Since 2012 - Tigers4Ever has distributed 1800 Education Packs with ecology books to children living with wild tigers in 24 villages around Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh, India. Tigers4Ever funded 3 Scholarships each year for Students at the Bandhavgarh School of Art since 2013 - 2017. From June 2017 the Tigers4Ever Scholarships at the Bandhavgarh School of Art will change so that more children will have an opportunity to learn how to draw, paint and become artists (more details to follow as the new scheme launches in late July 2017). From June 2017 Tigers4Ever will also be working closely with the Global Tiger Conservation Society in Bandhavgarh to deliver education packs to the most needy children in rural villages so that they can attend schools and gain an education. Watch a video of our work in 2017 here: https://vimeo.com/222085521
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.
We provide educational resources to children living with wild tigers so they can go to school to learn.
We provide ecology books to children living with tigers so they can learn about the consequences of taking scarce forest resources on forest flora and fauna.
We provide funding for materials and teaching for annual Scholarships at the Bandhavgarh School of Art for children living with wild tigers.
We educate villagers on the consequences of their actions in the forest and on personal safety for themselves and their livestock.
We 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/writing materials so their children can go to school. Without education these children have reduced employment options & an increased dependency on scarce forest resources.
Without education children in rural communities will probably turn to farming land which will be claimed via further deforestation to make room for crops increasing the risk of man-animal conflict as animals enter villages in search of food, water and prey.
Without education children enter the forests to collect firewood & 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 & reduce incidence of man-animal conflict.
Children who can read & 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 & tendu leaves or to graze their livestock , when wild animals attack the human response is to hit the tiger, leopard, bear, wild dog, etc., 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 & gives local businesses incentives to ensure wild tigers survive.