Since Green Paw Projects successful Ecuadorian Spaying and Neutering program in which nearly 500 animals were treated, the Earthquake Rescue Mission after the 7.8 Richter Scale Earthquake in Ecuador, and the magical story of the rescue and rehabilitation of Dobby the Dog who was days away from dying, Green Paw Project have been carefully planning the next steps where to utilise its expertise. The Charity is carefully taking its time in ensuring the next venture is the right decision for Green Paw Projects long term future with a self sustainable, self funding project.
Since the Ecuador projects, Green Paw Project have raised over £17,654 through donors and fundraising events and festivals through Audio Farm and One Tribe Festival. Thank you to all who have donated and attended the events to aid this figure to be reached.
In recent years Green Paw Projects focus has been on Research and Developments in Malawi, Africa. During the 2017 and 2018 Malawi visits, Green Paw Project met with government officials, searched for Malawian trustees, employees, and representatives, and were officially registered as a Malawian Charity. The Research and Development continues.
Green Paw Project kicks off 2019 by employing its first full-time Malawian representative and trustee, an ex National Park Ranger of 20 years. Isaac will be the eyes and ears on the ground in Malawi and will start by educating schools and locals about animal welfare and poaching. Isaac will also further research and development for Green Paw Project Plans in Malawi.
Between, Isaac, Trustee Stephen Chesters and fully qualified Vet Jochem Lastdrager, Research and Development will continue in Malawi whilst also looking at possibilities in the UK.
Further announcements will be made in mid 2019.
Why Malawi, Africa?
During 2015 & 2016 heavy floods and extreme drought hit Malawi and crop yields depleted. Malawi was once again left in a state of national disaster. Malawians are constantly facing a devastating famine. The frequency and magnitude of the recurrent
disasters have been worsened by deforestation, soil degradation, increasing population pressure and widespread poverty. This causes detrimental pressure on natural resources and increases animal welfare issues. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world with a minimum wage of just under $1 USD per day. People cannot afford appropriate care for their animals and the lack of sustainable livelihoods is also fuelling the illegal wildlife trade and poaching.
Many African animals are on the verge of extinction. We have to protect the roots of mankind, no matter which part of the world we live in. The future for Africa’s wildlife is looking bleak unless the animals and lands are protected. Poaching has no boundaries, creating awareness is the solution. The only way to raise awareness is to educate and to help those who want a change. National parks and forestry reserves are widespread all over Malawi and are home to an abundance of species. Unfortunately, deforestation and poaching place the wildlife within Malawi at an even higher risk. Veterinary services for wildlife in Malawi are limited and resources for wildlife conservation are scarce, therefore we offer our services.