Jun 29, 2021

Quarter 2 Update:

Thank you to our Donors, Fundraisers and Supporters!

Celebrating World Earth Day and Quarter 2 Successes!

The negative consequences of the pandemic were far reaching in every corner of the world, the province of Limpopo in South Africa included. The dramatic and sudden lockdown saw the closure of many local wildlife tourism businesses, putting a huge strain on the landowners and shareholders of Private Game Reserves that relied on this revenue to continue protecting its wildlife and supporting its people. The good news though, is the beginning of 2021 brought back some hope - in the form of our international visitors returning!

Here on Karongwe Private Game Reserve, GVI Limpopo operate in partnership with the reserve owners and management teams to assist with the monitoring of the wildlife here, benefiting the Anti-Poaching Unit (extra eyes and ears out and about) as well as the reserve manager (updating them with all wildlife movement and events). Our collaboration with GVI Charitable Programs enables us to obtain crucial funds which help our project stay alive!

Since our last report, and in honor of World Earth Day on the 22nd of April, the staff and participants of GVI Limpopo organised a week’s worth of challenges to raise funds for our project between the 19th - 23rd of April. We hit our goals of replanting three Marula tree saplings from our tree nursery back onto the reserve, as well as picking up litter from the entire R36 fenceline! This 18km tar highway runs parallel to a main highway, so unfortunately a lot of unwanted rubbish finds its way onto the reserve through the fence. Thanks to the amazing efforts of our staff and volunteers we managed to do our part in cleaning up our small but treasured section of the earth, with over 15 large garbage bags to show for it!
The engagement we received from our alumni and partners during this week was incredible, and we managed to fundraise almost US$300! Watch this space, as with these amazing donations we hope to purchase higher quality batteries to power all 52 of our sponsored Cuddeback flash camera traps, as right now we can only afford to place 20 out on the reserve with our current available batteries. With more camera traps out on the reserve we will be able to better monitor animal (and potentially people) movements across the reserve, directly benefiting both our wildlife database as well as the reserve management team in their attempt to keep track of vulnerable wildlife movements, such as the near threatened White Rhino.

None of this could be possible without your generous support. Since we’ve reopened our hub in January 2021, our work and impact in the area has continued to increase, and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for our program!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for your support and engagement in our projects.

May 6, 2021

Thank you

Environmental Awareness presentation
Environmental Awareness presentation

Dear Supporter

We wanted to reach out and send a huge thank you to you for supporting our efforts around The 6th Mass Extinction campaign.

Over 500 plus people across 18 countries joined The 6th Mass Extinction campaign, to raise awareness of the conservation and climate crisis we are all causing, and which comes to an end today. Project staff, community members and supporters took actions to highlight the issues and actions we can all take, as individuals. Actions highlighted included reducing their consumption of meat, plastics, power and freshwater, buying and growing local produce, reusing and recycling of materials and goods, running environmental awareness sessions, removing waste from the environment, planting inidenous trees. 

Here in Mahe, we ran several envioornmental awareness sessions and workshops, which included presentations, a game of "How long till its gone?, community snorkels to learn about and appreciate the local natural resources, and a community lead beach cleam, removing anthroganic waste from the nnatural enviornment. On the beach clean, between us we collected and removed over 75 kgs of waste. The most common tems were plastic bottles, flip-flops, plastic bags, small plastic pieces and pieces of foam. 

Through the course of the campaign, we also raised ver 1,000 USD towards our critical conservation and climate project. We’d like to say a huge thank you from us, our project staff and community members to all of the fundraisers and donors who came together to achieve this, and to everyone who told their stories and took example actions. Those actions have inspired further commitments from individuals and communities to change their decisions and choices, and will funnds will help us gather the data to be able to assess the changes to the reef caused by the current bleachig event. Please do not let it stop there, by maintaining the commitment to keep reducing the harm we cause, we can all help to avert the crisis, together! 

Thank you so much from us all here in Seychelles, and all the very best

Mo and the Seychelles project team.

Waste removed from the marine environment
Waste removed from the marine environment

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May 6, 2021

Thank you

Dear Supporters

We wanted to send a huge thank you to the 500 plus people across 18 countries who joined The 6th Mass Extinction campaign, to raise awareness of the conservation and climate crisis we are all causing.

Around the world, people highlighted the issues and actions we can all take, as individuals. Example actions included reducing their consumption of meat, plastics, power and freshwater, buying and growing local produce, reusing and recycling of materials and goods, running environmental awareness sessions, removing waste from the environment, and planting indigenous trees. 

Through the course of the campaign, we also raised over 3,500 USD to support critical conservation and climate action projects. We’d like to say a huge thank you from our project partners and community members to the fundraisers and donors who achieved this, and to everyone who told their stories and took example actions. They have inspired commitments from other individuals and communities to change their decisions and choices. Please do not let it stop there, maintain the commitment to keep reducing the harm we cause and we can all help to avert the crisis, together! 

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Thank yuou once again

Steve Gwenin

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