In 2012 Real Africa set up its own charity, The Real Africa Trust. This allows us to raise money and work direct with selected charities and on certain overseas projects. It is a registered charity with the Charity Commission, its registered charity number is 1149508.
To make a donation, please go to our page on the Just Giving site.
Real Africa donates into the Trust on behalf of every client who travel with us, as well as fund-raising through its staff, friends and clients for specific projects. Our fund-raising has allowed us to build a classroom at a school on the edge of the Masai Mara, to donate £14,000 to charity Save the Elephants, to help them protect the iconic African Elephant, and over £6,000 so far for Save the Rhino International with 50% of this money going specifically to Kenya to the anti-poaching units and the other 50% going into Save the Rhino's core fund.
If our clients wish to visit the projects we support, our staff are happy to assist in making the necessary arrangements within their holiday itineraries.
We understand the importance of tourism, local communities and wildlife conservation bodies working together in order to safeguard our wildlife and wild places. An important role of the Trust is to support education in sub-Saharan Africa by providing amenities & resources for primary and secondary education benefiting school age children, young people and their families. These objectives are made by making grants to existing schools and other organisations involved in education and training allowing young people to gain work in conservation of both wildlife & habitats and all aspects of tourism.
Our dedicated online store sells a range of merchandise with all profits donated to the charities we support via the Real Africa Trust. You can buy a Tshirt to support Save the Elephants, Save the Rhino International or Animals Saving Animals, a small organisation committed to the training and deployment of anti-poaching dogs. We also offer beautiful solid silver jewellery, again with donations made to the relavant charity.
To find out more please visit the Real World Store
Save The Elephants
To mark Real Africa's 15th Anniversary in 2015 we started working with a charity very close to all our hearts - Save the Elephants. Founded by Dr Iain Douglas-Hamilton, one of the world's foremost authorities on the African Elephant, the charity works to secure a future for elephants. To find out more about our partnership and our anniversary event with Saba Douglas-Hamilton on 8 October 2015 at the RGS please click here
Save the Rhino International
It has been well documented in the news that poaching rates have escalated alarmingly in recent times and unfortunately this means that the future of wild rhino is very much in the balance. The Real Africa Trust is delighted to announce that throughout 2016 we will be working with Save the Rhino International and raising money for their core fund as well as specifically for projects in Kenya - namely the dog squads which operate in four conservancies (Ol Pejeta, Borana, Lewa and Ol Jogi). Further details here
The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
In April 2014 Real Africa visited the Sheldrick Trust in Nairobi and made its annual donation to the anti-poaching and de snaring squads they operate in Tsavo National Park. Robert Ferguson, one of our Directors, was allowed to spend time with the orphaned elephants as they grazed in Nairobi National Park.
"Seeing how small the youngest elephants are brought it home how vulnerable these creatures are without the protection of their mothers and family. As they played in the bush, chasing and wrestling with each other, it seemed incredible that people would harm their mothers simply to get the ivory. Trying to help stop this happening is something we feel obliged and proud to do, and we look with admiration at the work that the Sheldrick Foundation does.
At least these young elephants will get the opportunity to return to the wild and hopefully live long and happy lives with their adopted families. It was one of the most moving experiences I've had in Africa."
Founded in 1977 the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust plays a significant and vital role in the conservation of Kenya's wildlife. It runs an orphanage at which baby elephants and rhino are reared by trained keepers when they have lost their mothers to poaching or illness. These orphans are rehabilitated and released back into the wild.
Real Africa has sponsored a number of orphans over the years. Kithaka, an orphan selected by Sara our Marketing Director, when she visited the Trust in 2013, appealed because he was the naughtiest of the young elephants. Kithaka is doing really well - we have watched him grow over the past 3+ years and he has now moved from the nursery to start his journey back to the wild. Arruba, a calf we fostered in 2014 moved in 2015 to join Kithaka in Tsavo. We then fostered Alamaya in 2015, fresh from his rescue from the Masai Mara. Alamaya had been separated from his herd and then attacked and injured by hyenas. Sara visted Alamaya in May 2016 just a few weeks before he moved from the nursery to Tsavo to start his journey back into the wild like Kithaka and Arruba.