Obviously a wondrously effective organisation. Small, but exquisite in every detail”
Bill Oddie, OBE – Birdwatcher, natural history presenter and High Five Club Patron
SNARED: A new drama. An age old conflict. Supported by and raising funds for, the High Five Club.
Simon has a passion for Africa, local communities and wildlife so makes a fitting ambassador for our charity.
Simon wrote for The Times newspaper between 1982 and July 2014, initially on sport, and subsequently also on wildlife. He became their chief sportswriter in 2002, covering seven summer Olympic Games and various World Cups, Wimbledons, Test matches & Super Bowls.
Follow Simon on his blog.
We have joined hands with Roffey Homes to contribute towards the construction of a new classroom and teachers’ houses at a rural Maasai School in the Masai Mara, Kenya. We have worked with this community school for several years and it is now one of the best in the area. The Maasai themselves contributed 50% towards this development and the High Five Club 50% in line with our ‘hand up, not ‘hand out’ ethos. To read more click here.
We have helped to fund a new sheep rearing project in rural Gambia in partnership with local self-help group Future Farmers of the Gambia. Each beneficiary of a breeding ewe passes on the first born female to another community member – so the cycle of community benefit continues. To read about this small project, set to make a big impact read here.
Thanks to ECHO and the pupils at Eastbourne College for their support of this initiative.
The school reports that school attendance has soared, with 100% attendance since the feeding programme began. A resounding success indeed.
For info on the feeding programme read here.
This month we have worked hand in hand with the ABATO Children’s Trust in Mpigi District to construct 4 new classrooms, 6 pit latrines and equip the new classrooms with desks to enable more vulnerable children in this commuity to receive a quality education.
ABATO’s mission is to empower vulnerable children in their community through provision of a quality education, development of their talents and abilities, along with giving the children spiritual nourishment as a prerequisite to a brighter future.
Thanks to our long-term educational supporter Roffey Homes for their generous support of this project.
For more information read here.
Last year we joined hands together to contribute towards enabling 10 rural children from Zambia’s Luangwa Valley to take part in an exchange visit to Australia.
This lively, creative film clip beautifully captures the essence of their educational trip to Australia. It shows the students having fun and with boundless energy, engaging with experts in different fields of conservation, learning about scientific methods, displaying a wonder in and fascination for Australian wildlife, landscapes and the ocean, and having a genuine passion for global conservation.
This Conservation Exchange programme with Pulteney Grammar School in Adelaide shows just how valuable international links can be and how they can transform not only the lives of the students who engage in them but those of everyone else who takes part.
For these students, who have settled back incredibly well into routine life and school studies in Zambia, the real journey has only just begun…………
As access to clean water is the number one priority in rural Zambia, the High Five Club plans to make water provision in wildlife areas of Zambia one of its core deliverables. We aim to expand our reach year by year bringing safe, clean water to many more people.
In 2014 we have already commissioned the construction of 4 news wells in Mnkhanya Chiefdom, supplying fresh clean water to a further 2,000 villagers for a total cost of £2,504, just £1.25 per villager. Alongside this we have renovated 2 existing wells at a total cost of £516 including the supply of windlasses (winding mechanism) complete with chains and strong metal buckets to replace the existing nylon rope and laborious ‘hand pulling’ technique. We have together brought back fresh, clean water back to 1,000 villagers at a cost of ca. £0.50 per person. Absolutely remarkable!
To read more about this project – Clean Water Provision, Zambia.
This month the High Five Club has joined hands with Eastbourne College in East Sussex to launch a pioneering “Breakfast Club” at Malimba Community School in Zambia, providing pupils with a nutritious porridge cooked by volunteers from the community each school day.
Malimba Basic School is a rural school in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley. There is much poverty in this community and the children often go to school hungry, or miss school altogether to look for food or because they are too hungry to walk, for some up to 5km, to walk there.
The idea of a sponsored feeding programme at Malimba Community School is as simple as it is effective – full bellies mean fuller classrooms and improved learning. The availability of one decent meal a day for these children will mean that attendance levels will soar – children will no longer need to miss classes to go out and search for food. The boost to daily nutritional levels that such a feeding programme will provide means that the basic health of the children should improve dramatically, thus helping them to fight off the malaria and other diseases and infections they can so easily fall prey to. Many have been HIV positive since birth.