Anti-poaching, Community Development, Research & GIS Mapping – Tanzania

Education

Olosiva Primary School Update

Many wonderful things have been happening at the Olosiva Primary School! FCF continues to enjoy a great partnership with this school outside of Arusha and promises to continue various projects aimed at enhancing the school infrastructure, programs, student life and surrounding community in the future.  The Olosiva children, community and FCF are excited to share some recent progress on a few of our largest endeavors…

As you will see, we have made progress towards leveling the athletic playing field, and organized soccer practice and competitions for the students. The Mzuri Wildlife Foundation assisted in making this happen. Amrin Remtulla, one of the high school students from the International School in Arusha, decided to get involved in strengthening the sports program at the Olosiva Primary School as part of her student project. She designed lesson plans and assisted the sports teacher in incorporating those plans into the Olosiva curriculum. This effort culminated in a soccer competition for the students at the Friedkin Recreation Centre in Arusha. The school and students were thrilled to participate in this first-ever tournament and, given the level of enthusiasm for the event and success of the student-led effort, we hope to make it an annual tradition for the students, teachers and community to enjoy!

The Mzuri Wildlife Foundation continues to sponsor the school lunch program, which offers each student a hot meal in the middle of the school day. To date, this program has had a tremendous impact on student attendance, academic performance and overall health. These nutritious meals are paying off in so many ways, including smiles!

FCF also just successfully completed the drilling of a borehole on the Olosiva campus, which will provide the Olosiva community, children and teachers with sustainable access to clean water.

Two generous families provided 500 book sacks for the students. The children are so grateful for this gift! Checkout Elliot’s delivery to the school, filled with lots of excitement:

In June 2011, we received a request from the school board to assist in the completion of the preschool. The kindergarten class could not accommodate the students enrolled, and the school was expanding their facilities to include a preschool classroom. The parents raised $5,612 but needed an additional $5,500 to complete the building. FCF provided a special donation of $3,000 and successfully secured the remaining balance of $2,500 from a generous donation by two families who visited the school. The Preschool at Olosiva was finally completed this week and plans to start using this facility are in the works!

In addition, FCF also secured funds for the construction of a small playground with a swing set, see-saw, slide and jungle gym (like the ones in the picture below) for the younger children and we plan to have this equipment installed very soon.

One of the challenges in the Olosivia school community is the lack of student text books and reference books. We were able to raise $1,500 to purchase books and teaching materials for the students and we plan to deliver these important tools to the school next week.

The improvements in the lives of the Olosiva Primary School students and surrounding community are encouraging. With your support, we are having a lasting impact in the Olosiva community. You can continue to follow our work with the Olosiva Primary School here. We look forward to sharing more updates and milestones in our efforts very soon. The students wish to thank the community of supporters, donors and enthusiasts who have made these enhancements to the Olosiva Primary School possible.

Asante Sana!


Big accomplishments for FCF Private Ranger

Boniphace  Haule has been in South Africa since  the beginning of October completing his microlight pilot training. Boni, as he is known on the ground, is the FCF anti-poaching Mobile Coordinator and was elected by his peers for pilot training in September.

Boni reports back to the Tanzanian FCF office, “I have managed to fly 12.5hrs solo up to yesterday. I have managed to get all my exams done and passed. The stress load is now less in my mind. Will just have to finish up with my solo cross-country for the rest of the hours (2.5hrs) which is not an issue together with the flight test.  I can say up to the moment things are back into good shape.”  In addition to flight training, Boni also completed technical maintenance training such as engine repair.

When he returns to Tanzania, he will be the only current Tanzanian microlight (trike) pilot in the country and we’re very excited to have him back!

FCF would like to congratulate Boni for his hard work and great accomplishments to become a microlight pilot – we look forward to having him back in Tanzania to help patrol the skies!  Photos below of Boni completing his pilot training both in the air and on the ground.


Training a New Generation of Wildlife Officers in Africa

Below is a press release from the Dallas Safari Club in regards to their continued financial support of FCF’s student scholarship program.  We thank them for their commitment and value them as a dedicated supporter of worldwide conservation!  Asante sana!

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DALLAS (July 6, 2011)—Poaching, habitat loss and the complexities of managing Earth’s most diverse collection of game species—all on a continent stressed by civil war, humanitarian crises and corruption—are among the issues awaiting a new generation of wildlife officers in Africa.

MWEKA Wildlife College - Tanzania

An ambitious new class of future wildlife officers now receiving formal education in Tanzania includes four students sponsored by Dallas Safari Club (DSC).

“Our club is very proud to help shape the future of conservation in Africa,” said DSC Executive Director Ben Carter. “There are many challenges but I’m confident that with enough education and appreciation of the benefits that hunting brings to Africa, the challenges can be conquered.”
DSC is partnering with the Friedkin Conservation Fund to help fund the students’ education.

All four students are products of the College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka, in Moshi, Tanzania. Coursework includes wildlife law enforcement and legislation, wildlife policies and strategies, principles and techniques of wildlife management, ornithology, mammalogy, herpetology, archeology, animal physiology, vertebrate anatomy, community conservation of wildlife, tourism management, wildlife resource economics, wildlife population ecology, wildlife nutrition and more.

The DSC-sponsored students include Jacquelin Jordan, Julius Makarot, Veronica Mollel and Frank Riziki.

In a letter, Makarot expressed what scholarships mean to him, his people and the wild resources of his country: “I have been facing a lot of financial difficulties within my studies but I have come to realize that Dallas Safari Club and Friedkin Conservation Fund will bring a lot of changes and solutions through financial aid for my future career. Wildlife management is the course I loved since I was young and through your support my dreams are being fulfilled. The knowledge I am getting will help my Maasai community and Tanzania to be able to take care of the wildlife for future generations. Also, my education will help young Maasai men to have desire to continue with their studies as I will be a role model for them. They will learn the importance of education. This will all bring a big change among Massai towards development of conservation.”

About Dallas Safari Club (DSC)
Desert bighorns on an unbroken landscape, stalking Cape buffalo in heavy brush, students discovering conservation. DSC works to guarantee a future for all these and much more. An independent nonprofit organization since 1982, DSC has become an international leader in conserving wildlife and wilderness lands, educating youth and the general public, and promoting and protecting the rights and interests of hunters worldwide. Get involved at http://www.biggame.org.

About Friedkin Conservation Fund (FCF)
The Friedkin Conservation Fund (FCF) is a registered (U.S. and Tanzanian) nonprofit, nongovernmental organization incorporated in 1994 (Certificate of Registration SO.NO.9807). Our role is to assist the Tanzanian government with the conservation and preservation of more than 6.1 million acres of Tanzania’s protected areas. We achieve this through our internationally recognized anti-poaching initiative, our innovative community development program and our field research projects.

Media contact: Steve Wagner, Blue Heron Communications, 800-654-3766 or steve@blueheroncomm.com


Intensive training for our anti-poaching rangers!

Poaching remains one of the greatest threats to conservation in Africa. Combating poaching has therefore become a national and international priority. Field rangers (also known as game scouts or game guards) are the front line staff in the anti-poaching efforts. The field rangers are working to protect conservation areas according to established national and international law in the struggle to eliminate poaching.

A well-trained field ranger force is also one of the most effective strategies for ensuring that the integrity of any conservation area is maintained.  African Field Ranger Training Services (AFRTS) was established in 2000 in South Africa to meet the growing demand for well-trained field rangers in conservation areas throughout Africa. The training program offered by AFRTS instills an understanding of basic ecological concepts, introduces techniques for involving communities in conservation, and provides instruction in practical methods of combating poaching and understanding applicable laws relative to the country they are working within.

FCF’s private anti-poaching rangers just completed a two-week comprehensive training program with AFRTS.  Below are some images from the recent program.

Classroom exercises with AFRTS

Practical hands on field training - Tanzanian policy dictates that non-government personnel are forbidden to carry firearms; all of FCF’s anti-poaching personnel patrol unarmed and have done so since the inception of the anti-poaching program. We do provide government employees with additional anti-poaching training such as rifle safety and marksmanship as well as close quarter hand to hand combat techniques.

Group Picture

In addition to the ranger leadership training with AFRTS, FCF’s rangers also recently underwent a three-day first aid course with in-house nurse Sam Roberts.  Below are several images taken during this first aid course.

Sam works with Rangers to provide life like scenarios.

First Aid Training 2011

Group photo! Special thank you to Sam!


Community Development Update (Spring 2011)

Student Sponsorship 

Since the beginning of the 2011 academic school year in January, FCF has been improving its system of sponsoring higher-education level (university) students from the villages in FCF project areas. FCF is currently implementing a more rigorous screening and selection process that will be focused on identifying and enrolling students with an exceptional aptitude and motivation to succeed within the wildlife and conservation arena. By streamlining processes and monitoring abilities, FCF will be able to increase the efficiencies of this program and be better equipped to keep its gracious donors updated on the progress of the students.   As always, students demonstrating a major financial need will continue to be FCF’s target.

FCF is also developing a new program to send select students to private boarding schools (middle and high school) which have advanced facilities and high quality teachers to provide an exceptional education. This new program will require a higher level of financial commitment from donors, but will also have a much greater long term impact on the individual student’s life.

Maswa Game Reserve

In 2010, FCF completed the construction of a new classroom at a school near the Maswa Game Reserve (close to the Serengeti region). This school opened in March 2011.

This year, FCF started the construction of a medical dispensary in Buturi village. This medical dispensary will provide the only health service available to the population of the area.


FCF visiting the US!

Keith Roberts, the Manager of the FCF office in Arusha, Tanzania, will
be at the SCI Convention in Reno, NV from January 26-29.  He will be
giving two presentations on anti-poaching efforts in Tanzania.  The time
and location of each presentation is listed below. Please feel free to
sit in on the meetings or visit us at the FCF booth (#215).  (The FCF
booth is shared with Tanzania Game Tracker Safaris Limited).

Record Book Committee Meeting
Room A5
8:00am – January 26th, Wednesday

Conservation Committee Meeting
Room A5
4:00pm – January 28th, Friday

We welcome the opportunity to talk with you and tell you more about the
work FCF is doing in Tanzania!


Notes from the field…

Anti-poaching:

The US Department of Interior (DOI) runs a program called the International Technical Assistance Program (ITAP) in which technical skills and training pertaining to conservation management is offered to a number of countries across the world. This program has been running in Tanzania for a number of years with several of the courses concentrating on wildlife law enforcement. ITAP approached FCF a few years back to assist with advice pertaining to the Ugalla ecosystem and wildlife law enforcement. In November, a team of ITAP trainers arrived in the Ugalla Game Reserve and FCF representatives were on the ground to meet them and offer any advice that was needed.

The training course went off well and the students from the surrounding Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and Wildlife Division received a high level of instruction.

There has been a huge demand for a microlight presence in western Tanzania and FCF pilots have been kept busy bouncing between the Ugalla and Moyowosi Game Reserves flying anti poaching patrols. Elephant poaching flared up in Ugalla and shortly afterwards reports came in from the Moyowosi that elephant poachers were conducting their unsavory business there as well.

In the Maswa Game Reserve, we were very fortunate to have Ricky De Agrela offer his flying services voluntarily for a month. Ricky has achieved status in the Guinness Book of World Records for having flown a trike microlight around the world. We were very fortunate to have Ricky in Maswa as his time here coincided with the Wildebeest migration moving into the Mbono area. Ricky flew the trike 5H-SCI and we are very grateful for him taking time away from his business to volunteer for FCF.

Community Development:

November has been another busy month for FCF community development.

This last week in the Maswa area we conducted the official hand over of FCF 2010 projects to the District which included the Man’wina Primary School classrooms, office building and a toilet block. This primary school is a new school on the western boundary of the Maswa Game reserve. The school will be opening in January 2011 to provide primary education for students in Mang’wina village, who up until now have had to walk to and from Mwanyahina Primary School which is over 5 miles away.

 

November has also been a busy month for beekeeping project implementation in Manyoni villages near the Kizigo/Muhesi GR and in Kasulu and Kigoma near the Uvinza OA and Moyowosi GR. FCF has provided hives, equipment and is conducting training for the groups in setting up apiaries in the village forest areas.

With the beginning of the academic year in Tanzanian universities and the support of Dallas Safari Club, we have been able to provide scholarships to two university students and four MWEKA Wildlife students.

With the beginning of the rainy season, the tree nursery programs are up and running again in the schools as the groups are sowing new seeds and planting seedlings. FCF is continuing to support the groups as needed.