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It would not be possible to achieve our objectives with out the generous support and hospitality from the following organisations and their staff who are sponsoring the Three Journeys Round project.  Sponsors may not associate their brand with Save the Children or Motivation.  

 

We APPRECIATE it and we THANK YOU.

The Trust for African Rock Art (TARA) is an international, Nairobi-based organisation committed to recording the rich rock art heritage of the African continent, to making this information widely accessible and, to the extent possible, safeguarding those sites most threatened by humans and nature.

 

Nelson Mandela said “Africa’s rock art is the common heritage of all Africans, but it is more than that.  It is the common heritage of humanity.”

 

The Genographic project, National Geographic:  When humans first ventured out of Africa about 60,000 years ago, they left genetic footprints still visible today.  By mapping the appearance and frequency of genetic markers in modern peoples, we create a picture of when and where ancient humans moved around the world.  These great migrations eventually led the descendants of a small group of Africans to occupy even the farthest reaches of the Earth.

Our species, Homo sapien, is an African one:  Africa is where we first evolved, and where we have spent the majority of our time on Earth.

TARA works closely with communities where rock art is found as well as with national and international heritage bodies including the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.  Enabling the local, living custodians to manage humankind’s earliest artistic and cultural expressions supports their sustainable development.   David Coulson of TARA is helping the Three Journeys Round project to highlight at least the following rock art:

  • Niger - Big Giraffes of Dabous

  • Botswana - Tsodilo Hills World Heritage site

  • Namibia - Phillipp Cave, a national monument site

  • South Africa - Bushman paintings

  • Tanzania - Moru Koppies south of Seronera

  • Kenya - Rock art at the southern end of Lake Turkana

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Kofi Annan

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National Geographic

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The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is the global leader in research and conservation of cheetahs.  In 1900 an estimated 100,000 cheetah roamed Africa and Asia.  Today there are fewer than 10,000 remaining.  The cheetah is the oldest of all the big cats, and sadly is it also Africa's most endangered big cat.

Having worked with cheetahs since 1974, Dr. Laurie Marker established CCF in 1990 and relocated to Namibia from Washington, DC.  CCF's highly successful and groundbreaking conservation programs are based at their permanent International Field Research and Education Centre in Otjiwarongo, Namibia, which is more popularly known as "The Cheetah Capital of the World."

Dr. Marker has been recognized as a Time Magazine Hero for the Planet and has appeared in many international television documentaries talking about the cheetah and her holistic conservation approach.  In 2010 she was awarded the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and in 2015, she was bestowed with an Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal, the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award

and the Ulysses S. Seal Award for

Innovation in Conservation.

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Over the past 25 years, CCF has been working in Namibia to develop a model that enables humans and cheetahs to live and thrive together.

 

And, it is working!  Now CCF needs the resources to scale up in other cheetah range countries, to provide a permanent solution to the cheetah conservation crisis.

Of the 15 million children under 18 years who have been orphaned as a result of AIDS worldwide, 12 million live in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

In many areas, children have been left to fend for themselves as the disease has killed not only their parents, but their grandparents and siblings as well, creating hundreds of thousands of 'child-headed' households - a term that cannot adequately convey the desperation involved.

Mothers for All exists to provide income-generation projects and life skills training for the caregivers of children made vulnerable or orphaned by AIDS.  It focuses on women – the main primary caregivers in Botswana and South Africa.  These women receive the money for the products they make, which are sold both locally and internationally.

Some trained caregivers become trainers for newly recruited caregivers.  The training has also expanded to permaculture and food cultivation, and an environmental awareness program.  Mothers for All facilitate the meeting of women in similar situations, who can benefit from the opportunity to share experiences, problems and knowledge.

“There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

Nelson Mandela

Ker & Downey Botswana is committed to providing the highest quality wildlife and adventure safari experience, whilst preserving the delicate environment and natural beauty of BotswanaKDB strive to maintain standards of excellence within the industry whilst fostering economic and social development of the local communities and Botswana.

 

KDB supports Bana Ba Letsatsi (which means Children of the sun), a charity supporting vulnerable, orphaned and at risk children living in Maun.

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Joint Aid Management (JAM) is an African founded and headquartered, international humanitarian relief and development organisation, operating sustainable aid programs targeting the most vulnerable people throughout the African continent.  JAM has been at the forefront of the war against hunger since 1984, when founder, Peter Pretorius, was left stranded in Pambarra, Mozambique.  There he witnessed the horrific consequences of starvation with children dying everyday around him.  Together with his wife Ann Pretorius, they resolved to commit their lives to the eradication of hunger in Africa.

JAM’s development as an organisation closely mirrors the strong development progress in the countries where it works.  Today JAM uses its complete community development assistance approach to provide:

  • Nutritional food, water and sanitation.

  • Health and social programs including HIV/Aids training, small-holder farmer assistance, skills development, nutrition and health education.

  • Education, technical training and transitional finance to improve lives.

  • Linkages to sustainable commercial business to create better lives.

 

JAM has sustainable development programs in Angola, South Africa and Mozambique that the Three Journeys Round project will visit.

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Central African Wilderness Safaris provide specialist eco-tourism based safaris whilst protecting Malawi’s areas of pristine wilderness.  CAWS strive to preserve Malawi’s natural heritage and the biodiversity it supports, whilst involving local communities in the process.

 

CAWS supports Children in the Wilderness, a non-profit organisation that facilitates sustainable conservation through leadership development and education of rural children in Africa.

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Virunga National Park is one of the most biologically diverse protected areas on the planet.  It is also a geologic wonder and contains two of the world’s most active volcanoes.  UNESCO designated it as a World Heritage Site in 1979.  However, for much of its history, the park has been severely threatened by armed conflict.  Thanks to the dedication of the park’s rangers and wardens, Virunga has been able to survive.

 

Born of a Congolese commitment to the protection of the park, the Virunga Alliance aims to foster peace and prosperity through the responsible economic development of natural resources for four million people who live within a day’s walk of the park’s borders.  The main sectors for development include energy, tourism, agro-industry, sustainable fisheries, and infrastructure

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Sirikoi is viewed as one of the top lodges in Kenya and it was recently added to the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List for 2016.  It is a beautiful tented camp set in a peaceful glade surrounded by Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.  Sirikoi’s commitment to community development and sustainable practices were reflected in its award as the overall winner of Ecotourism Kenya Eco-Warrior Eco-rated Lodge of the Year for 2015.

 

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy works as a catalyst for the conservation of wildlife and its habitat.  It does this through the protection and management of species, the support of community conservation and development programmes, and the education of neighbouring areas in the value of wildlife.  The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy has become renowned worldwide for its innovative and highly successful conservation strategies.

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Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Il Ngwesi - People of Wildlife

Il Ngwesi Group Ranch manages its land to support both environmental and wildlife conservation and community development.  The community also owns and manages the world famous Il Ngwesi Eco-lodge which attracts international tourists and which generates funds for community development priorities including education, health and local livelihoods.  Il Ngwesi stands as the only 'up market' safari destination in Kenya that is genuinely owned and managed by the community and as such offers a unique contribution to sustainable development in Kenya.

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Turkana Basin Insititute

Turkana Basin Insitute, Turkwell is a research institution supporting scientific projects in the Turkana Basin, Kenya.  Turkana has helped produce the world’s richest record of human pre-history and a fossil heritage stretching back over 100 million years.  Humans can trace their origins because of the many discoveries unearthed there -  Turkana it is the birthplace of mankind.  An incredible story unfolds here of migrations across the world that all connect back to Turkana.

 

Turkana Basin is also home to a landscape of extraordinary beauty, five national parks two of which are world heritage sites and Lake Turkana. The sustainable development of the science park and eco tourism in Turkana working with the community will leave a stunning legacy for Kenya as it develops economically, reduces poverty and improves education & health.

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