacher has been sourced and accommodation provided.
2. Livestock Protection Programme:
To effectively reduce livestock loss through better protection and to minimise the destruction of lions and other carnivores, AfriCat builds nocturnal 'kraals' for committed communities, assisted by community leaders and the Lion Guards.
AfriCat’s input: We prepare, design and construct the kraals. AfriCat has built 20 kraals since 2010 (protecting approx. 4 500 – 5 500 head of livestock, supporting at least 500 - 1000 farmers and their extended families). AfriCat aims to build at least 5 kraals per year.
AfriCat Community Support
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Cost approx.: Cost per livestock kraal (depending on size/number of livestock): N$ 40 000.00 – N$60 000.00 per kraal.
3. AfriCat Research and Community Support Project Vehicles:
Field Vehicles, 4x4 pick-ups fitted with extra long-range fuel tanks, water containers, heavy-duty springs and tyres.
Solvay sponsored 2 vehicles, but AfriCat is in dire need for sponsorship to cover all fuel costs, vehicle insurance and service cover.
2 more 'Field Vehicles' are required to operate along the western Etosha National Park border and on commercial Namibian farmland, to protect persecuted populations and encourage change in livestock-management and protection, in north western & central Namibia.
4. Motion Detection Cameras (Trail Cameras) / GPS Satellite and VHF Collars:
To effectively gather data, both visual (trail cameras) and location, movement, etc. (collars), the various projects require approx. 20 cameras.
Cost approx.: N$8 000.00 per camera | Collars: Lion GPS / Satellite $28 000.00 – N$ 30 000.00 each | Cheetah & Leopard VHF collars approx.: N$3 500.00 each.
5. Understanding Human-Wildlife Conflict and finding solutions: The AfriCat Mobile Veterinary Field-Clinic
This 4x4 truck, will have to have long-range fuel tanks, water containers, heavy-duty springs and tyres, solar panels and extra power-supply for fridges to keep the medication cool, etc.
AfriCat’s field projects are expanding to include communal support and will be modified to allow basic surgical procedures in the field, like taking a plastic bag out of the stomach of a cow so that the poor farmer does not have to take his cow to town.
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Cost approx.: Vehicle N$ 950 000.00.
6. Land Purchase to Establish a 'Centre for Adult Learning' In The Kunene Region, North-West Namibia:
The education of the youth is essential to establish conservation-minded, tolerant future generations; the damage and destruction of wildlife is, however, undertaken by adults in the present, who may or may not have a basic education, fighting for survival in a tough, mostly arid environment, sharing habitat with wildlife and often plagued by conflict species such as elephant and carnivores, to name but a few. AfriCat proposes the development of a Centre of Learning for those Adults and our Youth in the Kunene Region, who wish to improve their knowledge of their environment and wildlife. For this, a portion of land must be purchased in close proximity to communal farmland. For many years AfriCat has been directly involved with human-wildlife conflict incidents on communal and commercial farmland adjacent to the Etosha National Park and in central Namibia. The AfriCat Community Support Programme directly supports and uplifts the communal farming communities. Incidents of carnivore-related conflict along the Etosha borders, as well as in some neighbouring communal conservancies and on commercial farmland, are frequent. By improving on their livestock protection methods, both communal and commercial farming communities will lose less livestock and, with continued support from AfriCat and environmental education, these communities will destroy fewer lions. For this, a portion of land must be purchased in close proximity to communal farmland.
Cost: approx. N$ 3 500 000.00.
7. Onguta Primary School, North-West Namibia:
AfriCat’s mission is to further support this pro-active community by developing a formal school, including classrooms, store-rooms, ablutions (showers and toilets), a kitchen / dining area, a communal gathering place, teacher’s accommodation and eventually, a boarding hostel.
The development of the Onguta Primary School could be undertaken in 3 phases:
Phase 1: 4 classrooms (pre-school + grades 1-3), 2 store-rooms (2 classrooms sharing one store-room), 4 toilets and 4 showers, battery room for a basic solar system, which has been donated), 2 x 5 000 Litre water tanks, metal stand;
Phase 2: Staff room and office, kitchen and dining area (one room for kitchen with open-sided, roofed dining area), communal gathering place or school 'hall' (a barn-like, roofed area with walls up to approx. 1.5m in height, gauze wire to the roof);
Phase 3: Staff accommodation and Boarding school (this phase still to be considered: water availability for 150 children, etc.)
Phase 1 should be undertaken as soon as possible in order to create a better learning environment.
The community has pledged to make bricks, which could begin as soon as funding has been sourced for phase 1.
A Namibian Architect, who designs eco-friendly projects, would be approached to design the school in its entirety; local builders will be sourced to take on this project, under AfriCat’s supervision.
Phase 1: approx. N$ 1 000 000.00 (one million Namibian Dollars)
Estimated GBP 48 - 50 000.00 (@ 1:21)