Galloping Gnus Newsletter

Making a Difference!

An AAC safari is more than just game viewing! Some of the selected conservation and community projects that we passionately support are featured below. We are especially thrilled to assist students’ education as it is our hope they will continue a career in wildlife conservation or a tourism field.

Wilderness Safaris in Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe & Zambia
For every night you stay in one of Wilderness Safaris camps, a donation is made to the Wilderness Trust. For over 15 years, the Trust has managed a variety of research and education projects in southern Africa – everything from saving endangered wildlife to educating local communities. AAC continues to be one of the larger suppliers to the camps in the Wilderness portfolio – a loyal partnership.

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Botswana rhino relocation at Mombo /Namibia’s research on elephant population
Join Mark and Alison Nolting on a Wilderness Safaris Donor trip to Botswana April 17 – April 29, 2011. The program price includes donations to the 3 projects visited and outlined below.
-Linyanti Concession is well know n for high elephant densities. Staying at Kings Pool meet with Dr Mike Chase and Elephants Without Borders to understand the factors that govern a corridor of elephant migration from northern Botswana through Namibia into Angola and Zambia.

-The Vumbura Concession harbors good populations of two threatened species, the African wild dog and the sable antelope. Enviromental Manager Kai Collins guides the party through the ongoing research projects in the field with Vumbura Plains as base

-At Mombo Camp focus on the rhino re-introduction and monitoring project in Moremi Reserve, spending time in the field with Poster Mpho, the resident monitoring officer.
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Alison and Mark in Africa, August 2010

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CITW program in Hwange – Zimbabwe
Partnering with Children in the Wilderness, we are sponsoring 460 children at three schools near Hwange. The program allows under-privileged children a chance to participate in conservation with a week stay in a safari camp. Additionally the feeding project allows each child a meal a day when at school getting their education.

We have doubled our donation of last year to $10,000.00. A visit to Ziga school in August is discussed by Miles Nolting under Volunteering (page 7). Our clients can spend a night at the school during a safari in Hwange.

Tanzania – Supporting student sponsorship
We are currently sponsoring 29 children in Tanzania, all children of guides in our AAC team. $15,000.00 has been allocated towards this student scholarship fund alon g with the recognition of the Guide of the Year.

Clients often ask to make donations in monies or supplies before they travel and on their return. AAC arranges for visits at Tenguru School in Arusha where clients can join in the ongoing partnership of uplifting the school children.

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Kenya – Moi High School near Tsavo:
For over 10 years we have sponsored high school children in Kenya. Each year, 4 scholarship students study at Moi High School. Please sign up to sponsor a student. Fees are $500.00 a year for a four year period.

Our 8-Day Volunteer Kenya Participation Community Program is featured under Safaris that SIZZLE – Voluntourism.

Calling all students! Miles Nolting son of Mark and Alison Nolting, owners of AAC, is 17 years old and has had the privilege of traveling on over 14 safaris. He is offering insight on what students can do to make a difference in Africa!

Fundraising and Volunteering: How You Can Help
By Miles Nolting
For as long as I can remember my summer vacations have been spent in Africa. I have been fortunate that my parents exposed me to some of the world’s best game viewing, safari camps and guides. But it was more than just the safari experience; I have also visited local villages, schools, orphanages and community projects that left lasting impressions.

There are some moments that I still replay in my memories – playing soccer with children who had to keep patching the ball when it would deflate as they didn’t have access or money to buy another; visiting a school where children were starving and would go the day without any breakfast or lunch and teachers who had run out of chalk, paper and basic supplies. It made me wonder how the average person could help. 
 
Simple fundraising, similar to what any club at your school does, can accumulate money to benefit these children.  Once the money is gathered, there are many sources that would be very willing to directly benefit child ren in distress.  The most significant contribution that money can provide is a lunch! In Zimbabwe, Children in the Wilderness is  making incredible progress increasing classroom attendance and participation by guaranteeing a daily lunch. In  2010 they are feeding 460 children a daily lunch and are hoping to increase that in 2011. Itonly costs $36 a year  to provide a student with a meal. I know some kids who spend that weekly at Starbucks.
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Park employees who see the
benefits of tourism
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Primary school children at
their daily lunch break
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Community village visit
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Student atheletes enjoying
bush soccer
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A Zimbabwe orphanage home
to over 30 girls and boys
Another significant way to benefit those less fortunate than you is raising money for textbooks and other school supplies. After visiting numerous primary schools all around Southern Africa, they were all desperate for basic school supplies such as pencils, pens, erasers, notebooks, and textbooks. Have a collection drive and get your friends involved! If everyone collects pencils and pens, paper and BOOKS, those supplies can be carried and delivered to needy schools in Africa where it would make a lasting change on teachers and children.
If you feel extremely inclined to help those less fortunate if you are simply concerned with adding an intriguing tidbit on your college resume, than you should consider Voluntourism. Even if you are or are not going on a safari, people from the age of 18 to 24 are able to participate, via Wilderness Safaris, for a time period from 1 to 3 months. You will stay at a school during the week. And at weekends activities include working with in-house environmentalists on monitoring game counts in the park, visiting village communities, and helping with water pump and windmill repairs.
By paying a nominal fee to participate in the volunteer program, you will truly have the hands on ability to effectively help Africans in Africa.
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Miles Nolting learning how the volunteer program works at Ziga school near
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Week to month long stays can be arranged.
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Mark, Miles and Nicholas Nolting visiting with the headmaster at Ziga school
who is seeing his new classrooms multiply from donations
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