Neighbor Ape is currently involved in several ongoing activities, mainly educational in nature. We are assisting OBRAR, a Senegalese organization, in building a dormitory for Beudick children living in outlying villages, in order for them to attend school in the regional town of Kedougou. Progress continues on dormitory construction, with the foundations for the dormitories (boys & girls) as well as housing for a chaperone and a kitchen being built. Additionally, a well and a latrine are being dug. The dormitory should be completed in time for the 2013 school year.
Conservation steward Dondo Kante continues to conduct educational workshops at villages in southeastern Senegal. These workshops are conducted in stages. The 1st is an introduction to chimpanzee behavior and ecology. The 2nd stage involves conversations with small groups of people in a particular village about chimpanzees and any questions or concerns they might have, including discussion of real or potential conflict. Finally, the 3rd stage consists of presenting conservation issues that chimpanzees face in the region.
Neighbor Ape continues to fund schoolchildren of various ages and stages. Anna Boubane is completing her third and final year of nursing school in Dakar. Katherine and Natalie Kante are in high school in the regional city of Tambacounda, while Alex and Nadege Kante are attending elementary schools in Kedougou. Allamoutah Camara attends high school in Kedougou. We are preparing to purchase a year's worth of school supplies for the village of Djendji, which lies within the home range of the Fongoli chimpanzee community.
We continue to work to identify conflicts between humans and chimpanzees in the region through our Eco-Ranger program. Currently, three eco-rangers are working in the areas of Angafou, Bandafassi and Lande, Senegal to monitor chimpanzee presence via nest and food trace evidence and to update us on any problems that may occur between chimpanzees and the humans they live alongside in this region.
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