"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." -Gandhi
The Housing and Education Foundation, Inc. (HEF) is a non-profit organization based in Louisiana. HEF is dedicated to enhancing the physical, social, and educational development of underprivileged families. Through HEF’s African Village and Safari Park, located in Central Louisiana, we provide a one-of-a-kind, motivational and educational camp for underprivileged children, who would not otherwise be able to experience such a unique outdoor environment. HEF programs focus on lecture and hands-on education to teach participants about exotic wildlife, local conservation and much more.
HEF was established in October of 1995 and is a 501 (C)(3) certified organization. During HEF’s early years, we were able to provide comprehensive support services that enhanced the physical, social, and educational development of underpriviledged families living in affordable housing developments. HEF has provided affordable housing to economically disadvantaged families through low-income housing tax-credit programs established by the federal, state and local governments. This enhances the quality of life for these families by providing comfortable and economical housing and providing economical childcare programs. The families are recommended from various organizations such as the Battered Women’s Program, Volunteers of America, Family Roads, The Salvation Army, to name a few . Among our established programs are: Transitional Housing for the Displaced, Child Care Programs, Before and After School Care, Summer Educational and African Village Programs. Enrolled families are rehabilitated as independent, capable and competent citizens in the community. HEF has housed hundreds of families through our Transitional Housing Program and provided aid to thousands of children in our children’s programs over the past 15 years.
During the last year our primary focus has been enhancing our Safari Park and African Village Programs through our highly popular camps and tours. Our Safari Park and African Village is a unique preserve that encompasses approximately 1,500 acres, and we are constantly adding to the many amenities that already include a swimming pool, petting zoo, fishing piers, horseback riding and walking trails. This area is rich in flora and wildlife, and we aim to conserve these treasures for future generations while allowing underprivileged children and their families to enjoy the beauty this land has to offer. We provide a unique outdoor experience through lecture and hands-on education about exotic wildlife and local conservation. On our guided tour of the Safari Park, the children will participate in motivational exercises, wildlife and plant biology workshops, nature walks, and much more. In this past year alone we have educated and entertained the following groups and organizations: Make a Wish Foundation, Plaucheville Neighborhood Watch, Moreauville Community DARE program, Plaucheville High School Teachers Association, FFA Day, State FFA Officers Group, Avoyelles Disabled/Handicap Group, Valley View Nursing Home, Moreauville Girl Scouts, St. Joseph’s Catholic School 8th grade class, and Lake Sherwood Village Senior Living Center, just to name a few. Diversity is our goal!