EAT was founded in 1993 by Douglas Chandler as a vehicle for promoting environmental sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa, where he had lived for many years.
On retiring Douglas returned to UK and tried to settle down. His concern for species conservation, particularly Black Rhino, prompted him to commence exploring ways of providing assistance. His analysis concluded that education about the issues was an important component. Eventually he, along with others, founded EAT as a means of addressing the education issue. He established a schools correspondence programme involving more than a dozen pairs of Zimbabwean and UK schools. Information was exchanged between the schools for some time until his untimely death in 1997.
Regrettably the other Trustees lacked the resources needed to continue the work, principally time, and EAT fell dormant. However the Chairman, by now Mike Chandler, with the agreement of the other Trustees explored the options. Closing EAT down and transferring the assets to another Trust was the obvious easy option but this was quickly set to one side. Instead a number of initiatives were undertaken to seek out a partner of some kind, EAT had an asset, namely the Charity Commission registration that the Trustees were reluctant to relinquish providing a sustainable arrangement could be made.
Arrival of Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative and Kilimanyika
In 2004, through EATís network, an introduction to Mpingo Conservation Project, now known as Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative (MCDI) was effected by Fauna & Flora International (FFI). FFIís support for MCD had been long lived and had seen the project taken from an undergraduate expedition in 1996 to a project funded by BP and the Darwin Award and was running as an NGO in Tanzania with full-time staff by 2004. FFI continue to have a strong relationship with the Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative. At this time, MCDI was seeking a UK representative charity to support it in its fundraising, awareness-raising and operational activities and EAT felt this was an opportune moment to both support MCDIís development and for its own revival.
A correspondence was initiated by email between the two organisations. In due course an agreement was reached that MCDI would put forward two Trustees to come on board alongside the existing EAT Trustees. Together they planned to revive EAT to become in the first instance the vehicle in UK that MCDI needed and secondly to develop in its own right. The involvement of the MCDI was therefore not only of benefit to the Tanzanian NGO, but also to EAT itself, and the charity is now undergoing a committed revival with support from Comic Relief and other donors.
Since 2007, EAT has been working with Kilimanyika, a firm offering specialist technical support in natural resources management, communications and campaigns. Kilimanyika conceived and now manage the Sound & Fair campaign which is being supported through EAT with donor funds.