Conservation & Social Responsibility.
Africa Inscribed's ethos is conservation and community.
The two are so interconnected by virtue of their natural locations and dependence on each other, that to separate them now is a mistake.
Conservation initiatives are funded by tourism. The funds paid to operators have a percentage that is diverted to the burdening conservation-based activities that have been put in place by the operators. Invariably these are behind the scenes and so fail to generate the direct recognition they warrant.
The communities benefit considerably from the establishment of safari camps, and the main thrust of this benefit is to provide security in the form of employment income , food and water supplies. This gives them the incentive to stop them poaching wildlife and other resources like fire wood.
Communities benefit directly and indirectly from tourism. The foremost of these benefits is directly from employment of the local people, who are paid weekly or monthly for service. This service comes in several forms:
- Staff are recruited for the safari camps. They are trained to fulfil different roles in the camps, and eventually the organisation that employs them.
- The villagers are trained to grow various fresh goods required by the camp or camps. Seed and skills are provided free to empower them to earn a living.
- Health facilities are invariably provided by the camps, either in the form of mobile clinics, or informal camp ‘sick parade’ for minor ailments.
- Schooling is often funded by the camps for their staff or the nearest village. (Many governments do not fund these rural schools adequately.)
- Provision of ground water, piped to a dispersal point. This removes the risk by the women and girls of the village from being killed by crocodiles or other wildlife as they walk long distances to fill water pots and drums.
Africa Inscribed has developed separate private initiatives that guests may participate in, by pre-arrangement.
These consist of :
Providing the infrastructure to install a simple BIO-GAS system into a home, fuelled by livestock dung. Guests opt to pay for this simple mechanism which is locally produced, and then may devote a few hours to helping the villagers actually build it.
Guests whose kids may have helped raise money for this are especially excited about this. It also gives them a new perspective on life outside their comfort zone!
This has many benefits: 1. It obviates the need to spend hours each day walking long distances to fetch fire wood for cooking and heating, and the inherent risks from wildlife during this time.
Water borne diseases affect every rural person in Africa. The donation of simple, but hugely effective water filter systems is another very important gift from guests. These too may be installed with the guests, depending on where the village is.
Malaria is still a big killer of humans in Africa. Donating mosquito nets to villagers and showing them how to erect them effectively is a simple yet meaningful gift as well. Again, these are sourced locally, and purchased ahead of time, in order for them to be available as a donation by guests.