African Educational Stories

African Educational Stories aims to teach children to love, respect and conserve animals from a young age. This by allowing them to relate to the characters and stories written in a style that will keep them entertained.

A rhino education book aimed at children ages 5-12, which through its pages reveals the ugly truth of Rhino Poaching but leaves the power of support of the next generation in its wake. This is achieved by the book giving life and a personality that the child can affiliate within Bongi as opposed to a rhino on the other side of a fence and belonging to someone else or in a different country hundreds of miles away. The rhino now has a name, Bongi, and this is where the power of both the message within the story and the book itself lies.
The current "Hot Spot" for rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park in Southern Africa and this is where Bongi's Quest is to be launched.

Off the back of bicycles, Chris Daniel (Author) and Sboniso Phakati (African Translations) aim to cycle around the entire Kruger (larger than most European countries) and handing Bongi's Quest books out to all the village children.

The impact of this is greater than simply educating the next generation, for these children are in fact being used as ''spotters'' by the poachers for rewards as insignificant as a Coke or a packet of chips. The book not only installs the understanding of the full extent of poaching and the love for rhino/Bongi but has a call to action in the form of the SANParks anti-poaching number on the back.

Therefore educating and empowering our next generation where ever it lands.
A Portuguese book is available for the Mozambique side of the park and a Chinese book ready to catch a flight to China. This is then projected 2 and 3, with the Asian destination, education, and empowerment being the crucial and ultimate destination of Bongi's Quest, for this they will have an effect on the future demand for rhino horn which is the root of the problem.

Although all being done on the ground in hard-hit rhino poaching countries is slowing the poaching down or keeping it from running away, with a demand still in place, we will be fighting on the ground forever. Adults mindsets are very difficult to change and so the ONLY opportunity, although a long-term project, is with the children.

This is what we intend to do and are happy for all the support for we will not be able to do this ourselves, as the rhino salvation is not only for ourselves, we need a global effort for a global result in avoiding the extinction on our harmless, prehistoric, iconic rhino species of the world.
Welcome to the fun side of saving a species! The seemingly impossible has been achieved numerous times throughout human existence, let's save our rhino from extinction and add that to the list.

"Education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world"- Nelson Mandela

A Page from Bongi's Quest

Bongi knew that the Vulture was the bushveld eye in the sky and set off to the cliffs to find him …”he would have seen who did it” thought Bongi.

Seeing Bongi approaching, Mr Vulture flew down from his cliff perch and listened to Bongi’s sad story.

“I did see something”, said Mr Vulture, “but it was not one of the Bushveld animals that did this”