Sustainable conservation is inextricably linked to the communities living among wildlife and protected lands. Without community-supported initiatives, and a focus on the future, lasting conservation legacies are not possible.
The Solar Mamas initiative empowers local women in Botswana to improve their economic prospects while providing a much-needed service to their communities through solar-powered electrical systems.
Great Plains has a strong focus on education in vulnerable rural communities bordering wildlife areas. To ensure education continues with progress there are a variety of projects from school supplies, teacher salaries, school meal support and more.
Great Plains is building bridges, in partnership with Bridging the Gap Africa, Kenya to provide a safe crossing of dangerous rivers for communities to have access to schools, clinics, the market and more.
Naboisho Womens Group
The Naboisho Womens Group in the Maasai Mara is a business venture bringing women and income that can be focussed on healthcare and education for their family.
Great Plains Earth Academy
The Great Plains Earth Academy is building upon the important relationships Great Plains Conservation and its Foundation have developed to engage local young people and adults in northern Botswana in a variety of programs that provide supplemental education, vocational skills, and scholarships.
Engaging communities in the conservation dialogue can take many forms but creating meaningful and memorable experiences around conservation is what leaves a lasting impact.
By sponsoring teachers, the impact is widely felt. Classes become smaller, more attention is given to each student. Pressure is lifted off the existing teachers an education is boosted, educating the next generation of leaders in rural communities.