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THE RHINO ORPHANAGE (Supported directly through Pathfinder UK®)
The Rhino Orphanage is a registered non-profit organisation based in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. It was founded by Arrie van Deventer in 2012. The orphanage is the first specialist, dedicated, non-commercial centre that cares for orphaned and injured baby rhinos with the only aim of releasing them back into the wild. It was created due to the lack of a specialized place for rearing baby rhinos who have been orphaned because of the current poaching crisis which feeds the illegal rhino horn trade.
Baby rhinos are hand-reared by the rehabilitation staff, who feed them a milk substitute as well as supplementary food. The rhinos are split into groups according to age and how dependent they are on their human mums. Natural behaviour such as playing, and wallowing are highly encouraged and are developed normally if the baby rhinos are socialized with each other. They have a large yard to play in and daily exercise involves a bush walk, where there is also an opportunity to graze, and for the rhinos to familiarize themselves with the territory they will be released back into. Health checks, diets and medical problems are treated by specialized veterinary staff, and human contact is restricted to prevent the imprinting of rhinos to humans, unless the baby is very young, unwell or distressed.
Pathfinder UK® are the adoptive family to two baby rhinos – one-year-old Mapimpi and baby Annie, a recent addition to the orphanage.
Six-month-old Annie and her mum were well known at the Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust - and they would both come out of the bush to greet visitors, with baby Annie running up and down the trails. Unfortunately, although mum was dehorned by the Rhino Protection Unit, poachers still took her life, leaving Annie lost and distressed. When Annie’s mum was found, the team thankfully recognised her, and realising Annie was on her own somewhere, they instantly set out to find her. Annie was caught and relocated to The Rhino Orphanage, where she will be cared for throughout her childhood.
However, Annie was very sick and traumatised. She experienced full-blown anxiety attacks due to her understandable mistrust of her human carers and refused any bottles. She was in terrible pain from colic and would throw herself against the floor and walls, and she also developed ulcers in her eyes, which left untreated could cause blindness. The unknown horrors little Annie witnessed also made her afraid of the dark, causing her carers to have to leave the lights on in her room to enable her to settle.
Annie is now taking a bottle and eating some grass, but she still calls out for her mum and sleeps with the lights on. Her eyes have almost cleared up, meaning she will soon be able to go outside.
Medical bills are stacking up for this little girl and the vital treatment she needs - if you wish to follow Annie's journey and donate to her care, please follow the links. We will also be launching some exclusively designed Rhino Orphanage apparel to raise further funds very soon. Thank you. (Updated 10 March 2021)
Mapimpi (meaning ‘let him be humble’) was only 7 days old when he arrived at the Rhino Orphanage. He was found beside his mother and older brother after they had been killed by poachers. For his first five and a half months, carers took turns to sleep along side him, waking up at 1.30am and 3am to give him a bottle. He would nudge, cry, and throw food bowls at his ‘mums’ to let them know he was hungry, and taking him on bush walks would inevitably involve him falling over his own feet and faceplanting numerous times!
At 5 months old, Mapimpi started to be distanced from his human mums, a necessary move to ensure he didn’t become human imprinted which could cause problems when he’s older. He started spending his days with Amelia and Jessie, who are a few weeks older than him, in preparation of him moving into their room with them and to sleep without a carer.
Mapimpi is the cheekiest, naughtiest rhino at the orphanage to date, who loves to do ‘zoomies’ around the yard, and to get into arguments with his room mates Amelia and Jessie. He is now entering his weaning phase and if everything goes according to plan, he will shortly be introduced to Annie, giving her the comfort she needs, just like he needed almost a year ago.
JANAKPUR WOMEN’S CENTRE, NEPAL (Supported through Permaset Inks)
The Janakpur Women’s Development Centre is based in Kuwa village in south-eastern Nepal. Its mission is to promote Mithila arts and empower Maithil women through the generation of income from their skills in making art and crafts.
To date, the centre has trained hundreds of women and the arts and crafts produced and designed at the centre have become known as “Janakpur Art.” Currently the centre employs 40 women who work in areas on site to produce fine art, textile (silkscreen and embroidery), ceramics and papier-mâché crafts.
Colormaker Industries (Permaset Water Based Inks) provided the inks for the Centre, and supported British Council Artists International Development Award Winner, and Textile Artist Nellie Rose in setting up her workshops to teach the women screen printing.
FREE THE REEF CAMPAIGN (Supported through Permaset Inks)
As part of Australia based Colormaker Industries commitment to help save the earth and Australia’s natural wonders, they have been supporting the Free the Reef campaign since 2015. Aiming to raise awareness about the threats to the Great Barrier Reef, Colormaker provide their eco-friendly Permaset inks to the Free the Reef team to print their t-shirts on their live screen-printing tour around Australia. Rallying businesses, artists and the community, and using the power of art to raise awareness and the vital funds, the campaign aims to strongly influence decision makers to create future proofing legislation that will free the reef from negative human interventions. This includes threats such as illegal fishing, climate pressure, marine debris, agricultural runoff, rapid industrialisation, and inadequate legislation.
SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES, SA (Supported through Cottonridge Hoodies)
SOS Children’s Villages supports vulnerable children, as well as fragmented families. When a child loses everything, SOS Children’s Villages is there to give them a home, a mother and a family. They believe that children deserve more than just survival- they have a right to grow up in a safe and caring family environment, giving them the best chance of a secure future.
SOS Children’s Villages provide care through their family-like complexes, family strengthening programmes, and their community service centres. They build families for children in need, and help them shape their own futures, whilst sharing in the development of their communities – SOS Children’s Villages’ goal is to ensure that no child ever grows up alone.
CHILDREN WITH CANCER UK (Supported through Cottonridge Hoodies)
As the leading national children’s charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer, Children with Cancer UK fund life-saving research into the causes, prevention and treatment of childhood leukaemia and other childhood cancers, whilst working to protect young lives through essential welfare and campaigns.
Their vision is a world where every child survives cancer, and their mission is to improve survival rates across all types of childhood cancer, and to support children and their families to live better lives during and after treatment.
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