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News and Events

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6TH ANNUAL AFRICA MATTERS BENEFIT SEPT. 14, 2013 Click here for information


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AN IMMEDIATE NEED: Get Involved. Click here


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For IMMEDIATE ACTION: Education: Sponsor a Student in Zimbabwe. How you can make direct impact by making a donation of school fees. Click here

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Visit our new Photo Gallery page with crafts from Zimbabwe! Click here

 
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WILDLIFE CONSERVATION NETWORK:  The WCN Expo will be held October 12, 2013 at Mission Bay Conference Center. Africa Matters will have an exhibit table at this great event (please visit their website at www.wildnet.org).  We highly recommend you mark your calendars for this not to be missed event in October.

 
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APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE from Africa Matters are now possible (Click here). If you are doing work in conservation and could use assistance, please see the application and/or contact us.  It is advised you submit the application form via email.

 
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See new photos in our gallery

 
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Be sure to see how you can help!

BUSH BEAT BUGLE Vol. 9:
jul 2009

Africa Matters News from Home and Abroad

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Detailed updates on previous news items

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What we're currently working on

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And what's planned for the coming year

Conservation through Dance and Drama
Conservation through Education
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Mission

It is the goal of AFRICA MATTERS to promote wildlife conservation by encouraging the interaction of artists, teachers and scientists. We directly offer financial and logistical assistance to individuals and organizations whose work not only expands scientific knowledge from the field, but also makes that knowledge available to others, particularly young Africans. We believe that art and youth have a key role to play in the world of conservation. Therefore, the organizations and individuals whose work we support all have a facet of education and have the potential, the imagination and the willingness to use art as valuable international language in the cause of conservation.

Our Three Ps Partners we work with, Projects we assist, and the Pathways we use and create, establish the intersection for these interactions.

Conservation is about the use of resources, and so Africa Matters first choice for problem solution, is to use existing resources. Every attempt is made to assure that solutions are both site-specific and still globally responsible. We believe there are all sorts of experts, and everyone needs to be heard. Problems are multi-faceted and so are the solutions.  

Some people are experts simply by virtue of their personal and historical experience and observation. They must speak and they must be heard. Some people are experts simply because they are innocents, and they must also be heard. 

It is the human ability to IMAGINE that is the seat of all hope and the children are the biggest resource of imagination in the world.  The pathway from imagination is creativity to express what we imagine. We label these expressions as ART.

Early in the history of Man and early in the life of each individual, the most basic reaction to our world has been expressive: a child hums, repeats a phrase, a series of movements,  shouts in joy or pain;  grows a bit and makes a drawing, a painting, a song, a poem, a dance, a sculpture, a play. In our modern world, technology has expanded the possibilities for these expressions ALMOST beyond our imaginings.  Africa Matters is here to encourage all that expression on their path to conservation.

The 21st Century brings ever-harder challenges to our stewardship of the planet as the normal  biological activity of the planet is no longer in balance with human impact; as the shear weight of increased human presence and use and abuse of resources tips the scales. We must take up the challenge of seeking more and better answers if we are to conserve wildlife, human life and all the systems that support it.

The ability to share all our expressions, be they artistic or scientific quickly and widely through technology, offers us ever more ways to meet the challenge.  AFRICA MATTERS hopes to be one place where these three intersect this ART, this EDUCATION, this SCIENCE.  We must love the land and her creatures first engage our hearts in this bond. Then we must study and share what we learn.  That sharing must not only be of information, but must contain the love. Sometimes it is the innocence of the amateur that sheds the most light. 

 

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Last Updated Oct 10, 2008