Supporting and protecting the wildlife and community
About our society
Established in 1992 in response to the growing economic problems in Zimbabwe, HCS has been working tirelessly ever since then to help Hwange National Park in any way it can. As a charity we have two main aims – the first to help and protect the wildlife of the Park, the second to support the people who protect that wildlife, people who do a difficult job under what can be very dangerous conditions.
HCS is run by a small committee of unpaid volunteers operating from their own homes. Unlike many larger charities, we have no overheads such as office rent, wages, etc., allowing us to use every penny raised for the benefit of the Park and its wildlife. We go to great lengths to ensure everything we donate is channelled through totally reliable sources on the ground who are personally known to us so we can be 100% certain that all donated goods reach their intended destination.
The projects we get involved in are many and varied but all share the common themes of being down-to-earth, sustainable and of long-term benefit to the Park. We think long and hard before committing our hard-earned funds to ensure maximum long-term benefit.
In the past we have donated equipment such as dart rifles, range finders and immobilising drugs for anti-poaching and wildlife relocation work. We’ve donated digital cameras, camcorders and night vision binoculars to help with vital wildlife research work. Practical projects such as training a National Parks’ employee in vehicle maintenance and providing work overalls are very much our forte.
Current efforts are strongly directed towards improving the game water supply within the Park and to this end we have donated everything from a multitude of new pumps and engines, spare parts and money for diesel to the basics such as tools, picks, shovels and even bags of cement! Sadly, the current economic climate in Zimbabwe has given rise to an escalation in wildlife poaching and we are now finding that more and more of our funds have to be put towards trying to combat this scourge.
Our projects to help the people working in this area include the provision of clothes, blankets and overalls, the establishment of a caged-in vegetable garden, help with starting a chicken-raising project and small shop and also assistance with the educational needs of Main Camp School which is attended by the children of the Park’s employees.