However, it soon became apparent that in order to really help the animals, we MUST first help our people – in meaningful, sustainable ways. After all, the suffering of our animals is but a symptom of the suffering of our people. And this thought in mind, we realised that we could, and should, be doing so much more! Thus, our focus shifted from helping animals to helping humans through animals, providing long-term and short-term benefits for both.
Our approach of “helping people first” has opened some rather exciting doors, with local and international interest, input and support. As a result, the concept and objectives of The Eden Empathy Initiative (NPC) have grown and developed to a point where we believe that we will not only make a considerable difference in the communities where we operate – but also inspire change in how we, as South Africans, view and treat one another.
We call it “the Cody magic”.