Since 2012 - We’ve distributed 1800 Education packs with ecology books to kids living with wild tigers in 24 villages around Bandhavgarh. We’ve funded 3 Scholarships per year for Students at the Bandhavgarh School of Art from 2013 - 2017. From this year our Scholarships will change so more children will have chance to learn to draw, paint/become artists (more details to follow when the new scheme launches in late August 2017). From June 2017 we’re working with the Global Tiger Conservation Society to deliver education packs to the most needy children in rural villages in Bandhavgarh so they can attend schools & learn.
OUR AIM:To prevent wild tiger deaths due to man-animal conflict/habitat destruction; &to prevent human deaths due to a lack of education.
Enabling kids living with tigers to go to school by providing educational resources.
Providing ecology books for kids living with tigers to teach them the consequences of forest destruction.
Funding for materials & teaching for annual Scholarships at the Bandhavgarh School of Art for children living with wild tigers.
Educating villagers on the consequences of their actions in the forest, & personal safety for themselves & their livestock.
Working with local communities to ensure they benefit from wild tiger survival.
Poor rural families are often large (income around Rs.500 (£5.50)/week) & unable to buy school basics so their kids can go to school. Without education kids have reduced employment options & increased dependency on scarce forest resources.
Without education children in rural communities will probably turn to farming which will cause further deforestation for crop growing & increases the risk of man-animal conflict as animals enter villages in search of food, water & prey.
Without education kids enter the forest to collect firewood/graze livestock & may lose their lives due to tiger, leopard, bear or wild boar attacks.
With Scholarships young people have an opportunity to earn income as an artist by either teaching/selling their artwork to tourists. Providing alternative income sources enables them to reduce their dependency on scarce forest resources & reduce incidence of man-animal conflict.
Kids who can read & write can get work in the forest department protecting wildlife & its habitat rather than destroying it to create space for crops, etc.
Villagers frequently go into the forest alone to collect firewood, mahua flowers & tendu leaves or to graze livestock, when wild animals attack the human response is to hit the tiger, leopard, bear, wild dog, etc., then the angry animal usually kills or badly mauls the human.
By sourcing education packs from local suppliers, we help to boost the local economy & give local businesses incentives to ensure wild tigers survive.