Here we provide detail on specific programs that we are seeking funding for. If you feel you can assist us with any of these needs please do not hesitate to contact us.
1. African Lion Rehabilitation & Release into the Wild Program
Since 1975, the African lion population has decreased by an estimated 80-90%. If we do not take action now, we could soon lose the King of Beasts. The four-stage African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Program aims to create a source of disease free lions for reintroduction into the wild to complement in-situ conservation efforts. This program is costly to run and requires on-going support if it is to succeed. Through our partners much of the costs have already been funded, however we need your help if we are to complete our work.
The expense of leasing large pieces of land for release sites, and erecting a secure boundary fence for these areas is high. ALERT relies on large funding institutions to fund these important areas of the program. However, that doesn’t mean that your sponsorship can’t make a real difference. ALERT urgently needs funds to help support the maintenance of these release areas and the research programs being undertaken within them to gather important data on pride dynamics. To allow the pride to be completely self-sustaining - as it would be in the wild - the site is populated with prey species. Again, this costs money, but is vital to the success of the program. We also need assistance to fund feasibility studies prior to the release of the lions into appropriate parks.
No matter what your circumstances, you can make a difference. Please make a donation, adopt a lion, join our pride as an individual, show your corporate pride or purchase an item from our gift shop today.
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2. Vulture Population Monitoring
Vultures play an important ecological role by rapidly consuming the remains of dead animals; preventing these carcasses from acting as host to various diseases that may spread to wildlife and livestock. These species are also important in ecosystem nutrient cycling (breaking down nutrients to release their energy back into the food chain), and in leading other scavenging mammals and birds to carcasses. We are currently seeking GB£1,330 to pay for additional research equipment to make this survey of vulture populations more effective. For more information about this project click here.
3. Elephant monitoring & conflict mitigation around Mosi-oa-Tunya NP, Zambia
The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, in Southern Zambia, and its surrounding environs support a significant, largely seasonal, population of elephants. Local communities suffer from crop-raiding, damage to property and the risk to human life, whilst the Park itself is subject to intense utilisation and destruction by the elephants during peak months (May to October). A trial in 2013 of a lighting system, that has been effective in deterring elephants in Kenya, showed positive results in Zambia. We are currently seeking funding to extend this monitoring program and to implement a large scale-trial of the lighting system, alongside a variety of conflict mitigation measures. For more information about this project click here.
4. The ALERT Education Centre (AEC)
The ALERT Education Centre (AEC) project was developed to undertake a variety of empowerment programs through classes, workshops, internships, facilitated research placements and field trips.
In 2013 ALERT opened its first classroom dedicated to conservation education for local children in Gweru, Zimbabwe. The classroom offers attending pupils a six to eight week conservation education course following a specially created curriculum which covers topics such as:
- What is conservation?
- African animals
- African big cats
- African habitats
- African countries
- Tracks and signs
Each and every lesson is planned and managed by our full time teacher Staben Porovha in Africa’s ‘most-colourful’ classroom.
During its first year, the classroom saw over 340 local children graduate from the conservation education course and leave with sense of pride in their nation’s natural heritage and greater understanding of the role they play in its conservation.
In 2014 we hope to open the classroom doors to more children and offer a Conservation Club on the last Saturday of every month where past and current students can visit the classroom to enjoy meeting other pupils, re-cap on their favourite topics and watch natural history films.
It is crucial that ALERT is able to source adequate funding to provide the following:
- Transport to and from the classroom for pupils
- Cleaning supplies
- Teacher monthly salary
- Graduation certificate production
These costs add up to £456 / $743 and provide for classes of 15 to 20 pupils.
We are also in need of the following resources for the monthly Conservation Club:
- DVD player
- Natural history DVDs
- Board games
If you are able to support the AEC by supplying any of these resources, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the address to send your donations to.
5. Developing and providing infrastructure to Maunga Primary School
Maunga Primary School is the only school serving this rural community, with around 200 pupils. Currently the school is only able to provide education up to grade 7 (aged 14). To complete their compulsory education up to grade 9 (aged 16), pupils must travel a minimum of 20km to the nearest available school. As a result many do not attend, staying at home or often opting to work in illegal activities such as poaching. Additional school buildings on the existing school site will release pressure on the current infrastructure and crucially allow for the provision of teaching at grades 8 and 9, thereby increasing educational standards and providing the community’s children with a better future. We are seeking US$21,555 to undertake the necessary building work to create the additional classroom space. For more information about this project click here.
6. Building a new orphanage for the Midlands Children’s Hope Centre (MCHC)
The Midlands Children Hope Centre (MCHC) was founded in 1996 as a response to the growing numbers of street children living in Gweru; Zimbabwe’s third largest city. The Centre works with orphans and vulnerable children to:
- Provide shelter, food and clothing, with the long-term aim of reuniting them where possible with their families
- Equip them with life skills and counselling in order for them to become self-reliant and gain an education
- to advocate for the rights and needs of these children and encourage local community involvement in their long-term welfare
ALERT, through its Communities Trust division (ACT), is seeking funding to carry out building work on the new site of the MCHC orphanage on land donated by Antelope Park. While the number of children living on the street continues to increase annually, the MCHC is still housed in the same building it began life in nearly two decades earlier. The orphanage is severely limited in space, with extremely basic facilities and little room for washing and cooking. With only 14 beds in five bedrooms, MCHC is currently housing between 24 and 30 children. In such confined conditions, the orphanage is only able to accommodate boys. New custom-built premises would allow the organisation to reach out to much greater numbers of vulnerable homeless children; in total 80 boys and girls, rescuing them from the severity of life on the street and offering them a brighter future.
Groundwork has already been undertaken in preparation for building to commence, but funding support for materials and labour costs is urgently required before this can happen. To download the pdf with more information click here.
7. Securing the future of the MCHC Drop-in Centre
ALERT, through its Communities Trust (ACT) division, is seeking funding to assist Midlands Children's Hope Centre towards the sustained provision of a Drop-in Centre for children living on the streets, with the aim of rehabilitating and reunifying them with their families. A community kitchen at the Drop-in Centre caters for the city’s urban destitute with a free daily meal for them and the street children. In all, around 20 people benefit from the Centre every day, Monday to Friday. Without it, they would go hungry and many would be forced into criminal activities to survive.
The Centre has recently moved to a temporary location, having been required to vacate its previous premises at short notice. The current facility is adequate as an interim measure, but with only a basic squat toilet and shower, plus three additional small rooms, it is not suitable for the long-term needs of the Centre. The purchase of new premises would prevent the expense of monthly rental costs, allowing that money to be used instead to finance the rehabilitation and reunification program. It would also allow Midlands Children Hope Centre to create a more secure, long-term future for the Drop-in Centre for the benefit of the local community.
To download the pdf with more information click here.