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Check out our December newsletter to learn about the world's largest rhino orphanage, read new information about our 2017 annual event honoring the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, see our latest grant announcements, and get up-to-date on exciting travel news!

Happy holidays from all of us at Empowers Africa. We wish you a peaceful holiday season and a wonderful New Year!
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FROM THE EMPOWERS AFRICA BOARD OF TRUSTEES: As 2016 comes to a close, we would like to offer our gratitude to all of our incredible supporters. This has been an outstanding year of growth for Empowers Africa as we have been able to provide more financial support to outstanding organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa. We also had the opportunity to travel to many of the projects we work with in Africa and witness first-hand the impact they are having on the communities they serve and the wildlife they protect. Whether you donate, attend our events, bid on auctions or even just support us by sharing and liking our posts on social media, we greatly appreciate your involvement! Knowing we have the support of our global community makes our work more impactful and fulfilling. Please take a moment to read and enjoy our latest newsletter. Happy Holidays from all of us at Empowers Africa! 
 Empowers Africa is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting an event with the team from Care For Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary, the world's largest rhino orphanage, on January 23, 2017. The dedicated team from Care for Wild will be joined by the producers of Disunity the Film-- all of whom work tirelessly to save and rehabilitate rhinos injured in Africa's poaching crisis. The Care For Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary plays a critical role in the conservation of South Africa's rhinos and we greatly look forward to highlighting their efforts at this event. 

A cocktail reception and presentation will be held from 6:00PM-8:00PM at The River Club in New York City. To RSVP or learn more about the event, please click on the link below.
 
RSVP HERE
Empowers Africa was able to award an unprecedented number of grants in 2016. Our most recent grant recipients include: 

Care For Wild
Cheetah Conservation Fund
Children In The Wilderness
Wildlife ACT
Good Work Foundation
Wilderness Wildlife Trust

                                    
Empowers Africa is thrilled to announce that Town & Country Magazine will be the media sponsor for our 2017 annual event honoring the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit -- Africa’s first and only majority female anti-poaching team. This year’s gala event will be held on April 20, 2017 at The Explorers Club in New York City. The evening will focus on the inspiring women who work tirelessly to protect South Africa’s rhinos and other species from an increasingly sophisticated poaching threat. Our guests of honor are Black Mamba field rangers, Leitah Mkhebela and Belinda Mzimba, as well as the founder of the Black Mamba APU and Head Warden of the Balule Nature Reserve, Craig Spencer. The Black Mambas have been singular in their efforts to challenge the continued poaching crisis as well as gender norms. We greatly look forward to recognizing their important work at this year’s event!
RSVP HERE
Photo credit: Black Bean Productions
In November, Empowers Africa embarked on an incredible trip to visit some of the amazing projects we support in South Africa and Zimbabwe. A group of our trustees traveled to the Care for Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary, Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Hwange National Park and Matetsi Private Game Reserve. We hope you enjoy reading about our travels!

The Empowers Africa travelers had the privilege to visit the Care for Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary in South Africa -- a center that specializes in the capture and care of threatened species. In particular, Care for Wild plays a critical role in the protection and rehabilitation of orphaned rhinos from the Kruger region of South Africa. A team of specialized staff, veterinary doctors, volunteers and management team members work at the wildlife care and rehabilitation centre to provide the necessary rescue, support, maintenance and supervision that young orphan rhinos require. Care for Wild aims to develop the existing rehabilitation center into a secure stronghold which will eventually accommodate a viable secure breeding population of both white and black rhino. It is the ultimate goal of the sanctuary to aid in the process of re-maximizing the rhino population with the intention of preserving the species for future generations. 

Although Care for Wild specializes in the care of rhinos, they also rescue orphaned, abandoned, injured or displaced reptiles, mammals and indigenous birds. Certified veterinarians regularly visit the center to check up on the animals, while volunteers keep the facilities clean and the animals fed. Currently, Care for Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary is the largest rhino orphanage in the world.

At the sanctuary, Empowers Africa was joined by members from Disunity The Film and Black Bean Productions. We were able to see the incredible work that is being done to save these beautiful creatures. 
Thank you to Care for Wild for arranging this visit and for all that you do to protect rhinos! 

To see more pictures of the Care For Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary, please click here.
To learn more about Care for Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary, please visit www.careforwild.co.za.

Photo Credit: Upper Left: Black Bean ProductionsUpper Right: Care For Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary, Lower Left and Right: Black Bean Productions

The group had the great pleasure of visiting the impressive Singita Pamushana Lodge, situated on a 130,000 acre reserve in the heart of the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in Zimbabwe. The lodge aims to curate and sustain the diverse wildlife and ecosystems within the Reserve, while giving guests the opportunity to positively impact the surrounding communities. To see more pictures of our visit to the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, please click here and for more pictures of Singita Pamushana click here.

Singita has partnered with the Malilangwe Trust, a nonprofit conducting philanthropic outreach in the communities bordering the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in Zimbabwe. One program the group had the opportunity to visit was the Child Supplementary Feeding Program -- a program established in response to widespread malnutrition and illness among children affected by the 2002 drought. Each morning, 19,000 children aging 6 months to 12 years receive a nutritious meal prepared by volunteer mothers. The food is distributed at 436 feeding points on the outskirts of the Reserve. Only 20 USD can provide one child with a daily meal for a full year. The aim of this program is to foster physical and mental development in local children and to encourage their attendance at school. 
Empowers Africa was so pleased to visit some of the children benefitting from the Child Supplementary Feeding Program and see first-hand its positive impact! To see more pictures of our visit, please click here.

We also had the chance to visit two other excellent programs run by the Trust -- the Mwenje Primary School and the Hakamela Camp. Both initiatives serve to improve local community healthcare and education while emphasizing the importance of wildlife conservation. To see more pictures of our community visits, please click here.

The group also had the chance to stay at Wilderness Safari's spectacular Linkwasha Camp located in the southeast corner of Hwange National Park. The rich biodiversity of this park makes it one of the most important conservation areas in the world. Hwange is also home to one of the largest populations of free-ranging elephant. Through its non-profit, Wilderness Wildlife Trust, Wilderness Safaris runs vital programs in the Park, such as the Hwange Elephant Movement Study. This initiative is aimed at determining the movement of the elephant population and the extent to which population density and individual dominance status impact access to water and foraging events. When water access becomes limited, the animals rely on Hwange’s 57 boreholes, 18 of which were drilled and powered by Wilderness Safaris. To see more pictures of our visit to Hwange National Park, please click here and for Linkswasha Camp, please click here.


Wilderness Wildlife Trust also provides significant support to Hwange's Scorpion Anti-Poaching Unit to help combat poaching and snaring within the park. Economic hardship has led many local residents living near the Park to snare and trap small animals for food. However, snares are non-discriminatory and larger animals like elephant, buffalo and zebra can be caught in these traps as well, often leading to fatal wounds. The Scorpion Anti-Poaching Unit, which works in partnership with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and Wilderness Safaris in Hwange, provides manpower and resources to remove snares and arrest poachers along the boundary regions of the park. In the last four years, the Anti-Poaching Unit has removed 1,719 snares and conducted 787 patrols.

Empowers Africa travelers also visited the Ngamo Primary School located in the Tsholotsho District on the Western border of the Hwange National Park. The school's programs are supported by Children in the Wilderness. The foundation provides much needed funding for projects ranging from the purchase of exercise books and stationary to the creation of an Early Literacy Program and scholarships. We were so grateful to visit the school and see the incredible impact it has had on the community. To see more pictures of our community visit, please click here.

Thank you Wilderness Safaris and Wilderness Wildlife Trust for continuing to be crucial arbiters of wildlife protection and ecotourism throughout southern Africa. We would like to extend an additional thank you to Children in the Wilderness for empowering the local communities who surround this incredible wildlife area!

 

On November 3 in NYC, Empowers Africa co-hosted an event featuring a presentation by Dr. Laurie Marker from Cheetah Conservation Fund. 

Empowers Africa was proud to co-host an event on Nov. 3rd in NYC with leading tour operator Extraordinary Journeys to highlight the work of Dr. Laurie Marker of Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). The event raised over USD 2,000 for CCF's work in Namibia. Dr. Marker is the Executive Director of CCF and has dedicated her life to advancing the conservation of wild cheetahs. Under her leadership, Cheetah Conservation Fund has grown into a world-class research, education and conservation institution near Otjiwarongo, Namibia, situated on a 100,000 acre private reserve. We are thankful to all who were able to join us for this exciting event!

To learn more about Cheetah Conservation Fund, visit www.cheetah.org.

Would you like to contribute to the projects we support? Please donate using your credit card on our secure website portal. Click here to go to our donation page now. For memorials, honorariums, large gifts or donations with opportunities for corporate matching, please visit contact us at info@empowersafrica.org.
                                                    
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