Africa and the Middle East are known for diverse landscapes, majestic wildlife, and rich cultural history. Thousands of travellers are drawn in by the plains of the Serengeti, the sandy peaks of the Sahara, the ancient pyramids, and the rugged coastline of the Cape of Good Hope, just to name a few of the region's many highlights. Other visitors come in search of roaming game and the famous ‘Big 5’: elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros.
Africa is known as much for its striking landscapes, as for the cultural history and the people that reside there. The continent has seen the rise and fall of many civilizations, and today its people face a new set of challenges. Millions have been affected by diseases like malaria and HIV/AIDS, which has left many children orphaned and in the care of other family members. This crisis has been compounded by a mismanagement and depletion of natural resources in some areas, as well as political instability in others.
In spite of these difficulties, these regions have shown to be places of great resilience. Local communities have been organizing to gain control of their natural resources, and strengthen their education systems. They are also exploring alternate means to attain economic stability and better opportunities for their children. Planeterra has partnered with these communities to support their efforts.