Members of The Long Run are some of the world’s most sustainable, nature-based travel destinations. Collectively they help to conserve over 20-million-acres of biodiversity and improve the lives of over 750,000 people. While tourism is on pause, vital projects that protect wildlife and people are at risk. Fundraising is not how we usually support our members, but in this unprecedented crisis, we would like to raise awareness of urgent need. Until you can travel again and use tourism as a force for good, please ACT NOW FOR A BETTER TOMORROW by supporting these community and conservation projects.

Cottars Wildlife Conservation Trust (CWCT)

In early 2020, CWCT launched a partnership with the African Wildlife Foundation to enhance conservation within the Olderkesi Conservation landscape in a way that supports the local community. On average, 62% of CWCT’s budget comes from visitor conservation fees, which has dried up jeopardizing the wellbeing of 6,000 Maasai families and 7,000-acres of wildlands. To ensure vital activities continue, CWCT is hoping to raise US$200,000 to support critical staff like rangers, teachers and conservationists over the next nine months.
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Chumbe Island

This multi-award-winning social business and privately created and managed Marine Protected Area is one of East Africa’s most successful marine conservation stories. Responsible for the protection of a 55-hectare reef sanctuary and no-take zone (home to sharks, turtles and over 500 fish species), and a 17-hectare forest reserve, Chumbe Island urgently needs funds to support four patrol rangers and four support staff. Chumbe hopes to raise US$50,000, which will also help to provide medical insurance for the entire Chumbe team (of 46) and their families.

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Borana Mobile Clinic

Since 2005, the Borana Mobile Clinic has been providing basic healthcare, health lectures, HIV Aids awareness, antenatal advice, child immunisation and family planning to Borana’s neighbouring communities in northern Kenya. This helps people that would otherwise have to travel considerable distances to access essential care. The clinic team consists of two nurses and a driver, together they visit ten communities on a two-week rotation treating on average over 700 patients per month and travelling over 1000 miles. The Mobile Clinic is a significant priority for Borana during this time, and so it is looking to raise US$16,000 to keep it operational for six months while tourism is on hold.
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Oncafari Association

The Onçafari Association promotes and supports the conservation of several Brazilian biomes with an emphasis on jaguars and maned wolves. It works with lodges, like The Long Run member Caiman Ecological Refuge, to strengthen ecotourism and socioeconomic development. Tourism accounts for half of Onçafari’s income, and with no guests, the team continues to scout and monitor jaguars to ensure that eight years of conservation work is not lost overnight. The lack of tourism and the virus is affecting employees, their families and the wider community. Onçafari is hoping to raise US$30,000 to secure minimal activities and livelihoods until tourism resumes.
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Kicheche Conservancy Guardian Appeal

A staggering 25% of Kicheche’s revenue funds the guardianship and maintenance of 250,000-acres of pristine wildlife habitat. Since the collapse of tourism, funds have sharply declined. Without guests, the ever-lurking menace of poaching, bush-meat hunting, and encroachment cannot be kept at bay; the conservancies of Mara North, Olare Motorogi, Mara Naboisho and Ol Pejeta need help more than ever. To fund critical costs, like rangers and medical support, Kicheche has launched the Conservancy Guardian Appeal. Money raised via donations or by purchasing a ‘credit’ to ensure the future of the conservancy will be match funded, dollar for dollar, by the Band Foundation up to $500,000.
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