N/a’an ku sê Foundation wins Phoenix Award from the Society of American Travel Writers

The N/a’an ku sê Foundation was founded by Marlice van Vuuren, one of Namibia’s most well-known conservationists, and her husband Dr. Rudie van Vuuren in 2006. They had two aims – to protect and conserve Namibia’s vulnerable wildlife and to improve the lives of the marginalized San Bushman community. Since 2006 the N/a’an ku sê Foundation has bloomed into a thriving venture with distinct projects in Windhoek, Neuras, Solitaire and Epukiro.

In September of 2012 the N/a’an ku sê Foundation was honoured to win the prestigious Phoenix Award from the Society of American Travel Writers for their on-going efforts. Created in 1969, the Society of American Travel Writers gives such awards to recognize conservation, preservation, beautification and environmental accomplishments as they relate to ethical travel.

The N/a’an ku sê Foundation rehabilitates and houses injured or orphaned animals with the hopes of releasing them back to the wild. At the site in Windhoek and at the Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre in Solitaire they have worked with over 100 large carnivores on human -wildlife conflict mitigation, which includes advising farmers, translocation, tracking and monitoring, to collect data that supports on-going carnivore conservation.

In addition, they provide employment to the local San Bushman both at the Charity Lodge and to help our researchers track, identify and locate potential problem animals. The on-site Clever Cubs School helps marginalized San Bushman children earn an education by teaching them on site at pre-primary level and helping them attain places in mainstream schools and supports them on an on-going basis. The Lifeline Clinic in Epukiro provides primary healthcare free of charge to over 3,500 San Bushman per year, around 40% of who are children.

In the newest location, Neuras: N/a’an ku sê Wine and Wildlife Foundation, wine production is used to support conservation projects in addition to conservation activities, such as tracking released carnivores.

The four projects of the N/a’an ku sê Foundation are available to volunteers and guests who’d like to visit and learn more about conservation. Revenue from the projects and donations goes to support the people and animals of the N/a’an ku sê Foundation.

Source = N/a'an ku sê Foundation
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