Worldwide Movers Africa Ltd is an international relocation company operating in 15 African countries and they proudly display a lioness as their company logo. Like other responsible companies who recognise how important lion conservation and preservation is, Worldwide Movers Africa has chosen to support the LionAid charity because they can see how our work will actually help save lions.
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Amongst the LionAid work, Worldwide Movers Africa has chosen particularly to support our predator/livestock damage mitigation project work in Africa.
Why is the African predator/lifestock damage mitigation project so important?This project is unique and will have a really positive impact, helping to save lions because:
- It is a project conceived by the communities and will be run by the communities. This is fundamental to ensure their 'buy in' to the scheme and there is already huge enthusiasm amongst the Maasai in Kenya to be part of the first innovative pilots.
- It is sustainable for the long term - after the initial pilot project cost, there will be no further financial inputs required except for the salary of a local Project Officer (providing local jobs).
- It is directly connected to wildlife conservation - initial results show that predator/livestock conflict is reduced by 90%.
- It will provide electricity from renewable sources (solar) to rural households - that can power lights inside the house, can charge their cell phones. It is estimated that will save a household $360 per year just on lighting and mobile charging costs.
- Unlike other "compensation" schemes, this project provides 100% compensation for animals lost - a goat for a goat, a cow for a cow.
- The insurance herd, as it grows, can be sold to pay for veterinary care, dipping chemicals, school fees - as decided by the committee of Elders in each community.
How much will this project cost and what are the timescales?
The project is likely to cost in the region of just £50,000 for the first pilot for the first year to protect 50 households. Little further input will be required. Importantly additional projects will be cheaper as we can run them simultaneously and will benefit from the experiences of the pilot scheme. We are also looking to drive down the costs via bulk purchase of components.
Managing community expectation will be the hardest thing as so many communities who suffer livestock losses are keen to be included in the scheme. As the first pilot gets underway, many more will hear of the scheme across Africa and wish to be involved. This project is scalable and modular so we can adapt our speed of progress to the financial contributions available. This means that African communities and importantly lions will both directly benefit from every donation!. The scheme will be rolled out to those areas suffering from the highest predation levels so that the best return on investment is achieved.
On Behalf of African Lions LionAid Thank You For Your Support.
We are very grateful to Worldwide Movers Africa for their support to help fundraise for this important project. Worldwide Movers Africa operates in Burundi, Eritrea, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe and many of these countries will benefit greatly from this predator/livestock damage mitigation project.
There are several ways you can help Worldwide Movers Africa and LionAid protect African Lions: