Snares to Wares is a community-based conservation initiative dedicated to improving human livelihood and protecting wildlife in East Africa. We remove wire snare traps from national parks to keep wildlife safe from being poached. Those wires are then given to local artisans in the village of Pakwach, Uganda who train community members (especially youth vulnerable to being recruited by poachers) to make a living in craftsmanship rather than poaching. By transforming wire snares into pieces of art, these young artists gain the skills and experience they need to provide for themselves and their families without ever resorting to poaching.
Each piece of art is crafted out of snare wire retrieved from the landscape in and around Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda, which would have otherwise captured wildlife such as lions, giraffes, and elephants. Proceeds from the sale of these sculptures flow directly into the community to sustain these transformations.