Grootberg Lodge Education Fund / Khoadi Hoas Education Fund
Both Grootberg and Hobatere Lodge support various initiatives to achieve further benefits for the local community, in addition to job creation in the area. A small percentage of the revenues generated by these two businesses, owned by the #Khoadi//Hoas Conservancy, is transferred into a trust fund aimed at assisting access to education for the most disadvantaged children in the area. The trust provides financial support for children whose parents cannot afford tuition fees, boarding school, books, stationery and school uniforms. A committee formed by conservancy members, local teachers and representatives of Journey Namibia decides on an annual basis how to allocate those funds, considering the following:
Families with a large number of children
Single parents heading the household – particularly women-headed households
A girls/boys ration of 60:40 to boost the education of girls
Children with disabilities
The total cost of supporting a child enrolled in primary school is N$1 130.00 for a full year:
N$ 330.00 for hostel fees
N$ 300.00 for stationery
N$ 500.00 for the school uniform
The total cost of supporting a secondary school student is N$3 150.00 for a full year:
N$ 900.00 for school fees
N$ 750.00 for hostel fees
N$ 1 000.00 for school uniforms
N$ 500.00 for stationery and books
We also plan to renovate and extend Eduard Garoeb Primary School including the kitchen, dormitory and classrooms. At present there is only one toilet for more than 250 children, and beds in the dormitory have no mattresses. An estimated N$1 000 000.00 needs to be raised to complete all the renovations.
Every bit helps
If you want to join us in this effort to support the education of the children of #Khoadi//Hoas, you are welcome to donate the equivalent of 1% of your bill (or more, of course). Please feel free to contact Simonetta Musso, HR Director at Journeys Namibia, or Mr Asser Ndjitezeua, Chairman of the Conservancy, with any questions related to the Education Fund or to find out more about how you can get involved to help.
Thanks to the success of the conservancy’s conservation efforts, populations of wild animals have shown a steady increase in the conservancy area.
Not only the numbers of herbivores have grown but also those of larger carnivores. As a result, incidents of livestock lost to predators intensified human-wildlife conflict within the reserve. In partnership with the Grootberg Lodge and Hobatere Lodge management the conservancy has devised a plan to lessen the impact of human-wildlife conflict.
Since the establishment of the Predator Fund, Grootberg and Hobatere Lodge donates N$50.00 to the fund for each guest sighting of a predator during an activity at the lodge. Lion, cheetah, leopard, wild cat, caracal and spotted hyena are included in the list. The fund was set up to compensate farmers for losses caused by predators.
The secondary purpose of the fund is to generate enough capital to start a lion collaring campaign. Collared lions are easier to monitor, which would help the conservancy in notifying local farmers when predators are in the area. If warned in advance, farmers can move their cattle to safer grazing and thus prevent losses.
AfriCat North, primarily the AfriCat Foundation’s field-base for lion research, human-wildlife conflict mitigation and community support, has seen its role as a lion conservation force in the Kunene Region grow exponentially. The need for a significant presence to protect lion, assist with lion-farmer conflict situations, mentor otherwise desperate farmers in predator-friendly farming practices and educate the young, grows every year. AfriCat North’s operational and project demands have increased immensely recently, largely due to the changing face of wildlife conservation closely linked to human needs.
Okonjima Lodge (Otjozondjupa Region), home of the AfriCat Foundation, supports the AfriCat Foundation’s financial needs and has for many years been AfriCat North’s major sponsor for operational costs – the funds that donors generally shy away from: vehicle maintenance, staff salaries & food, administration and communications as well as fuel expenses. Unfortunately, due to the general economic slump, this is no longer possible.
Some months ago a decision was made to rebrand AfriCat North and to begin a new chapter in Large Carnivore Conservation, with special emphasis on the lion (Panthera leo). 2020, the start of a new decade, saw the launch of the Namibian Lion Trust (NLT), with its own charitable status and an independent, enthusiastic board of trustees. The trust’s key purpose – to increase the protection of lions and to guide local communities to live alongside carnivores – will continue with the Lion Guard Programme, early warning systems for farmers in conflict areas, livestock protection techniques, research, community enhancement and education in conservation & agriculture.
In order to do this, former AfriCat North, now the Namibian Lion Trust (Reg # T298/2019), must boldly set out with renewed energy and commitment true to its creed FOR LIONS, FOR LIFE and FOR OUR FUTURE, dedicated to Panthera leo. It is essential that AfriCat North’s work continues…