Since the launch of our website so many things happened, and it is high time to write a news item about it.
The first thing we did after establishing the website was getting into touch with many well-known Dutch universities, such as TU Delft, University of Twente, Agricultural University Wageningen and TU Eindhoven to promote Stichting Simba Nature Protection and Education Foundation and to find students and teachers who can help us with our plans. We also wrote our Rescue Plan for Iranian Wildlife, an overall plan which integrates all our projects to one complete plan. You can find this plan on the website.
In February 2018 our President, Marjan van der Schaaf, travelled to Iran and had meetings there with amongst others the Dutch Embassy, the UN in Iran, sponsors, NGO’s, universities, local people like the nomadic Quashqai tribe and of course local Iranian governmental institutions to find support and cooperation for our plans in Iran.
The results of this trip were very good and all the persons and organizations which Marjan visited expressed their support and cooperation for the plans and gave her concrete information and ideas to work with.
When she returned to Holland, Marjan met again with the Dutch universities, which resulted in several internships for students. Some of these students already started their internship, like the student which is working on the animal shelters / dog training centers and the student which is working on the animal hospital and wildlife rehabilitation care. Other students will start working in a few months on the knowledge centers for agriculture and livestock farming, the safari park / breeding center of the Quashqai tribe and the air to water projects.
Next to that we have been very busy with finding new ways of fundraising, like the art
project “The Phoenix of Iran” which you can read about in the news item “What? Are you guys now involved in art?”
Other options we are currently investigating is a cooperation with European companies in the field of leather bags, natural essences like rose water etc. It is very important to always keep looking for original ways to raise funding for our projects. And of course, we continue with the “old” ways of fundraising which are described in the news item “What are you going to do for fundraising?” as well.
So, clearly there have been very interesting developments over the past few months, but these developments are also very time-consuming. That is why we are really looking for talented volunteers now who like to join us and can help us with their specific skills and knowledge to save Iranian nature and wildlife as we speak and preserve it for future generations.