We like getting to know the people behind the non-profit organisations that we partner with. Today, Dr. Sue Snyman, Regional Director of Children in the Wilderness, tells us more about running a non-profit organisation.
In 10 words or fewer, what is the idea behind Children in the Wilderness?
Sustainable conservation through leadership development.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received (in the context of a Non-Profit Organisation)?
You can’t help everyone, but you can make a sustainable positive difference in a few people’s lives so don’t get despondent at the vastness of the issues/problems: focus on those you can help.
What advice would you give those wanting to work for, or start, a Non-Profit Organisation?
Ensure that you are passionate about, and believe in the work, that you are doing; it makes going to work a pleasure!
What, in your mind, has been Children in the Wilderness’ biggest success?
Our staff – they are all passionate and love the work that they are doing!
What have you/ your organisation learnt from mistakes that may have been made?
Manage all stakeholder expectations: under promise and over deliver.
In what way would you like Children in the Wilderness to impact South Africa?
Develop leaders, provide important environmental education, broaden horizons and provide opportunities for the future custodians of our conservation areas.
Have you met any people or heard any stories that have inspired you to do the work that you do? If so, please tell us a little more.
There are a number of examples of children and adults (staff, volunteers and community members) whose lives have been completely changed by Children in the Wilderness – to see the impact that it has in their lives and their families’ lives is inspirational!
Why did you decide to do the work that you do?
I am passionate about conservation, love teaching and believe strongly in developing future leaders, so it was a perfect match!
To visit Children in the Wilderness’s project on Different.org, click here.