The Gorilla Organization is helping to protect the Kahuzi-Biega National Park, DR Congo - home to the endangered eastern lowland gorilla - by engaging women living around the park in sustainable agriculture, and thereby reducing pressure on the gorilla habitat for resources.
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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1117131)
It is estimated that there are fewer than 3,000 eastern lowland gorillas remaining in the wild and populations are under threat from habitat loss caused by illegal mining, political conflict, encroachment and trespassing. With many husbands involved in mining and the ongoing conflict in DR Congo, women living around the Kahuzi-Biega National Park are frequently relied on to take care of their families with little support. Working with a local partner, the Gorilla Organization has been addressing this problem by providing the women with livestock, seeds, land and tools, and training them in sustainable agriculture, improving their livelihoods, diet and health and in turn reducing pressure on gorilla habitat. At present, nearly 250 women and their families are benefiting from pigs, while over 150 have been given goats. One third of all offspring produced are distributed to further beneficiaries, extending the project to nearby communities and ensuring that as many people as possible benefit. The women have been learning and implementing basic farming techniques, growing a variety of crops including ground nuts, sweet potato and cassava. This not only covers their subsistence needs, improving health through a more balanced diet, but also helps to generate income through the sale of surplus. Annual funding provides: - Agricultural inputs including seeds and fertilisers - Medical supplies for treating the livestock - Operating costs including project staff salaries, rent and travel costs
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