Our work is local, community-focused and takes place away from the media spotlight. With attention turning once again to east Africa and another malnutrition crisis, the international community must learn the lessons of past failures. Once the animals are gone, we have lost all hope of protecting livelihoods and sustainable communities. If a future of dependency is our only solution, we will have failed once again.
An hour and a half northeast of South Sudan's capital Juba by light plane, near the border with Ethiopia, the parched red earth below is dotted with bright green trees. Within weeks, the wet season rains will turn this 'runway' or strip of bare earth that we land on, into a muddy quagmire, making access incredibly difficult. Travelling by four wheel drive to one of Save the Children's treatment centres for malnourished young children, we travel down a picturesque avenue of trees, their canopies providing welcome relief from the hot day.
Severe hunger that threatens lives is spreading across parts of Africa. Chronically and silently, a food crisis has been growing which the UN says now means that 20million people are facing deadly hunger. It hasn't happened in a day, it won't be solved in one, but it desperately needs the world's focus to save those lives.
Engineers have a huge role to play in this. Engineers extract water from source, distribute it and ensure it is clean and safe to drink. They make the machines that manufacture medicines. Engineers convert power, be it hydroelectric, thermal or nuclear and distribute it to the public, and are doing so in increasingly green ways.
Seeing drivers chase or crowd the wildlife for the benefit of a good view, is saddening. If this continues, we may no longer be able to enjoy these animals in their true element. We are grateful our camp and guide respect this beautiful ecosystem. It has never been more important to pick a safari experience carefully.
The infamous Big Five - the lion, the leopard, the elephant, the rhino and the buffalo - are all incredibly special creatures to see in the wild. Thanks to a rich water supply from the Chobe River and the Okavango Delta, Botswana is one landlocked African gem that can almost guarantee a glimpse of some, if not all, of these legendary animals. You just need to know where to look...