African Rainforest Conservancy (ARC)

ARC's mission is to conserve Tanzania's Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests by raising the capacity of local conservation networks and encouraging sustainable economic development. Current projects are being implemented in two of Conservation International's "ten most threatened forest hotspots" - the coastal forests of Eastern Africa (#8) and the Eastern Afromontane (#10). These forest hotspots have as little as 10 percent of their original forest habitat remaining, yet are home to at least 1,500 plant species found nowhere else in the world. The Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests are globally important for their biodiversity values; nationally important as the water...
Dec 17, 2012

December 2012 Update

Greetings from Kanga Village! We are excited to report that this project is over half funded and we have just over $1,000 left to raise before we can fully implement it. With the initial funds this project has received we were able to purchase some of the required beehives and equipment for demonstration purposes and organize participants for their first training. We look forward to sharing photos in our next update and introducing you to the families participating in this project.

Please consider making an end of year gift to help continue to support this project in the coming year or give a gift in the name of a loved one this holiday season by simply clicking on the "Gift or in-honor of" tab. You'll have the option to email, print, or mail a lovely acknowledgment card to the lucky recipient.

From all of us at ARC, thank you for your support and warm wishes this holiday and for a very happy new year!

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Jun 11, 2012

June Project Update

Did you know that this project has the potential for farmers to produces more than 50 liters of honey per year and earn as much as $400 annually in additional household income? For one of the world's poorest economies, where one-third of the population lives below the national poverty line, this is HUGE. And what is even more amazing about this project is that not only do local farmers profit from it, but the forests do too because farmers have an additional incentive to conserve the forests where the beehives are kept (we can't resist saying that this win-win situation is the "bee's knees"!). Thank you to generous donors like you, we are on our way to doing great things for Kanga Village's people and its forests.

We've been humbled by the generous support we've received to our two other projects on GlobalGiving and are hoping to take things up a notch with this project and have it fully funded by the end of the summer (we need just an initial $1,500 to launch it). To kick things off, we are excited to let you know that this Wednesday, June 13th is GlobalGiving Bonus Day and all donations to this project will be MATCHED at 50%!* Will you help make this project a reality? Your additional gift of $10 will become $15 and your $50 gift will become $75. Forward this email, post the report on your Facebook page, tweet about it on Twitter - tell your friends why you chose to support this project and ask them to make a gift too. It is amazing what we can accomplish when we all do our small part. 

On behalf of all of us at ARC, THANK YOU for supporting Kanga Village's beekeeping project. 

*Donations will be matched between 12:01am EDT and 11:59pm EDT on June 13th, up to $1,000 per donor. 

Jun 11, 2012

You helped us reach 85% of our project goal!

We said it and you did it! In our March update we said we needed to raise at least $7,000 to begin the first construction phase of this clinic project, and three months later we've raised three times this amount! Thank you!!! A special thank you to all of you who gave through the LivingSocial Middle East fundraising challenge. Participating members competed to raise the most funds for this project (the top fundraiser had his/her trip paid for) and are currently summitting Tanzania's Mt. Kilimanjaro. We know they are feeling quite proud that they not only took on an incredible physical challenge with the climb, but that they also were able to bring a small village in Tanzania its first health clinic. 

So what happens next? The construction of the clinic will begin this summer and within months we anticipate the nearly 2,500 people who call Kikomolela home will have access to basic healthcare services right in their own community and will no longer need to walk the 6 or 7 kilometers to neighboring clinics. We are so excited for what this will soon mean - immediate treatment for malaria, cholera, TB, measles, and other treatable diseases; assistance with deliveries and postnatal care for expectant mothers; and HIV education and prevention. To put it quite simply, people will be healthier and lives will be saved. 

We are excited to let you know that this Wednesday, June 13 is GlobalGiving Bonus Day and all donations to this project will be MATCHED at 50%!* Will you help us raise the last $4,000 we need to reach our project goal? Your additional gift of $10 will become $15 and your $50 gift will become $75. Forward this email, post the report on your Facebook page, tweet about it on Twitter - tell  friends why you chose to support this project and ask them to make a gift too. It is amazing what we can accomplish when we all do our small part. 

On behalf of all of us at ARC and Kikomolela Village, THANK YOU! We look forward to sharing photos and stories of the clinic construction in our next project update. 

*Donations will be matched between 12:01am EDT and 11:59pm EDT on June 13th, up to $1,000 per donor.