South Africa: You protect what you know
HAND IN HAND-FUND Overview
Exemplary Projects in Details
Protection of Rhinoceroses, South Africa
Hekima, a Success Story
A School for the Future of Africa
Measures against poaching, awareness raising campaign, marketing events for the promotion of tourism as alternative source of income
Amount 2012: 5,000 EUR
The Somkhanda Community Game Reserve has come up with a novel way of dealing with this problem. After the end of Apartheid, the 16,000 hectares area was awarded to the Gumbi Clan and converted into a nature preserve. The park provides ideal conditions for white and black rhinoceroses. But even here poaching is a serious problem.
Workshops are provided to teach the local residents the value of protecting the rhinoceroses. Most children had never even seen a live animal in a reserve. “People protect what they know” is the motto of this project that is generously supported by the Hand in Hand-Fund.