Working towards the restoration and preservation of critical environments necessary for the wellbeing of all of creation.
East Africa has among the most unique, breathtaking and diverse ecosystems on earth. Beyond their value to regional economies from tourist income and other resource utilization, is their intrinsic value. They are a part of the created order - humanity and the cosmos looses and is threatened when these environments are diminished or destroyed as is currently the case.
Africa Exchange realizes there are many factors at play in environmental preservation and conservation. We have chosen to concentrate our efforts around a few of these:
Exposure to and conservation of Unique environments
We need to know what we have before we realize the need to conserve it! Nothing substitutes actual exposure to amazing environments. Whether it's providing opportunities for local school children to witness an elephant for the first time or enabling a visiting partner group to walk through a remnant rain forest, drawing connections between humanity and creation is essential.
We support community activities and networks that promote an awareness of the need for conservation and we utilize green technologies in all our development projects.
Creating awareness of the negative effects of unsustainable population growth
The Global population explosion seems to have all but disappeared from the sustainable development agenda, yet it remains the single most critical factor in climate change, poverty reduction and preservation of biodiversity. Since sub-saharan Africa as a region will see the most growth in population in the coming decades, it is here that the human/wildlife/natural resource conflicts will be evermore apparent and critical.
We seek to raise awareness of the relationships between population growth, biodiversity preservation, consumption of natural resources, pollution and climate change.
Poverty reduction through development Initiatives
It is becoming increasingly clear that poverty reduction is one of the keys to environmental sustainability. As communities become more resilient and less threatened by the effects of extreme poverty, they begin to have fewer children and make more efficient use of available resources. Through our Development Initiatives Program we seek to promote alternative lifestyles and income generation opportunities to particular communities in critical environmental zones. We believe this will both reduce poverty and preserve endangered environments.
Girl child education
It has been demonstrated that increasing education opportunities for girls is a key factor in slowing population growth and pulling families out of poverty. When girls are empowered by education, they generally marry later, have more awareness and control over their reproductivity and are better able to participate in economic decision making for their families. Our ICDC Scholars Project favors sponsorship of girls for this reason.