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Ranger Protect

Ranger Protect

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Project Overview:

This project aims to garner financial support to ensure the well being of Africa’s rangers and their families is improved through the provision of adequate insurance cover in the event of injury or death.

Rangers across the world are subject to an increasing risk of life threatening encounters. They operate in extreme environments, and in their efforts to protect our natural heritage, face the risks associated with dangerous wild animals, sickness, community backlash, and the increasing threat of armed poachers and militia groups. Over 1000 rangers have lost their lives in the line of duty in the past 10 years. Working in the African bush is not for the faint-hearted. Protected areas in Africa with species such as rhino and elephant have become war zones where armed contacts with poachers are a frequent occurrence. Rangers work uninterrupted for long periods under these harsh conditions with little reward or recognition.

Biodiversity and thriving ecosystems provide both tangible and intangible benefits to society and rangers play a crucial role in ensuring healthy ecosystems. It is therefore of great importance that rangers receive all the support necessary to perform their duties within these challenging environments.

What is the need?

A recent WWF study , focusing on rangers employed by governments across the world, reported that rangers are not getting this necessary support. The study surveyed rangers from 40 countries worldwide and 10 countries in Africa. In Africa, 40% of those surveyed were not covered by health insurance, 50% had no life insurance and 60% had no long-term disability insurance. As a continent, it was found that Africa’s rangers were the worst off.

The difficult and often dangerous working conditions of rangers impacts on their morale. The life-threatening risks faced by rangers are among the range of work stressors that negatively impact on their well-being. Society cannot afford to lose rangers from protected areas. It is therefore essential to ensure rangers receive the necessary support and protection to prevent job dissatisfaction and a negative impact on morale.

What can be done?

The GRAA and SATIB endeavor to make the rangers of Africa safer and provide them with the necessary protection they need to comfortably and confidently perform their duties in the field. We have recently launched the Safe Ranger Project alongside Medwise Safety Services which trains rangers in the necessary practical skills needed to perform remote area first aid. This project recognises that if a ranger is wounded in the line of duty, it is often the minutes immediately after the incident that are most important. Knowing how to stabilise a trauma emergency can save a person’s life.

We also recognise that for rangers to confidently perform their duties in the field, they need adequate insurance protection, knowing that if they are wounded in the line of duty that they will receive adequate support. Apart from their own welfare, rangers also seek to have their families supported, should an unfortunate event occur. We have been on a long road to develop insurance plans for rangers across Africa at a rate rangers can afford. We also understand that the methods of payment and the time it takes to finalise these are significant factors affecting Africa’s rangers.

With this in mind, the GRAA has partnered with SATIB Insurance Brokers to create a unique product for rangers across Africa, offering cover 24/7, even when rangers are off duty. The product can serve as a primary or additional source of cover to rangers. Sharing similar views for the conservation of Africa’s wildlife, the GRAA was confident to partner with SATIB, who has been an industry leader for the past 25 years.

There are an estimated 20 000 rangers in Africa. We want them protected with what we believe is an essential cover. If your business relies on a wilderness or conservation area being in place then do the right thing and act now.

Covers are currently available for Rangers in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique, Angola, Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda with further territories being introduced in time.

We cannot guarantee the work of rangers will become less dangerous, but with #rangerprotect we hope to restore rangers’ confidence and morale, providing them with the necessary protection to ensure they and their families are looked after, should something happen to them whilst performing their noble work.

For further information on how you can support rangers in the field, please contact us at [email protected]

The cost of each Ranger is as follows:

  1. #RangerProtect Premium – ZAR 272
  2. GRAA Field Ranger Membership – ZAR 90

TOTAL Cost per year: R362.00

Cover Details:

http://www.satib.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Ranger-Protect-2018.pdf

Donations

  • Dec 03, 2019 - R 375.00
  • "Great initiative! " - Dewald Cillie

  • Nov 28, 2019 - R 1 131.02
  • "God bless the Rangers, from a Celtic fan!!" - George

  • Nov 21, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Keep up the good work and stay safe" - Viki Runge Fischer

  • Nov 14, 2019 - R 372.21
  • "Rangers do amazing work! Thank you. " - Casey Pratt

  • Oct 31, 2019 - R 375.00
  • "Great initiative! " - Dewald Cillie

  • Oct 12, 2019 - R 1 542.30
  • "HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Keep enjoying the bush." - Greg Payne

  • Oct 03, 2019 - USD $ 23.79
  • "Great effort" - Simon Sawyer

  • Oct 02, 2019 - R 375.29
  • "Big up Andre...using your talents for good. " - Gina

  • Sep 30, 2019 - R 3 630.00
  • "ONE RANGER FOR TEN YEARS" - MALCOLM CUMMING - MOKAIKAI PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE

  • Sep 30, 2019 - R 375.00
  • "Great initiative! " - Dewald Cillie

  • Sep 17, 2019 - USD $ 53.30
  • "Thank you for all that you do" - The Falzon-Paetow Family

  • Sep 16, 2019 - USD $ 105.77
  • "Please stay safe and thank you for all you do." - Anonymous

  • Sep 15, 2019 - R 250.00
  • "Go Onds " - Clarentino

  • Sep 14, 2019 - R 362.00
  • "Andrew Wood Properties is proud to support Andre Du Toit and Ranger Protect" - Andrew Wood Properties

  • Sep 13, 2019 - USD $ 30.00
  • "Go get ‘em Ond! " - Melissa T

  • Sep 13, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "Bombs away Voda.....such great work always " - Andre Du Toit

  • Sep 13, 2019 - USD $ 108.07
  • "Good Luck Andre, thanks for making this happen and enjoy the adventure!" - Niall Cowan

  • Sep 13, 2019 - USD $ 366.01
  • "Keep our Rangers safe! " - Andre du Toit

  • Sep 13, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Well done Andre, great cause" - Wade

  • Sep 13, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Andre du Toit" - Gazza

  • Sep 13, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Great cause Andre! Happy to pledge. Gazza" - Andre du Toit

  • Sep 13, 2019 - R 372.00
  • "Great initiative " - Colin

  • Sep 13, 2019 - USD $ 104.46
  • "Thank you for caring for these animals!" - Josh and Kate Wyss

  • Sep 13, 2019 - USD $ 52.58
  • "Happy to help save the animals of Africa!" - Chris Colladay

  • Sep 13, 2019 - USD $ 72.05
  • " Keep up the great work!" - Anonymous

  • Sep 13, 2019 - USD $ 68.49
  • "Thanks for all you do" - Cris Genovese and Alex Prescott

  • Sep 10, 2019 - R 375.29
  • "Great initiative! " - Dewald Cillie

  • Sep 09, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Keep up the good work in protecting our wilderness areas" - Sonja

  • Sep 06, 2019 - USD $ 70.78
  • "Thank you for all you do!" - Dr. Amy Lewis

  • Sep 06, 2019 - USD $ 106.17
  • "Thank you for all you are doing for these brave folks. xxx" - Paul & Camilla Burraston

  • Sep 06, 2019 - R 375.29
  • "Great cause! Thank you to all the rangers out there. " - Danielle du Toit

  • Sep 06, 2019 - USD $ 70.78
  • "Thanks for all you do guys and thanks top Andre du Toit for campaigning for your cause" - Pete van Heerden

  • Aug 25, 2019 - R 1 116.63
  • "Protecting those who protect our planet now and for the future!" - Cherry Muslim

  • Aug 24, 2019 - R 372.21
  • "My investment into our future. A chance for us to protect the protectors of our precious wildlife." - Cecily Melia

  • Aug 13, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Thank you for all that you do for our animals!" - Wendy Lombard

  • Aug 09, 2019 - USD $ 70.00
  • "." - aditya srinath

  • Aug 05, 2019 - R 1 820.00
  • "Peace of mind for 5 rangers for a year. Thanks to our supporters who made this donation possible. We work with rangers and Ky on a daily basis and know how much this means to them! Thank you!!" - Green Trax

  • Aug 04, 2019 - R 744.42
  • "Inspiring individuals- hopefully this helps" - Heather

  • Aug 02, 2019 - USD $ 72.41
  • "Thank you one thousand times " - Sarah C

  • Aug 02, 2019 - USD $ 26.22
  • "THANK YOU for your incredible work!" - Grey Travel

  • Aug 02, 2019 - R 372.21
  • "Thank you for protecting those who cannot speak for themselves" - Azanne

  • Aug 02, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Hopefully this donation will help make somebodies life easier . Our thoughts and prayers are with those in need ." - FLASH PRECAST PTY LTD

  • Aug 02, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "brilliant initiative--" - karin

  • Aug 01, 2019 - USD $ 26.89
  • "It is every Earthling's job to protect our natural habitats and fellow sentient beings...I wish I could be on the frontlines with you." - Ana Cristina Nery

  • Aug 01, 2019 - USD $ 307.18
  • "Thank you for your commitment. " - Cherri Briggs, Explore, Inc.

  • Aug 01, 2019 - USD $ 118.47
  • "Keep fighting the good fight." - Petal

  • Aug 01, 2019 - USD $ 30.00
  • "Keep safe!" - Anonymous

  • Aug 01, 2019 - R 734.86
  • "May the insurance never be needed" - Venture To Africa

  • Aug 01, 2019 - R 372.00
  • "Keep up the good work guys & girls" - Kobus

  • Aug 01, 2019 - USD $ 37.15
  • "thanks to all the rangers for their precious work" - Paola Baronio

  • Aug 01, 2019 - USD $ 27.35
  • "Bless you all" - Lori D-J

  • Jul 31, 2019 - USD $ 20.16
  • "Amazing job. Rangers and their families deserve to be protected, for what they risk everyday." - African Star Tours

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "These guys need this." - Myles Brewer

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Keep up the amazing work gentlemen and gentle ladies and we are all behind you and thank you from the bottom our hearts for your incredibly dangerous work????????" - Sean williams

  • Jul 31, 2019 - USD $ 29.65
  • "“Ultimately conservation is about people. If you don’t have sustainable development around these (wildlife) parks, the people will have no interest in them & the parks will not survive” Nelson Mandela" - Melanie van Zyl

  • Jul 31, 2019 - USD $ 27.00
  • "Keep The Faith!" - Nolan

  • Jul 31, 2019 - USD $ 37.05
  • "Respect!" - Marcel Brekelmans

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 385.58
  • "Support rangers. They support our ecosystems, wildlife and wild places. " - Andrew Campbell

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 1 116.63
  • "Keep up the good work. Thank you." - Gill H

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 372.21
  • "Support a ranger today if you want to see wilderness areas protected." - Andre du Toit

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 367.43
  • "To the ranger who gets this cover - Thank you for everything you do to protect our wildlife." - Janelle Barnard

  • Jul 31, 2019 - USD $ 88.93
  • "The world needs Rangers!! ????????????" - Linda Kremer

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 372.21
  • "I'm working on my roar." - Beh de Bruin

  • Jul 29, 2019 - USD $ 36.79
  • "Thank you" - Anonymous

  • Jul 19, 2019 - USD $ 41.64
  • "Be safe" - Mark Leary

  • Jul 17, 2019 - USD $ 39.48
  • "Respect" - Peter Sweet

  • Jul 16, 2019 - R 372.21
  • "Just a little mental comfort for those who protect our wilderness areas." - Dave H

  • Jun 24, 2019 - R 10.28
  • "Love Africa Marketing Test Payment" - Cassandra

  • Apr 24, 2019 - R 375.29
  • ""To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." - Ralph Waldo Emerson" - Tyne vd Merwe

  • Apr 08, 2019 - R 375.29
  • "its time to start protecting the protectors of our wildlife!" - Brandon Ford

  • Apr 04, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Protect those that protect our Heritage" - Kevin Watson

  • Apr 04, 2019 - R 375.30
  • "Project Rhino and African Conservation Trust challenge all in our sector to support the supporters of our heritage and our lifeblood" - Francois du Toit

  • Apr 04, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "lets protect those, that protect those, that cant protect themselves" - Carla Gillham

  • Apr 04, 2019 - R 365.01
  • "Great cause. I challenge the travel and tourism community to sponsor minimum of 1 ranger each." - Andre du Toit

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Donations to date

R 60 014.57

Fundraising target

R 100 000.00
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Game Rangers Association of Africa

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The GRAA is a NPO that supports rangers across Africa. Rangers work at the coalface of conservation, risking their lives to protect our natural heritage. These brave men and women work in very dangerous environments, with the threat of the ruthless poacher always present. We provide support, networks and representation for rangers across the continent. Just some of the areas we aim support them include upskilling them with specialised training; providing uniforms and equipment to better endure the many harsh hours in the African bush; and we also offer ranger insurance - a huge game changer - giving these rangers peace of mind that they and their loved ones will be looked after, should something happen to them.