BACKUP COMMUNITY BENEFITS

Outreach and Education

We have twinned local village schools with international schools under the Kids 4 Cats programme. The international schools raise a minimum of US$500 annually for their school, which provides critically needed items such as schoolbooks and desks. So far, ten schools have been twinned, and we are keen to do more, so please let us know if you know of a school which might be interested in supporting a Tanzanian village school. Primary school is compulsory for Tanzanian students, but many people don’t send their children to secondary school due to the cost. Therefore, we developed the ‘Simba Scholarships’ initiative, where we provide fully-funded scholarships through all four years of secondary school to the most promising pastoralist girls and boys. To date, we have had 22 Simba Scholars.

Simba Scholars are supported through their secondary schooling, providing benefit for the indivdual scholars, their families and their villages.  The cost to US$2,000 per student and RCP is keen to expand the programme to more students.

 

Kids 4 Cats is a school-twinning programme where local schools are ‘adopted’ by international schools at around US$500, which is used to buy much needed education material and equipment.

 

Porridge project – No one likes to go to school hungry, so RCP and our partners make sure that local scholars have full tummies when they’re at school – this increases attendance and attainment, employs local women and is a major benefit in villages where there is very little food security.

 

   DVD nights and Park trips provide insights into conservation and species in a fun, no-threatening environment.  To date more than 20 000 attendees have enjoyed DVD nights and more than 650 people have been on Park trips.

Healthcare

Clinic
Telemedicine (future)

Veterinary and Health services

Reducing carnivore attacks on stock is vital for reducing conflict, but it is not nearly enough on its own. For people to truly want carnivores and other wildlife around, they must get direct, tangible benefits from their presence. We asked villagers which benefits they would most appreciate, and they selected three themes – education, healthcare and veterinary medicine – so we developed initiatives for each theme.

For healthcare, we provided invaluable medical supplies to Kitisi clinic at the heart of the study area, with a focus on maternal and infant health, while for veterinary medicine, we provided subsidised, good quality veterinary medicines to households which had enrolled in our boma programme. These initiatives have been very successful, but we found that people were appreciating the project and not necessarily the wildlife directly.

Therefore, during 2015, we started the community camera-trapping programme, where villagers are trained and employed to place camera-traps on village land, and images of wildlife generate points, which then translate into schoolbooks, clinic supplies and veterinary medicines. This has been very popular and successful, and people are now tying the benefits directly to wildlife presence. So far, we have had 8 villages involved, but in 2016 will expand this model programme to 12 villages – more than half those around Ruaha.

So far, we have invested over US$58,000 in targeted benefits (approximately US$20,000 in healthcare, US$30,000 in education and US$8,500 in veterinary assistance) as well as an additional US$86,000 through local benefits such as employment. These benefits should make local households more economically secure, prove to local people the direct value of wildlife, and most importantly, reduce carnivore conflict and killing.