Thanks to the AWF Conservation Schools program, more students in rural Africa will have access to a quality primary school education. But what happens once they graduate? Secondary schools can be located far from local villages and tuition can be out of reach for many poor, rural families.
Just outside Upington, South Africa, the slender grey tower shimmered in the distance like a heat mirage. You can be driving down empty highway roads for hours, passing nothing but dust devils and quiver trees, when suddenly, signs of Africa’s rapid growth and development appear in front of you.
AWF first launched African Wildlife Capital (AWC) in 2011. In the nearly three years since, AWC has moved quickly and successfully to provide financing to a variety of small and midsize African companies—and, as a result, has been able to provide another way to ensure conservation results on the continent.
If there are vultures circling above, there is a good chance you’ll find a fresh animal kill nearby.
At the start of 2014, I was traveling in Dead Vlei, Namibia. When I was in the same location a year earlier, I didn't see any jackals bothering tourists (admittedly, that could have been random luck).