The first project I came to in Zambia, was the Inyambo fish farm
. Located within the western province of Zambia, in a village of 10,000 Lozi people, is a project that stands to strengthen the community, and also help to conserve fish stocks in the Zambezi River. Lozi literally translates to mean water people, and it is surely a fitting name to a people so tied to the river. A large village, they live very much traditionally, and fish daily along the Zambezi. However, due to overfishing, fish stocks are rapidly declining, leaving
We are sitting on the porch at Tawi Lodge
in the Kilimanjaro Heartland
. Mt. Kilimanjaro is smack dab in front of us. The view is brilliant as the mountain stands with magnificent enormity. Tawi Lodge sits right in the middle of Kilitome Conservancy, a conservancy created by AWF and 100 Maasai landowners. Tawi is a luxury eco-camp opened in 2010. It is a lovely, peaceful spot in the dryland, acacia woodlands.
AWF and Tawi signed lease agreements with the landowners over two years ago.
[caption id="attachment_1845" align="aligncenter" width="224" caption="AWF's own Bernard Kissui at a screening of Disneynature's "African Cats""]
As part of the African Wildlife Foundation's philanthropy team, traveling throughout the United States visiting with the supporters who make our work possible is the greatest part of
We are in a small town called Djolu. Never heard of it? I am not surprised. This is a village in the central part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Actually, if you look at a map of Africa, Djolu looks like it is smack dab in the middle of the continent. We arrived here from Kinshasa via plane. There are no regularly scheduled flights to Djolu. We flew the approximate 900 km from Kinshasa to a small town called Basankusu, where the Lopori and Maringa Rivers meet. We have an office in Basankusu; it is a key logistical location as access to our interior projects is via the rivers.
I would like to remind all of our friends and supporters out there who are 70 1/2 years or older that you can once again make a charitable gift directly from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to AWF thanks to a provision in the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010.
The Act, which was signed into law December 17, 2010, also allows charitable distributions made from an IRA in January 2011 to be declared as 2010 gifts.