A percentage of revenue generated through sales of select merchandise is donated to select grass-roots organizations overseas. The organizations we chosen to support are registered NPO's in their countries of origin, but little is know of them here. By donating directly to these organizations, we can ensure all funds donated reach their chosen destination.
Our method for how we donate is a bit random in that any product we sell that has an elephant or rhino or any Little Ndaba Stuffed toy regardless of what it is, will see a portion donated back to conservation. This percentage is anything from 5% for the majority of the product, 10% from any Little Ndaba Toy and anything from 10-20% from any MisHMasH designed product, such as Christmas Cards and Tea Towels.
So as to provide transparency in our process, this page will be updated frequently with donation progress reports. We work with the organizations who choose a specific use for the donations, thus ensuring we know where the money is being used and can track the progress of the project. Transfer of funds to the charities takes place when fundraising goals have been reached or at then end of the calendar year if the goal has not been achieved.
The charities in Africa we have chosen to support are known to us, and we have either worked directly with them, or have close associates and friends working with them and through them, have first hand knowledge of the work they do.
Key Organization We Support
The Elephant Orphan Project is run by Game Rangers International (GRI), a Zambian conservation organizations working alongside the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW). GRI is a small but multi faceted network encompassing law-enforcement, community outreach and education, research and policy, anti-trafficking and animal welfare.
The Elephant Orphan Project is comprised of two separate facilities:
Lilayi Elephant Nursery: Located on the outskirts of Lusaka provides 24 hour care for vulnerable and fragile milk dependent orphans who are most often victims of wildlife crime or human-elephant conflict. The orphans are cared for by a team of dedicated local keepers who attend to their every need and provide care until the babies are strong and independent enough to graduate to Kafue.
Kafue Release Facility: Located in a remote region of Kafue National Park, the release facility is where the orphans go to learn how to once again become wild elephants. The beauty of the facility is that every new arrival is greeted by old friends who had graduated before them, so while they are leaving friends behind in Lilayi, they are re-united with friends who had made the journey before them. Now rather than learning from humans, it is the older and more experienced orphans who assume the roles of teacher and protector, while the large team of keepers and staff monitor their safety, comfort and health with limited human contact and interaction.
The majority of the funds donated to EOP by MisHMasH are allocated to the Kafue Release Facility.
The African Elephant Research Unit (AERU), Western Cape, South Africa, monitors and studies a herd of captive elephants living in a controlled free range environment within a tourism framework.
Established in 2009, AERU conducts non-harmful behavioural and physiological research on the elephants based at the park. The results of the research are used to provide information vital to park management which allows them to make adjustments when and where they are needed. Additionally, AERU collaborates with universities and international researchers to provide, facilitate and assist with research relevant to both captive and wild elephant populations.
Non-Profit Research Trust: # IT854/2013; PBO #9300 44259