Community Programs

With the Earth’s population approaching eight billion, working with local people to conserve wildlife is an urgent necessity, not an option.  There are no wild areas left on our planet that are not impacted by humans. In order to do our part in 2022, the Rowland Ward Foundation will support the following projects that benefit local people, increase wildlife and habitat and sustains fair chase hunting opportunities for hunters.

Before we list the programs, we would like to point out that the entire board of the Rowland Ward Foundation, including the director, work free of charge!

Congo

(Education, Health and Anti-Poaching)

This program is based in the northern Congo near the village of Tala-Tala on the Ngoko River.  Each year the program donates school materials to the village’s primary school.  This material empathizes that the local wildlife helps pay for the school.  In addition, the local health clinic of Tala-Tala gets donations each year.  Finally, the program pays for 4 local anti-poaching agents by equipping them with motor cycles, clothing and basic equipment.  The pristine rain forest on the Ngoko River that this program targets not only holds of iconic game animals such as bongo, sitatunga, and forest buffalo but also chimpanzees and gorillas as well as elephants which are not hunted. This program is administered via Congo Forest Safaris.

Tajikistan

(Community-Based Conservation and Co-Management)

Association of Nature Conservation Organizations in Tajikistan (ANCOT) works throughout Tajikistan making local communicates aware of the valuable wildlife resources they have in their vast mountain ranges in the form of argalis, urials ibex and markhor.  It advises 12 conservancies on developing infrastructure for tourism and hunting in each conservancy.  Throughout the year it conducts surveys in selected conservancies, reports conservation results and gives future suggestions.  ANCOT firmly believes in, and focuses on, conservation through sustainable use and community-based wildlife management. This approach motivates locals to refrain from poaching, to protect the wildlife populations while receiving benefits from their ecosystems.  Also benefiting are several key mega-fauna wild life species that are not hunted such as snow leopard and bearded vultures.  The program and is administered by ANCOT.

 

Cameroon

(Hospital, Anti-Poaching Eco-Guard Patrols, Outreach and Education via Schools)

Based the north-eastern Cameroon in Rey Bouba and around Bouba Ndjida National Park a community outreach effort here has built a hospital that is being supplied with surplus materials from Europe each season.   Every year a number Spanish doctors come over to volunteer services during the dry season.  They perform surgeries, gynecology, traumatology to name a few.   With the help of Paul Bour, director of the park, and cooperating local village chiefs are outreach programs inform the population about the damages caused by poachers and ask for their collaboration in anti-poaching efforts.  Presentations in the schools, in the local language, are giving to teach the children about the different animals, in order to increase their understanding of wild animals.   Success has come with heads of local schools asking to organize excursions with the children to the hunting camps.  Privately employed anti-poaching units are equipped with cars, radios and other equipment to locate poaching activity and camps and call in Eco-Guards and/or the local rapid response force called BIR to confront poachers if these are armed.  (Private anti- poaching personnel may not carry firearms.)  This program is run by a local NGO called Mayo Rey.

You have the ability to impact the work being done at these and other projects with a tax-deductible donation to the Rowland Ward Foundation, a US registered non-profit.  Your financial help provides continued support in the programs listed above. 

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