Who we are raising money for?
The people, communities, and habitats that need tourism dollars to survive COVID-19
Extraordinary Journeys is proud to have partners and relationships across Africa that help us plan socially and environmentally responsible safaris for our clients. During the global travel cessation, we are hearing daily about the economic collapse of tourism-supported economies in vulnerable communities and habitats.
We are donating relief funds to reputable foundations in the areas where we have worked for years. These organizations and the projects they support are highly dependent on direct contributions and earnings from travelers. We have pulled out these specific foundations because we know their revenue sources have been devastated by the pandemic.
Our goal is to offset some of the loss of tourism income that has supported communities, alleviated poverty, and kept these areas relatively free of poachers by raising $20,000 by July 31, 2020. A dollar goes a long way in these places. We sincerely hope you consider making a contribution to the Extraordinary Journeys Relief Fund.
Learn About The Organizations We're Supporting
Wilderness Safaris Trust (Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe) Wilderness Safaris contributes $1.00 for every tourist bednight to the trust, as well as from products sold and guest donations. The Trust supports anti-poaching in vulnerable areas, Children in the Wilderness program, education and community projects. Right now Wilderness is using its planes to deliver critical supplies they donate to remote villages in Botswana as well as 3 tons per month of essential foods to Rwandan villages near Bisate lodge.
Nature Conservancy Crisis Fund (Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and Zambia) The Nature Conservancy is one of the most trusted names in conservation. We are contributing to this Crisis Fund which targets select community projects that have traditionally depended on tourism for funding.
Rhino Conservation Botswana USA (Botswana) Botswana is known as a country safe from poaching. Consequently a huge project was undertaken by many partners in Africa to transport rhino from South Africa to Botswana These rhino are now under attack. The funds we donate will be used to pay for milk for baby rhinos that have been orphaned by poachers.
Cheetah Conservation Fund: (Namibia) Laurie Marker has been in the forefront of efforts to save the Cheetah from extinction in Namibia. She has been invited to apply her groundbreaking methods in Kenya and Somalia as well. Money donated to CCF will be applied to the community projects that are part of the project. Wild animals will be tolerated only when they bring benefits to the communities that harbor them. 32% of CCF funding comes directly from tourists. We would like to offset a part of that loss.
Mara North Conservancy (Kenya) The Conservancy is a unique partnership between the public and private sector, created to manage the area north of Maasai Mara game reserve. With funds generated from camps in its area, the conservancy has maintained roads and guard posts, paid wardens, provided vehicles and arms to combat poaching within the conservancy as well as in northern Tanzania. They have funds to pay salaries through September. We want to help make sure that they have funds to continue and keep all of their staff and continue their excellent governance.
Frankfurt Zoological Society (Tanzania) This area was rife with poaching until the early 2000’s Thanks to the efforts of Mara North Conservancy and Frankfurt Zoological Society it is now one of the best game viewing areas in East Africa, right up on a par with the Masai Mara, just across the border. But with staff out of work most will soon go back to setting snares for bushmeat. Unfortunately, leopard, cheetah, even elephants get caught in these snares. And without eyes on the ground, poachers will return. We are sending funding to https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1618469.MISSION POSSIBLE SERENGETI #serengetishallnotdie.
Nomad (Tanzania) Nomad has years of experience working with communities and conservation in the most remote areas of Tanzania. They have made a plea for funds to make up for lost revenue to pay salaries for conservation work. The goal is to convince communities to remain committed to conserving wildlife, whilst they struggle to provide for their families. This fund will support communities and projects near their camps - whether it is mobilising de snaring teams in the Serengeti, funding the fight against poaching and habitat encroachment in Katavi, or providing support in the protection of big carnivores in Ruaha.
African Bush Camps Foundation (Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia) Supports programs focusing on education, conservation and community empowerment. By directly linking these benefits to tourism, these communities learn to positively value wildlife and nature as resources for improving their well being.
Bush Camp Company: (Zambia) Partners with remote communities to improve their quality of life and achieve long-term conservation through programs focusing on education, conservation and community empowerment.
Time and Tide Foundation (Zimbabwe and Madagascar) relieve protected African habitats from the human pressures that compromise biodiversity by investing in social and economic projects that residents identify as important for community enrichment and that harmonize with conservation priorities. We are particularly interested in supporting their visionary projects in Madagascar.
Natural Selection Conservation Trust (Botswana) Natural Selection donates 1.5% of every dollar earned to wildlife conservation and community projects. Money contributed to the trust is meant to tide over these projects so that there will be wildlife to return to, and populations who have depended on tourist dollars will not be abandoned.
More (South Africa) The More family community trust has worked with communities for many years, supporting nursery schools and technological training that leads to real jobs. There are no tourist dollars to support these projects but even more critical is a basic lack of food in these difficult times. Our money can help supply food to communities in crisis.