Areas where we focus our attention
Sharing the benefits of conservation with community
Traditionally, Africa Foundation’s attention has focused around four primary areas: healthcare, education, business development and conservation. While slow-and-steady has always been our style – collaboration, relationship-building and buy-in from stakeholders takes time if sustainability is the goal (which it is) – the Africa Foundation’s portfolio of programmes has expanded into eight areas of considered priority.
Operating in communities surrounding the &Beyond lodge footprint in Africa, it has always been our mission to facilitate the development of people living alongside protected wildlife areas by forging unique partnerships between conservation initiatives and local communities.
Known simply as ECHO for the resonance it has across people’s lives, this Environmental Education Programme exposes communities – young and old – to the game reserves that neighbour them as well as the ins and outs of broader environmental and ecotourism topics.
We build structures and services to facilitate access to education and healthcare that support quality of life and the wellbeing of people in rural communities, which ultimately helps to underpin economic development and the realisation of dreams.
Oceans Without Borders
Oceans Without Borders is a unique collaboration between &Beyond and Africa Foundation. Bringing together broad expertise, and working intimately with coastal and island communities, OWB is dedicated to marine conservation and community development at sites where &Beyond and Africa Foundation operate.
The Community Leaders Education Fund (CLEF) provides bursaries along with psycho-social support to youth from six countries. To truly break the cycle of poverty in rural Africa, youth have to access tertiary level education to increase their employability.
Africans are quintessential entrepreneurs making a living as farmers, herders, crafters, artisans or micro-business owners. We support livelihood development and sustainability of income generation through: 1) business mentorship; 2) skill development and, 3) improving market access.
The YES programme is a business-led, joint initiative by the private sector and South African Government which assists youth in gaining work experience through job placements. Africa Foundation works as an implementing partner by making paid work opportunities available in our programmes.
With sustainability in mind, we are looking ahead at the issues that threaten the long-term vitality of the communities in which we work, most especially, climate change. We are actively pursuing programmes that will prepare our communities for what lies ahead. There are also many untapped economic benefits in the carbon economy ripe for the accessing.