During 2017 all 22 Ranger Posts in KNP as well as Special Forces were serviced by a team of 8 SHRs from various Regions. Posts were visited 4 times per year.
It is evident that stress and trauma is not only linked to the rhino situation but to all poaching, accidents, crime related incidents and many more.
Project Embrace was established as a National Project at the Indaba 2018.
We as SANParks Honorary Rangers are honoured to be involved with Project Embrace.
The purpose of Project Embrace is to present a Pro-active Preventative Trauma & Stress Management Programme to Field Rangers and their family members, enabling them to function at their optimal level.
This is achieved through:
- Building of resilience by developing life skills
- Awareness of signs, symptoms and negative effects of continuous stress and trauma and how to handle and cope with these stress factors
- Knowledge of different self-help tools and being equipped to apply Wellness skills and tools to counteract the negative effects of continuous stress
- Being familiar with various professional services available and know how to access these services.
Project Embrace, the intervention to enhance Ranger Wellness, is rolled out as a multi-pronged approach to effectively address the emotional dilemmas of the Field Ranger and their extended family on different levels, with the focus on their psycho-social well-being.
Embrace is presented to Field Rangers and family members four times per year, at times as arranged with Park Management.
The specific needs are established in conjunction with Heads of Parks, Section Rangers and Field Rangers.
The philosophy followed is based on integration of personal responsibility and self-management principles. Emphasis is on managing change and being able to cope with the emotional impact of change (converting from being a field ranger to being part of, among others, the anti-poaching forces).
A ranger who is healthy in body, mind and spirit is better able to protect life, limb and personal welfare.
How to get involved
A budget of R100 000 is required to expand and implement Project Embrace in National Parks. Any contribution to this worthwhile project will be appreciated.
Enquiries can be directed to Elize Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org