The Terra Conservation Initiative Protects and Preserves Vulnerable Wildlife & Land by… - Developing Partnerships with Conservation Focused Governments, Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations - Utilizing Exploration and Field Sciences - Deploying Sustainable Technologies and Solutions to Passionate Conservation Partners Working in Counter Poaching Operations in the Field - Acquiring and Preserving Vulnerable Ecosystems…to further a world with abundant, diverse and healthy ecosystems.
Mental health and recovery wellness focused non-profit, based in Minneapolis. Our mission is to drive connection, foster purpose and spread hope through mental health education and suicide prevention programming...together.
Mara Elephant Project (MEP) was established in 2011 with the mission of protecting elephants to conserve the greater Mara ecosystem. The Maasai Mara ecosystem, an extension of the vast Serengeti ecosystem, is Kenya’s most important wildlife area and tourism asset. Although Kenya outlawed the hunting of elephants in 1973 and CITES established a total ban on the sale of ivory in 1989, human-elephant conflict (HEC) and poaching increased. The Mara elephant population numbers held relatively steady until 2010, when 3,162 were counted by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The WWF total count in 2014 revealed a marked decline to 1,488, the lowest number in 30 years. In the Kenya portion of the ecosystem, people and wildlife peacefully co-existed when space for both did not overlap; however, as the human population has grown, the rangeland demand for livestock and farming has increased, pushing wild animals into smaller areas. MEP was developed to fill a gap in protecting elephants outside of conservancies and protected areas in the Mara ecosystem. Elephants that are “safe” in the Mara have been in the formally protected Maasai Mara National Reserve and the informally protected conservancies. As a result, most of the illegal killing of elephants, and hence the work MEP does, is concentrated in an unprotected area of 11,500 km2 outside these areas. MEP believes that by protecting elephants we are also protecting the greater Mara ecosystem. To better understand and address the poaching issue, where the elephant rangeland extends beyond protected areas, MEP’s developed a three-part program called the MEP Method. The MEP Method to protecting elephants in the greater Mara ecosystem includes anti-poaching patrols and rapid response units, elephant collaring, monitoring and research and human-elephant conflict mitigation. MEP has deployed a total of 57 rangers in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service. The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in 2018 supported a permanent ranger unit in the Mau Forest, adding six new rangers to our formidable team, a far cry from the eight rangers we started with. MEP employs three intelligence officers who have been at the center of many arrests and seizures. Since 2011, MEP and the Kenya Wildlife Service have arrested 354 total poachers which has resulted in the seizure of 1,493 kilograms of ivory. MEP’s presence in the Mara has resulted in less elephant deaths due to poaching. In 2012, 96 elephants were poached for their ivory in the Mara ecosystem, in 2017, that total fell to four and remained steady into 2018. This is a reduction in the percentage of illegally killed elephants (PIKE) in 2012 from 83% to 24% in 2018. The most concerning trend in 2018 in regard to poaching in the Mara is bushmeat poaching. Snares are strands of wire usually strung up between two tree trunks low to the ground. They are often used to catch zebra and wildebeest, so they can be sold illegally for bushmeat. This is a very common form of poaching in the Mara and one MEP patrol units often run into. In 2018, MEP ranger units removed 324 snares in our area of operation, the most coming from the SWT Mau De-Snaring Unit operating in the threatened Mau Forest. MEP has also established a strong working relationship with key partners and is on the cutting edge of deploying innovative techniques and technologies for anti-poaching and human-elephant conflict mitigation. One such technique is the building of chili fences using recycled motor oil and chili powder which upsets the elephant’s sensitive sense of smell. Since 2011, MEP has built 38 km of chili fence and trained 540 farmers. MEP began our elephant collaring program in 2011 and in total have collared 48 elephants across the rangeland. These elephants enable us to not only monitor the movements of elephants and protect them, but also determine the extent of their range. Using the data collected from these collared elephants MEP is working on providing a number of indicators for informing and implementing the national Elephant Action Plan and future spatial ecosystem plans that protect the Mara’s wildlife and the habitat upon which they depend. In that last seven years (2011-2018), MEP has increased our presence on the ground, reduced poaching, expanded our partnership network, effectively used innovative techniques and technologies to mitigate conflict, increased our community activism and engagement and expanded our elephant research program. MEP’s goals include focusing on the protection of elephants and the conservation of the Mara ecosystem by increasing our research efforts all while investing in the education of local communities who live alongside wildlife and the future generation of Kenyans who will inherit this complicated mission. The Mara Elephant Project is a registered trust in Kenya and operates on a non-profit basis. The Sidekick Foundation does business as MEP in the USA and is a 501(c)3 registered charity. We are active on both Facebook and Instagram, @maraelephantproject, and continually update our blog and send out quarterly newsletters to promote transparency and engage supporters.
Our years of experience working with women and girls has taught us that education is the key to unlocking economic empowerment of the world’s women and girls. When women and girls are educated, they have opportunity, choice and power to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families.
Teach For America finds outstanding leaders who commit to expanding educational opportunity, beginning with at least two years teaching in an under-resourced public school. Working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, educators, and community members, corps members go beyond traditional expectations to support the academic and personal growth of their students. The impact corps members have in the classroom fuels a lifelong commitment to their students and shapes the trajectory of their lives and careers.
The Y’s mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. To achieve this mission, we strive to: - Be community centered. For nearly 160 years, we’ve been listening and responding to our communities. - Bring people together, connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs. - Nurture potential, because everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. - Maintain a local presence and global reach. We mobilize local communities to effect lasting, meaningful change.
World Expo exists to connect the international community engaged in the global expo movement. In this decade alone 10 million people attended Expos in China, Korea, Italy and Kazakhstan and another billion have participated on-line as digital visitors. Sign-up to access all of our resources, including special opportunities to travel to the next World Expo in Dubai in 2020. As a member of this community you can share personal stories of lives transformed by Expos and you can find others who love World Expos just as much as you do.
HCFS provides emergency food, clothing and financial assistance with extreme dignity for each client. Each client is required to complete an application to request crisis care services. HCFS Case Managers use standardized measurement and assessment tools to access each individual situation. We access each client for their physical, mental and financial needs as well as work with each client in individual goal setting. We believe that in a crisis, providing these services by a single provider leads to the greatest probability of success. Hill Country Family Services Corner Cupboard empowers and dignifies individuals and families by providing choices for healthy food. Most people don't want handouts. They want dignity and respect. The Corner Cupboard is its own unique spin on a free grocery store that offers a healthy food shopping experience. The Corner Cupboard operates as a year-round free food pantry grocery store allowing people to shop for their basic needs. A philosophy of community empowerment means we aim to solve hunger issues in our community by developing programs to meet the needs of the community, including partnering with other organizations on issues of food security. We believe in cooperation and collaboration between organizations to better serve the population.
Ngaren, The Museum of Humankind, will be the world’s first museum dedicated exclusively to the story of humankind. It is an ambitious project spearheaded by renowned conservationist, paleoanthropolo¬gist and philanthropist, Richard E. Leakey. The museum will be located on a 300-acre parcel in Loodariak, which is south east of Nairobi in Kajiado County, Kenya. The area, which is in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, is known for its savannah, geology, fauna and rich history as the cradle of human life. The museum site is about 60 kilometers, or a short drive, from Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. Loodariak is a rural area, with a population of about 10,000, who are mostly members of the Massai tribe. Ngaren celebrates the beginnings of all humanity. Dedicated to educating humankind on our shared past, Ngaren tells the story of our common ancestry, our epic journeys and our future obligation to protect the planet that is our only home. At Ngaren, we believe that the inhabitants of our planet have always had challenges to confront and problems to navigate. The human being, as well as the whale or eagle or any other living creature, is a product of change. Our response to challenges is a measure of our success and growth. And what we learn from the past is the key to our future.
Right Tech is a conservative technology PAC. More than ever before innovative technology drove the 2018 elections .... and we lost! Right Tech PAC was founded to fight against the left dominating elections through use of digital technology! We are committed to funding technology and technology related services to conservative first time conservative candidates. Our mission is clear--provide critical winning technology to local and state level conservative candidates to counteract the big Democrat money and the big tech influence. Our purpose for partnering with Givvor is two-fold. First, to give you a place to exchange conservative ideas without trolls and Silicon Valley censorship, that is why we have a $10 entry fee. The $10 will be used to fund technology for candidates. Secondly, it is to fund the Right Tech PAC to allow us to give in-kind contributions of campaign technology to first time conservative candidates; therefore, we welcome and need additional donations.