Wilderness Foundation Africa in co-operation with the Kolisi Foundation, the Oak Foundation and SANParks have launched a joint initiative to provide over five hundred food care packages a month for the next 5-months, to feed identifed beneficiaries from local communities surrounding the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected rural communities dramatically, with unemployment increasing and little or no opportunities for future employment for an extended period of time. The partnership recognizes the vital role that National Parks play as socio economic drivers whilst at the same time protecting important conservation areas.
Wilderness Foundation Africa has close links with Addo Elephant National Park and over many years, with numerous graduates from our Youth Development Programme being employed in the Park and surrounding game reserves, as well as the conservation support activities that we provide to the Park itself.
This partnership also recognizes the links between conservation and sustainable livelihoods, as such an information brochure will be given out to all the beneficiaries of this food care packages project, detailing how to start a vegetable garden. In the coming months interested beneficiaries will be provided with seedlings and given assistance to start their own vegetable gardens.