Project Phases on The Dark Continent

This photo from outer space shows Europe and Africa at night. While people in the United States and Europe take electricity for granted, that is not so in Africa. Why?? Because, as this photo shows there is no electrical power grid or power generation facilities for 99+% of  the African continent......... it is in the dark at night.

The small star on the map shows the location of the Central African Republic. There is no electricity, period~!!

 

            It truly is The Dark Continent 

    African Wildlife Initiative

  Phases of Operation

 

Phase I---Completed April 2017

  • Hired 12 Rangers from the northern region of CAR

  • Rangers are currently on the Ecofaune Project payroll to guard the FOB and for interdiction of poachers in the immediate area of the Forward Operating Base.  They have no transportation at this time so their Area of Operation is very limited

  •  Rangers were also used for rebuilding the camp as part of Phase II

 

Phase II—Completed May 2017

  • Rebuilt the old hunting camp of Fo to use as a Forward Operating Base (FOB) for counter poaching operations

  • Built a 1,500 ft  x 120 ft airstrip near the FOB

  • Opened up some of the old tracks

  • Reestablished mineral licks to bring animals back to the area

 

Phase III---November 2020 --- March 2021 and continuing forward

  • Build an Orphans Home near the capital City of Bangui

    • Starting capacity will be 200 children with provision for       immediate expansion

    •  Provide three meals a day for each child

    • Provide sleeping accommodations, boys separated from girls

    • Provide medical treatment

    • Provide clean clothes and shoes

    • Provide clean water and sanitation facilities

    • Provide a Fairh-Based education curriculum through high school

    • Provide vocational education curriculum for high-school aged children

    • This orphan’s home is where AWI will send child sex slaves and child solders that are rescued from terrorists until these children can be reunited with their families, if at all possible

    • There are 2,000+ orphans living on the streets of Bangui at this time.  AWI will “recruit” some of these children for the orphan’s home.  )

    • Total funds needed for Phase III, to build and operate the orphan’s home for one year: $750,000

 

Phase IV---November 2020 --- and continuing forward

  • Counter Poaching, Child Rescue Operations and Filming

  • Porter airplane will be used:

    • To expand the Counter Poaching Operations area

    • To insert and extract Rangers for patrols

    • For the use of FLIR cameras for surveillance

    • To greatly increase capability to fly freight, fuel, personnel (10 passengers), and other supplies from Bangui to the FOB, (2,381 lb. payload w/ full fuel) in massive 106+ cubic foot cargo bay)

    • To transport rescued child sex slaves and child soldiers to AWI’s Orphan’s Home near Bangui

    • To provide emergency MEDIVAC service for AWI Rangers and local villagers from AWI’s Forward Operating Base (FOB) to the closest hospital in Bangui, CAR…251 air miles one way

    • To cut the MEDIVAC flight time down from 4.0 hrs. to 1.75 hours vs. the current Super Breezy time (higher speed, less distance with no diversion for fuel stops) and the Porter has the ability to carry two (2) casualties on stretchers along with a medic and two injured that can sit up in a seat

    • For commercial charter operations to generate income to help offset the operating cost of the mission.  In order to facilitate this AWI’s team members have contacts within the UN, with heads of state for many African countries, and the decision makers for several major mining companies operating in African countries bordering CAR  

  • AWI’s current airplane is a Piper PA-18 Super Cub (nearing completion of a total overhaul):

    • Using the Super Cub for MEDIVAC operations it will take 4.0 hours flight time one way plus one diversion for a fuel stop (320 miles one way)

    • The Super Cub will only carry one patient at a time.  

  • Establish and Implement Security Protocols in AWI’s Area of Operation

  • Continue training existing 12 Rangers

  • Recruit and train 10 additional Rangers

  • Conduct wildlife surveys

  • Conduct Counter Poaching and Child Rescue Operations

  • Film footage for movie sizzle reel

    •  African Wildlife Initiative has an agreement with five time Emmy Award winning film maker Richard Copper, to make a film about its operation in the CAR.  The film will be used to raise awareness of the plight in the CAR and to raise funds to further AWI’s mission

    • Both the Porter and the Super Cub will be used in the filming of Phase IV

  • Provide medical assistance to local villagers including emergency MEDIVC with Porter to the nearest hospital in Bangui.

  • Total funds needed for 2 years operational expenses for Phase IV: $6.2M.   

 

 

Phase V---Starting November 2019 ---and continuing forward

  • Water Well Drilling Program

    • Purchase a cable tool water well drilling rig, mounted on a 6x6 truck, in the USA and ship it, along with a support truck, to Doula, Cameroon where they will be driven 1,500 miles to AWI’s Area of Operation (AO) in the Central African Republic 

    • Implement a water well drilling program in AWI’s AO which will include teaching local villagers about good hygiene and proper sanitation to help avoid diseases, and how to operate the drill rig

  • Starting with the 12 villages in the immediate AO, drill water wells and install hand-operated well pumps.  The goal is to drill seven (7) water wells a year and install hand pumps

  • Expand this drilling program to other villages in AWI’s vast, 20,000 sq mile Area of Operation 

  • Total funds needed for Phase V: $950K.