The African Bush Camps Foundation is a registered not-for-profit organization that is committed to empowering rural communities. They partner with communities on the outskirts of wildlife areas to become economically sustainable whilst ensuring that natural resources are protected and cared for.
They believe that by partnering with these communities in establishing sustainable programs of education, income-generation, conservation awareness and holding community events, they can together improve the communal quality of life and achieve long term conservation through responsible tourism.
What they do:
In both Zimbabwe and Botswana they are involved through 4 main areas - education, income generation, community events and conservation.
1. Education - UNESCO states that through education one can address the social, economic, cultural and environmental problems faced by the world today. As such, they strongly believe that education is an integral part of sustainable development. It is valuable for developing attitudes, skills and knowledge to allow communities to make informed decisions for their own benefit. Education plays a key role in empowering individuals and communities as a whole.
2. Income Generating Projects - Through their income generating projects, the Foundation is also providing education to members of the community on environmentally sustainable methods as well as on the running of successful small enterprise businesses. In collaboration with communities, they build on available skills and resources to start income generating projects at grassroots level. Their aim is to educate community members to run trade projects successfully on a commercial scale, making sure that they are relevant, viable, sustainable and have access to the market place.
3. Community Events - they bring together people and communities through events, celebrating and promoting sports and conservation.
4. Conservation - They have endeavoured to have conservation as an underlying bedrock in all that they are involved in as a foundation, from celebrating World Environment Day in the schools right through to sponsoring the drilling of solar powered boreholes used to fill up water pans in the Hwange National Park that the wildlife make use of. The communities they work with are on the fringes of wildlife areas where the environment is already in a fragile state and human and wildlife interactions are a threat to both sides. As such, each project that they support within the communities is founded on the most environment friendly methods possible. They aim to help raise awareness in all community members, young and old, to not only conserve the land but promote long-term development through sustainable land-use practices.
How they do it:
African Bush Camps Foundation identifies needs, skills and resources within communities and creates meaningful partnerships to launch new enterprises. These partnerships stem from expertise within the community, and are nurtured and developed locally. Communities are encouraged to train and support each other through capacity building ¬- eliminating the need for highly paid specialists or staff. This in turn allows for communities to have sole ownership of projects, making them self-sustaining and independent, whilst also promoting community spirit.
In collaboration with communities, they build on available skills and resources to start income generating projects at grassroots level. Their aim is to educate community members to run trade projects successfully on a commercial scale, making sure that they are relevant, viable, sustainable and have access to the market place. The projects are based on a microfinance model, where the initial investment is paid back as part of the business plan and then used to either expand the current project or alternatively pass the capital onto another group or community to start a new project, on a revolving funding basis.
The communities they work with are on the outskirts of wildlife areas where the environment is already fragile and human and wildlife interactions act as a threat to both sides. As such, each project that they run within the community is based on the best environmental method possible. Their aim is to educate the children and members of the community to not only conserve the land but promote long-term development through sustainable land-use practices.
The Foundation works with other organisations on the ground, sharing information and making sure that together, their interaction and interventions all work hand in hand to benefit the communities and environment. They also share information on best practice models so that their methods are globally relevant and can be as successful as possible.
Through the self imposed bed night levy paid by each camp falling within African Bush Camps, all of their administration costs are covered so that 100% of each and every donation is guaranteed to go directly to the nominated project.
They fundraise through the guests visiting their camps or any other individuals who wish to contribute to a project of their choice, whether a school, a sponsorship child or income generating project.
They encourage to engage with them on a real and meaningful level where the client have the opportunity to choose the project they wish to support and have as much information and interaction on the progress of the project.
100% of every donation goes directly to that project.