In February of 2016 Alan and Laura Honda traveled to Tanzania on a once in a lifetime trip. While there, they visited a remote school in the small lake-front village of Magu-Mwanza near the Serengeti National Park called Zariki Nursery and Primary School, which has 280 students enrolled this year. They saw the children had no books, supplies or shoes. Upon learning that the cost of building a classroom at the Zariki School was $13,000, Alan knew he wanted to help. Alan and Laura watched as the children sang and talked to them about their favorite animals. Alan was so inspired by the students and teachers there that he made a pact with himself that he would be a part of building a classroom. He strongly believed that these kids deserve an education and an opportunity to take care of their wildlife, themselves, and their community. Unfortunately Alan was not able to fulfill this when his life was suddenly cut short. With help from friends and family, Alan’s legacy can live on by building a classroom in his name.
On this trip Alan also met Mr. Patel, who founded African Wildlife Trust. This organization helps protect elephants and works to put an end to illegal poaching. This organization started Ivory Orphans, a place where they foster animal orphans until they can be released. Alan and Laura were able to tour the Ivory Orphan facility and saw two beautiful lion cubs whose mother was killed by humans. Alan was in awe of Mr. Patel and his son and was inspired to help support the work of the African Wildlife Trust. If we surpass our goal, the extra funds will be donated to the African Wildlife Trust.