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Mabingwa - The Champions

Imagine if everything we have taken for granted did not exist

Mabingwa - The Champions
The ESCAPE Foundation provides funding for well-informed partners like Well Told Story whose mission is to create social and economic value in Africa by harnessing the power of research, media and strategic communications to improve lives. The ESCAPE Foundation and Well Told Story brought their two missions together on a groundbreaking report entitled Understanding Young People’s Attitudes Towards Wildlife and Conservation that researched youth attitudes towards wildlife and conservation in Kenya. What they found was that the wildlife conservation industry is very confusing for Kenyan youth. The relationships between conservancies, communities and wildlife are often conflicting and the ways for youth to engage and the rewards for doing so are not obvious. Below is Mabingwa - The Champions, a movie produced by ESCAPE to better illustrate the findings of this groundbreaking study.

Mara Elephant Project

Protecting elephants to conserve the greater Mara Ecosystem

ESCAPE Foundation, Inc. is the primary funder of a boots on the ground initiative, Mara Elephant Project, which aims to ensure the safety and prosperity of African elephants in the Maasai Mara region. Strong anti-poaching action, partnerships with local government, elephant research, GPS tracking and community education and outreach help MEP to accomplish their mission of managing human-elephant conflict.

Our Trusted Partners

Suzanne Fehsenfeld
Founder of the ESCAPE Foundation

Suzanne Fehsenfeld founded ESCAPE Foundation, Inc. in 2011 from her passion for wildlife conservation with a global vision. Her frequent African travels to the Maasai Mara inspired ESCAPE’s first boots on the ground initiative, Mara Elephant Project, which she founded to protect the region’s African elephants. Suzanne possesses both a global and local lens. Her commitment to wildlife conservation prevails globally through her work with Tusk Trust and Stop Ivory and in Indiana as a founder member of the Indianapolis Zoo.

Brian Kearney Grieve
Executive Director

Brian brings a wealth of experience to ESCAPE, his previous positions include Program Executive for Reconciliation and Human Rights Program at Atlantic Philanthropies in the Republic of Ireland for over a decade where he led their highly impactful grants programs in the areas of higher education, human rights, migration, disability and sexual orientation. He continues to serve as Advisory Board member of Ariadne, the European Network of Social Change and Human Rights funders, was a founding steering committee member of the European Consortium of Foundations on Human Rights and Disability, and vice-chair of the European Program on Integration and Migration from 2012 to 2014. He is the vice -chair and Non-Executive Director of Sevis Finansye Fonkoze, the largest micro finance institution in Haiti. Brian holds a B.Comm and an Honors degree in Economics from the University of KwaZulu, Natal, South Africa and an MBA from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

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