Living with Wildlife Appeal – Questions and Answers

 What is the Living with Wildlife Appeal?

The Living with Wildlife Appeal is raising funds to protect people and wildlife in and around Murchison Falls National Park Uganda. The Appeal is a partnership between two charities  – Send a Cow and Tusk – and is also supported by the UK government who are matching all public donations to the appeal between 15th January – 14th April 2020.

How much do you want to raise?

We are hoping to raise at least £760,000 for the Living with Wildlife Appeal which will be matched by the UK government to make £1.52 million.

How will my donation be used?

By donating to the Living with Wildlife Appeal, you will help vulnerable families and wildlife in and around Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda as well as supporting other similar work across Africa. With your support, we can help over 7,000 families to overcome poverty while also changing attitudes to wildlife and helping protect endangered animals such as the Rothschild’s Giraffe. Give between 15th January – 14th April 2020 and the UK government will match all public donations to the Living with Wildlife Appeal – double the donation, double the impact!

Tell me more about the project

The Living with Wildlife Project will train over 7,000 families living around Murchison Falls National Park to grow their own crops so that they can have nutritious food to eat, all year round. With their newly acquired farming skills, families will soon be growing surplus crops which they can sell, earning a vital income that they can spend on sending their children to school, medicines and healthcare, or repairing their houses.

Families and young people in the area will also be supported to start their own small businesses and learn vocational skills, such as agroforestry and construction, to help them find sustainable ways of making a living that don’t endanger wildlife. This will enable people living around Murchison Falls to break the cycle of poverty permanently and will mean that they are no longer pressured to hunt within the National Park, helping to protect endangered wildlife such as the Rothschild’s giraffe.

Alongside this, the Living with Wildlife Appeal will also educate and engage local communities with conservation so that they can appreciate the value of wildlife and become guardians of the National Park. Schoolchildren will learn about environmental issues and solutions, creating young conservation champions who can discourage their families from poaching and who will themselves turn away from poaching when they grow up. Some members of the community will also be trained to become conservation volunteers, encouraging others in the community to respect wildlife.

Will Tusk or Send a Cow receive my donation?

Your donation, and the matched funding from the UK government, will support the Living with Wildlife Project in Uganda as well as supporting other similar work across Africa delivered by Send a Cow and Tusk.  If you wish to restrict your donation to a particular charity, please donate via the channels below:

Send a Cow:

Donate online: sendacow.org/livingwithwildlife
Telephone: 01225 874222

Tusk:

Donate online: tusk.org/livingwithwildlife
Telephone: 01747 831005.

Why are Send a Cow and Tusk working together?

Send a Cow and Tusk both work in Africa and are bringing together decades of experience and knowledge to protect the people and wildlife of Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda. By working in partnership, we can better support local communities to grow their own food and create sustainable livelihoods which can lift people out of poverty while also easing pressure to hunt in the nearby National Park. Working in partnership is an opportunity for both organisations to deliver their missions and to maximise their impact for the benefit of people and animals in Uganda.

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