The talents of many people are utilized in wildlife concern strategies, educational campaigns, Field work, intelligence activities, community Development, and office support and by serving on advisory and other working committees. Volunteers also provide role models for AFEWIS beneficiaries.
The programs are namely as follows:
- Spread the Word Campaign
AFEWIS main aim involves but is not limited to advocacy of wildlife conservation as well as spearheading the imparting of knowledge about poaching and anti- poaching among the local communities. This is done through media awareness campaigns in radio’s ,Television ,newspapers, social media, door to door visits as well as through educating children.AFEWIS believes that having a future of wildlife conservationists involves getting hold of the children of today who will be the future leaders and traders of tomorrow.
- Artists for Wildlife
Communities around and in areas where poaching happens have a lot of unrecognized potentials in terms of talents. A majority of them though lacking formal education have a lot of potential waiting to be harnessed and encouraged. Through AFEWIS work we have being able to notice that letting the community use their talents to both earn and promote wildlife conservation. This gives them more meaning as to why they should protect it, because it gives them economic benefits as well. Below are the areas we focus on under artists for wildlife:
- Painters for wildlife: Here we focus on people within the communities more especially children who are talented in darwing.We teach them to use their arts imagination to educate people on wildlife, its beauty and why people should stop poaching and the like. Our long term goal is to plan an art exposer gallery in which we can showcase their works and probably earn them some cash prizes so that they can find a career in keeping animal’s safe. The young ones enjoy this program as they get to draw, paint and color different animals at the same time learning of the fauna and aura.
- Musicians for wildlife: A local talent among the communities is impeccable, AFEWIS has observed that people learn and listen more through music. In occasions were possible we try to have music during our campaigns this attracts listeners and an audience. Hence we saw it fit to ensure that we promote talents of musicians within this community by helping them write lyrics and produce music that is educative to the local communities. Our long term goal includes getting these young talents not only to use music to educate but also earn a living.
- Writers for wildlife: Among the communities there are people with talents in writing poems, articles among others. Having them use their talents to prepare and provide education in their local languages as well as foreign languages is a plus. We do not only promote them but we also encourage them to use their talents to advocate for anti-poaching and hence educate communities on the need to protect their wildlife not only for now but also for the future. We hope in the long-term to use this talents to produce a newsletter for AFEWIS as well a collective book on wildlife conservation.
- Young Wildlife Ambassadors
Cutting poaching at the ground level requires a bigger work force than just one meager ngo or a couple of people, it needs a nationwide,continentwide movement. So AFEWIS came up with the young wildlife ambassadors who will be good spreaders of the word to people within and outside to areas we may have not reached yet. For this we work closely with the following groups:
- Tanzania Scouts and Girl guides: this is a huge group of a mixture of primary and secondary school students in over 22 regions of Tanzania, hence a huge network. We hold wildlife camps with them to study wildlife, teach them to be good ambassadors of the wild. In turn they earn a wildlife barge and they become advocators of the message. They are a very active group always willing and available during almost all of our campaigns despite being in school.
- University ambassadors: this is an ongoing program we hope to have Wildlife ambassadors in all institutions of higher learning. We are recruiting and hope to have training soon with them.
- capacity building workshops
This will involve training majorly on various ways to give information, fight as well as to protect wildlife; we will begin with the following groups:
- Local government officials
- Tour guides
- Monitoring and Statistical Research’s
This involves gathering statistical information as well as preparing recommendations that will be helpful to both our work and other conservationist.Also with this information will be availed to the public and to government officials who will use it in developing policies that will help in stopping poaching.