Children in the Wilderness (CITW) is an independent non-profit organization established and supported by Wilderness. CITW hosts rural children that live alongside Wilderness and other partner concessions, and through their Eco-Clubs, YES Programme and Eco-Mentor training, teaches them the importance of conservation. The children are exposed to their wildlife heritage, building and strengthening their capabilities to cope with life’s challenges. They are educated with the life skills necessary to actualize their greatest potential, so that they are equipped to become the future custodians of these pristine wilderness areas.

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Empowers Africa has partnered with Children in the Wilderness in order to provide a cost-effective solution to fundraising in the United States by acting as their fiscal sponsor. Any donations made here will be granted to Children in the Wilderness.

Empowers Africa uses Stripe to process credit card donations. Stripe has very stringent security rules which may lead to declined credit card transactions. If you are experiencing trouble processing your donation, kindly contact Nadia Derelieva at (917) 328-1611 or via email:

Children in the Wilderness Campaigns

Children in the Wilderness General Programs

By exposing children to their natural heritage, all of the Children in the Wilderness programs create a network of learning sanctuaries that uplifts and cares for our children and conserves our planet. In this way, we are inspiring children to care for the environment and become the custodians of these areas in the future.

Education Bursaries

Providing a child with the opportunity to complete their education is life-changing and a wonderful gift! The Scholarship Programme provides funding for the necessary school fees and if possible, we try and assist with uniform, stationery and other school expenses as well. Funding from our programme comes largely from Wilderness Safaris guests and agents, as well as other partner NGOs.


General Donations

If you do not have any specific project in mind and wish the organization to use their own discretion, please click here.

Donate in Rand

If you’d prefer to make a donation in Rand, please use the following donation button. You will have the chance to indicate a specific program if applicable.

Empowers Africa can only offer tax deductibility in the U.S. as we are a U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity and not a South African nonprofit. if you wish to make a tax deductible contribution in South Africa, you must contact Wilderness Safaris directly at

Donations can also be made by check or wire transfer:

Checks should be made out to “Empowers Africa” and should be mailed to:

Empowers Africa
2 Beekman Place, Ste. 18B
New York, NY 10022
(917) 328-1611

Kindly note in the memo section of the check that funds are for Children in the Wilderness and indicate a specific program if applicable. Or email us at

For wire transfer details or more information, please email us at

Empowers Africa has been approved as a U.S. public charity, contributions to which are tax deductible for U.S. federal income tax purposes under Section 501(c)(3) [EIN: 32-0403737] of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

Thank you for your support!