The Soft Foot Alliance Trust was created to address human-wildlife conflict in a way that works for both, people AND animals. By testing new techniques, empathetic of peoples needs, wildlife needs and environmental needs we aim to create sustainable conditions for both people and animals to thrive in the same area and help redevelop the respectful balance people once had with the natural world.
Because we live in a community where people live on about USD $0.30 per day, we needed to develop low-cost practical and scalable solutions that can be implemented by the community members themselves. Part of the Soft Foot Alliance’s vision is that these projects support community members develop trade skills and create a number of regional social enterprises. These new business opportunities move community members beyond subsistence farming and acknowledges that, while it is most welcome, tourism can only provided jobs for a small percentage of local people; much more diverse employment opportunities are needed.
Developing skills, educating people, creating social enterprise and improving prosperity can result in reducing survival anxiety that is prevalent in our impoverished communities. Once people can move beyond day-to-day survival anxiety, that is all consuming, we are able to create and support opportunities that go beyond eliminating human-wildlife conflict to re-connect more local people with the local wildlife needs. In addition introducing permaculture strategies to restore the water table, reverse soil degradation and manage use of water and fire woodland, the community is joining forces to rehabilitate the native environment.