Friday, August 14, 2015

August Charity of the Month: Children of the Wilderness

Charity of the Month is the way Team Tizzel is helping to support some very worthy organizations. As part of this program, we dedicate a post to a charity that we will sponsor that month.

July: We sponsored the UNICEF U.S. Fund to help victims of the earthquake that hit Nepal a few months ago. We donated $125 to UNICEF through their online link at

August's Charity:

Children in the Wildreness

We took our first trip to Africa in 2005 when we visited Botswana, Zambia, and South Africa. We fell in love with every aspect of that trip (except the long layovers in Heathrow and 11+ hour flights) which included stunning nature, close encounters with wildlife, and kind people with strong ties to their culture. Most of the great memories from our trips to Africa are associated with our guides and camp staff. They are the ones who infect you with the desire to return.

The camps we have stayed at are owned and managed by a company named Wilderness Safaris. These small camps are focused on giving guests the best natural experience Africa has to offer. They do not allow hunting, and our guides in Botswana were not armed. The safety of the animals is paramount and there will never be a swarm of vehicles invading their spaces. Wildreness Safari camps work in partnership with the local communities helping to educate and provide jobs for further sustainability. Wildreness Safaris is also working with many organizations to reintroduce the black rhino to Botswana. We look forward to returning to Wildreness Safari camps in November when we visit Namibia.

Children in the Wildreness is the charity arm of Wildreness Safaris. Their education programs give local children an appreciation for the environment and teach them how to protect it. Long term programs help to provide career opportunities in the growing safari industry, which can help lead to job opportunities anywhere around the world.

From their website:

Children in the Wilderness is a non-profit organisation supported by ecotourism company Wilderness Safaris to facilitate sustainable conservation through leadership development and education of rural children in Africa.

Insight, care and commitment are required to conserve Africa’s pristine wilderness and wildlife areas. If we are to ensure that these places continue to exist – in this generation and those to come – we need the rural children of Africa to understand the importance of conservation and its relevance in their lives. Hence, our Children in the Wilderness programme: an environmental and life skills educational programme for children, focusing on the next generation of decision-makers; inspiring them to care for their natural heritage and to become the custodians of these areas in the future.

To learn more, visit the Children in the Wildrenss website and check out the donation link to find some very affordable ways you can help.



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