Dog Collars for Africa
Our Story Behind Dog Collars for Africa
My wife Diane and I made our first trip to Africa more than a decade ago. This fascinating continent gets under your skin. In fact, we loved it so much that we started a safari company!
But while the African wildlife is magical, it is your bond with the people of Africa that last a lifetime. On our numerous trips we have made friends who may appear to have nothing by American standards, yet are the richest people in the world. They have taught us the lesson that it does “take a village.” Everyone helps everyone. That lesson inspired us, like so many others, that we wanted to do something to help out. It was a way for us to say “Asante Sana” – thank you very much – for the wonderful experiences we have had in Africa and for the help we have received in operating our safari company.
In addition to loving Africa we also love dogs. In fact we are crazy about dogs! Our pride and joy was Heidi, our German shepherd rescue, and first dog collar model. One day these two passions merged together in an “AH HA” moment. We wanted to get a holiday gift for Heidi, the dog who had everything, and found a great African organization, Beads for Education. They were selling beautiful beaded items that included dog collars.
Sadly, Heidi passed away recently. Heidi had quite a life and loved showing off her Maasai beaded dog collar we bought for her. We have a new friend now – Alley. We recently rescued her when she was found abandoned in an alley near where Heidi used to go to daycare (hence the name). She loves modeling too!
But best of all the purcase of Heidi’s collar led me to talk to Debbie Rooney the founder of BEADS and that led to the introduction of Patrick OlePapatiti, a Maasai warrior who lives in Kenya. Debbie asked us to support his education at the United States International University (USIU) in Nairobi Kenya. We said yes. And recently Patrick graduated with a degree in International Business Administration. Be sure to read about Patrick's Graduation on our blog - Click Here.
In December 2011 I had the honor and pleasure of visiting Patrick and staying with him in his village in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Once again I saw the sharing and caring attitude of the African people. As we watched his cattle and goats graze we discussed how we could operate a business together. And as is typical Patrick discussed with me how that business would benefit his village. Patrick’s wife Agnes and the women of the Ongata-Rangai village are incredible bead artisans. The light bulb went on. How about selling beaded dog collars and using the proceeds to improve life in his village? It would help the village, allow us to give something back and provide fellow dog lovers with something rare and unique. And that is how Dog Collars For Africa was born.
One of the most important things the village needs is a well for water. Currently the women walk 6km for water everyday. The proceeds from your purchase of collars will go to help build this well. And if you would like to donate more Infinite Safari Adventures will match you dollar for dollar. We are working with A Voice Is Heard a charitable 501(c)(3) organization that builds wells. You can learn more and donate by visiting avoiceisheard.org.
Thanks for visiting our site and supporting Patrick and his village. We know your dog’s tail will be wagging as they show off their unique beautiful collar. And you can take pleasure in the fact that you are helping a village of warm friendly people realize their dreams of educating their village and improving their lives.