Obviously a wondrously effective organisation. Small, but exquisite in every detail”
Bill Oddie, OBE – Birdwatcher, natural history presenter and High Five Club Patron
Here’s wishing our members and supporters a very Merry Christmas. May you be blessed and protected in 2022.
Take a look at what we have achieved together for communities living in wildlife areas of Africa this year. Play our High Five Club Xmas card video here.
We bring you our final project update of 2021 with news of the 5 young people from wildlife areas of Zambia, Malawi and Kenya that we have extended a High Five empowering hand up to over the last year – to help them secure a brighter future and escape the cycle of poverty.
Each of their stories is very humbling and we are thrilled that we have been able to continue our support of their education this year. The children and their families are very aware that this support from the H5C comes because they live with wildlife – this having a positive knock on effect on wildlife conservation in the area. When people benefit from wildlife, they seek to protect it.
Today we bring you news of High Five Club’s support of 30 vulnerable children in rural Malawi – both in terms of food provision and emergency medical care. It is amazing what a difference our support is making to the lives of these children. There is also the knock on effect to wildlife conservation in this area too.
We hope you enjoy reading the project update.
High Five Club members are thrilled to have joined hands with our long-term community partner in Kenya SEMADEP to bring safe, clean water to over 300 of the Maasai tribe in the Masai Mara.
Water is the number one development priority across all the wildlife areas where we work in Africa, and it was particularly rewarding to implement this within a community we personally know and love.
Watch our short video clip on the project on YouTube.
We are thrilled that R World has chosen High Five Club as their partner to deliver development projects on the ground in Africa, starting with fund-raising to build a classroom block extension at one of our H5C community schools in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley – namely Chitenga or Chinjobvu Community Schools.
Thank you R World!
Here is a chance to enjoy a good read and support the High Five Club’s work in Zambia at the same time!
One of our long-time supporters, Derrick Swain, has written an autobiographical book “Gold Cufflinks” about his experiences living and working in both Zambia and St Lucia from the end of the 1960s as the winds of change blew through Africa and the Caribbean after the fall of the British Empire.
Derrick shares his fascinating account of how as a young man he chose to leave the UK and work alongside Zambian colleagues to create a modern commercial enterprise in the Copperbelt during the early years of Kenneth Kaunda’s presidency. The reader also journeys with Derrick to St Lucia where he took up his second overseas posting.
Full of historical interest and anecdotes, this book about the life of an expat in the post-colonial era is both serious and light-hearted and packed with surprises, hope, love and friendship. It is also a book that will resonate with anyone who has lived in the tropics, triggering both joyful and painful memories. Joy at the fond recall of moments, people and places; pain at leaving them all behind.
Derrick will sign each copy and is kindly donating £5 from the sale of every book sold to High Five Club supporters and their friends. All funds raised we will put towards our school build programme in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley.
This “Gold Cufflinks” fundraising offer is only available online at www.talesofexpat.co.uk and retails for £12.99 plus p&p.
So excited to bring you news of the recent completion of our second community school build in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley, Chinjobvu Community School.
It is just so wonderful to witness the total transformation of the educational prospects of these 185 children who live in a really remote part of Zambia alongside wildlife. Education really is the key that breaks the cycle of poverty in such communities.
We would like to thank our friends at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Shorne, Kent for joining with High Five Club members to help fund this build.
For the full project update download below.
We are thrilled to have joined hands with the Olsen Animal Trust www.olsenanimaltrust.org over the past year to continue our support of community conservation in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley and help wild animals, and the marginalised local community that protects them, to flourish. Linking wildlife conservation and poverty reduction together is the beating heart of the High Five Club and we are so happy to have been able to continue this critical work in Zambia over the past 12 months.
From small acorns great oaks grow. And this is certainly the case for our ‘adopted’ community school in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley – Chitenga Community School. Starting out as a humble mud and thatch community school, we have over the past 2 years helped the community to build a 2-classroom block school and recently built 3 teacher’s house for volunteer teachers from the community, along with pupil toilets, and the provision of learning resources and furniture for the staff room.