In order to conserve the small population of savanna chimpanzees in Senegal, West Africa our organization Neighbor Ape works to educate people living alongside them and to aid in their welfare as well. Our project includes educational workshops at villages sharing land with chimpanzees, as well as providing scholarships for village children so that they can attend mission schools in regional towns or nursing school in the capitol city of Dakar. We especially try to assist young women.
Humans and chimpanzees are increasingly coming into conflict in Senegal as the population of the country grows with increasing economic development, specifically due to the development of new mining projects. Educating people about chimpanzees helps them understand apes here & provides them a means with which they can work to solve their conflicts. Problems chimpanzees face are the same ones that humans are likely to face soon with increasing resource extraction & environmental change.
Education is shown to correlate with positive conservation practices, especially the education of women. In addition to educating the local human population & working to absolve conflicts between chimpanzees and people who live alongside them in Senegal, we sponsor between 6 & 10 village children yearly. These children are given the opportunity for better education through access to mission schools in regional towns or specific educational programs, such as nursing school in the capitol city.
This project will educate and work to resolve conflicts between chimpanzees and people living in 14 different villages and a number of schools within chimpanzees' range in southeastern Senegal via a workshop series. We will also sponsor the education of village children in mission schools in regional towns and in professional schools (such as nursing school) in the nation's capitol. We also plan on building a school for a neighboring village.
Educating children in Senegal, especially those who have no access to secondary schools due to the remoteness of their home villages is an investment for the future of both human & wildlife community. - Chris Eckstrom and Frans Lanting, National Geographic photographer, cinematographer
Total Funding Received to Date: $6,165
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $5,810
Total Funding Goal: $11,975
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).