Since 2012 - Tigers4Ever has distributed 1580 Education Packs with ecology books to children living with wild tigers in 22 villages around Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh, India. Tigers4Ever has also funded 3 Scholarships each year for Students at the Bandhavgarh School of Art since 2013.
OUR AIM:To prevent wild tiger deaths due to man-animal conflict or habitat destruction; and to prevent human deaths due to a lack of understanding of the consequences of careless actions.
Provide educational resources to children living with wild tigers so they can attend school and learn.
Provide ecology books to children living with tigers so that they can learn about the consequences of taking scarce forest resources on forest ecology and its wildlife .
Provide three annual Scholarships for three students at the Bandhavgarh School of Art.
Educate villagers on the consequences of their actions in the forest and on personal safety for themselves and their livestock.
Work with local communities to ensure they benefit from wild tiger survival.
Rural families are often large with low income levels (around Rs.500 (£5.50) per week) so cannot afford to buy books and writing materials so their children can go to school. Without education these children have reduced employment options and an increased dependency on scarce forest resources.
Without education the children of rural communities will most likely turn to farming land which will be claimed by cutting down more forest areas to make room for crops thus increasing the risk of man-animal conflict when animals enter the villages in search of food, water and prey.
Without education children enter the forests to collect firewood and graze livestock where they may lose their lives due to tiger, leopard, bear or wild boar attacks.
With Scholarships young people have the opportunity to earn income as an an artist by either teaching others or by selling their artwork to tourists. Providing alternative income sources enables these young people to reduce their dependency on scarce forest resources and reduce incidence of man-animal conflict.
Children who can read and write have the opportunity to work for the forest department in roles which protect wildlife and its habitat rather than destroying it to create space for crops, etc.
Villagers frequently wander into the forest alone to collect firewood, mahua flowers and tendu leaves or to graze their livestock , when wild animals attack the human response is to hit the tiger, leopard, bear, wild dog, etc., and then the angry animal usually kills or badly mauls the human.
By sourcing education packs from local suppliers, Tigers4Ever helps to boost the local economy and gives local businesses incentives to ensure that wild tigers survive.