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April 30, 2020 | EMPOWERSAFRICA.ORG
Everything has changed 

Since our last newsletter the whole world has been impacted by COVID-19. We at Empowers Africa hope that you and yours are safe and healthy during this time. In the coming months, we will continue to be in touch with our grantees on the ground in Africa and hope to support them as best we can. Please follow us on social media for news and updates from our partners across the continent.
 
We also want to send love and support to all the rangers, scientists, health workers, conservationists, community managers and teachers who will continue to protect Africa’s wildlife and support her people through this time.  

Empowers Africa is proud to join health professionals, conservation organizations, celebrities, and others in a global movement to call on our world’s governments to permanently end the commercial trade and sale in markets of wild terrestrial animals worldwide. Together we are urging the world’s governments to recognize that this is among the most important decisions that the global community can make to prevent future pandemics and global disruption.
Every voice counts.

Sign the #ENDTHETRADE petition here
Empowers Africa Women's Day Event
Honorees of the Women's Day Event

On March 5th, 2020, just before the spread of the COVID-19 put a stop to social gatherings, Empowers Africa hosted an evening celebrating three extraordinary women and change-makers in African conservation including Amy Dickman, Ruaha Carnivore Project; Elizabeth Babalola, Director of The African Leadership University School of Wildlife Conservation; and Angel Vendeline Namshali, General Manager of Asilia’s Dunia Camp.

120 attendees gathered at The Whitby Hotel in New York City and enjoyed a series of short film screenings about the honorees and their projects, a panel discussion moderated by Klara Glowczewska, Executive Travel Editor of Town & Country, followed by a standing cocktail dinner.
 
Other guests in attendance included artist Hunt Slonem, Liliana Cavendish, Jason Binn, Laura Nicklas, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans and Andrea Greeven Douzet. Town & Country Magazine was the evening’s media sponsor, with Whispering Angel Rosé Côtes de Provence by Chateau D’Esclans as the event’s headline sponsor. 

Click here for Delia von Neauchatz's NYSD article and pics
Angel Vendeline Namshali
Angel Vendeline Namshali, Manager of Dunia Camp, Serengeti
Elizabeth Babalola
Elizabeth Babalola, Director of the ALU School of Wildlife Conservation
“I am honored to celebrate three incredible women and their remarkable work for conservation in Africa,” said Krista Krieger, Chair of the Board & Executive Director of Empowers Africa.“I am thrilled at the success of this year’s event and amazed at the fantastic turnout we had in support of our commitment to land conservation, wildlife protection, and community development in Sub-Saharan Africa. I thank everyone for their attention to these important women and the projects they champion.” 
L - R: Elizabeth Babalola, Angel Vendeline Namshali, Amy Dickman, Klara Glowczewska
Project Visits in Kenya

In February, a group from the Empowers Africa Board and their friends spent time summiting Lenana Peak of Mt. Kenya and visited several exceptional wildlife protection organizations including, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Big Life Foundation and Tsavo Trust. 

Click Here to read an article about the trip by Empowers Africa Trustee Allison Freeland.  

The Mt. Kenya trip was organized by Charity Travel LLC & Africa Born.

Click here for more photos from Mt. Kenya

The group visited with Big Life Foundation in Amboseli National Park and were lucky enough to see Tim before his untimely death at age 50 from natural causes. Tim was one of Kenya’s most famous elephants and one of the continent’s last super tuskers, his tusks each weighing in excess of 100 pounds. The group was so blessed to have met this gentle giant.

Big Life Foundation protects over 1.5 million acres of wilderness and is the first organization in East Africa with co-ordinated anti poaching teams on the Tanzania/Kenya border. Big Life Foundation's success is largely due to their model of partnering with communities and making them part of the solution. This remarkable foundation has changed the fate of the elephants in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem by nearly eliminating poaching of them entirely.

Find out more about
Big Life Foundation and Amboseli National Park.

Click here for more photos from Big Life Foundation

The group visited three David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust projects, Orphans' Project in Nairobi and two reintroduction camps, Ithumba Hill and Umani Spring. 

The Orphans' Project in Nairobi has achieved world-wide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program. 262 elephant and 17 rhino orphans have been successfully raised, and 36 babies have been born to wild-living orphan elephants.

The Ithumba Hill Reintroduction Camp is home to 30 orphans aged 3 to 7 years. Since 2004, over 100 orphans have been released into the wild from this location. 70 of those are completely reintegrated into the wild and live amongst wild elephants. The others have formed orphan herds within the wild and 10 have had babies!

The Umani Springs Reintegration Unit is located in the Kibwezi Forest and is home to older orphaned elephants that suffered heart-breaking trauma, both physical and psychological, at the hands of humans.  With help from donations, 156 orphaned elephants have returned back to a wild life, with several even going on to have wild born babies.

Learn more about David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Click here for more photos from the Orphans' Project
Click here for more photos from Ithumba Hill
Click here for more photos from Umani Springs

The group visited with Tsavo Trust and met with co-founder and CEO Richard Moller. Richard is one of the country’s most respected hands-on conservation project managers. He is a passionate conservationist and brings over 15 years of practical field experience in wildlife conservation. 

The last remaining super tuskers of Tsavo are an iconic national treasure being protected by Tsavo Trust. This Kenyan based conservation organization provides aerial and ground support in order to protect the 8 remaining super tuskers and approximate 26 emerging super tuskers, as well as other important species such as black rhino. Tsavo Trust is also a key partner to the Kenya Wildlife Service


Click here to learn more about Tsavo Trust.

Click here to see more photos from Tsavo Trust

Nairobi National Park is located right outside the city's business center and boasts a wide variety of species. Established in 1946, the national park was Kenya's first. It is located approximately 7 km (4 mi) south of the centre of Nairobi, Kenya's capital city. Despite its proximity to civilization, and relative small size for an African national park, migrating herbivores gather in the park during the dry season, and it is one of Kenya's most successful rhinoceros sanctuaries.

Click here to see more photos from Nairobi National Park
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