What compels us to get out of our comfort zone? Not sure, but here’s what started my journey to help save African wildlife.
My Journey to Make a Difference
I grew up in South Africa. My parents immigrated from postcard pretty Switzerland in 1950. From my mother and our outdoor lifestyle I developed a real love for nature. No, we didn’t have lions roaming around our compound, but we had a friend who owned a bush farm adjacent to the famous Kruger National Park. There I had many close encounters with wild things… from the gentle impala to the furry tarantula… from the deadly boom slang to ear splitting Christmas beetles.
Looking back I had an idyllic childhood, at least as far as nature goes. Then I left my homeland in 1971, and I really never gave Africa another thought. I got caught up in city life, first in Europe and then in the USA.
Marriage, children and a career later I found myself heading back to South Africa in 2009. It was time to bid my father good-bye, he was in the last stages of Alzheimer’s. Little did I know that trip was about to change my life.
Taking a break from visiting with my parents Russ and I visited the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary. There we met Shannon. We attended her flight show. Russ and I were both mesmerized. Not sure if it was the owl that flew over my head or the stories Shannon told about these unique birds… Either way my heart was changed. Once again the very heart of what is Africa called out to me.
From caring comes courage.
As the plane took off for the USA part of me stayed behind. Russ and I talked for hours. The dedication of those who protect and preserve African wildlife was inspiring. It was time I did something too. But what?
Now, Russ and I aren’t wealthy, we’re just ordinary folk, so what could we do? There had to be others like me. Others who also wanted to help but didn’t know how. Out of all this in April 2010 Nikela was born. Nikela means “give to” in Zulu. Giving to help people saving African wildlife. Nikela is a US based 501(c)(3) virtual charity, so that anyone, anywhere, who cares to give, can.
If that’s you, visit Nikela.org today.
Be Brave. Only Believe. Just Do.
Margrit Harris loves nature and wildlife pretty much above all else… that is except her spouse, Russ.