The African Conservation Trust (ACT) is an established not-for-profit and public benefit organisation that has been operating in Southern Africa since 2000. ACT has extensive experience in ecological agriculture and has an established network of food gardens across KZN, including at 38 crèches, 55 schools and 5,500+ homesteads.
www.projectafrica.com / www.makeadifferencesa.co.za
African Conservation Trust is a founding member of Project Rhino, launched on World Rhino Day, 22 September 2011. It is an association of like-minded organisations working together in rhino conservation and the prevention of wildlife crime. It is a unique collaboration that brings together a provincial conservation body, private and community-owned reserves, rhino owners, leading conservation NGOs and anti-poaching security specialists.
- We aim to help feed 5,000 families monthly by creating and supporting a network of homestead and community food gardens.
- Place 100 Mentors into communities bordering rhino reserves across KZN and South Africa to support wildlife conservation.
Access to sufficient food is a basic right, yet in South Africa only 55% have enough to eat. For children, that means nutritional problems, including stunted growth, low body weight and malnutrition. In the classroom, hungry children struggle to concentrate, and are more likely to repeat grades or drop out. Children living in rural regions also have the extra demands of walking long distances to school creating a much greater need for energy.
African Conservation Trust has been developing gardens at schools, clinics and homesteads across KwaZulu-Natal for almost a decade, in communities that suffer from high rates of poverty, HIV/AIDS and unemployment. Our gardeners make use of ecological techniques such as rainwater harvesting, natural resource management and indigenous seed sources, for minimum cost and maximum output.
African Conservation Trust is the nominated Secretariat for Project Rhino and is a fully registered and tax-exempt Non-Profit Organisation. ACT is audited on an annual basis, is BBBEE level 1 accredited and a member of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). It is also registered with the USA Fund for Charities and the UK Fund for Charities. Please visit our website for more info.