The COVID-19 related poaching surge threatens Gorillas project was launched after Rafiki, one of Bwindi's silverback mountain gorillas from Nkuringo gorilla group, was killed on June 1st by bush meat poachers.
Rafiki's killing has been attributed to the absence of tourism around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, due to the national lock down and ban on primate tourism since the COVID-19 pandemic reached Uganda. This has left very many people jobless and impoverished around Bwindi where community members were previously heavily dependent on tourism for employment. The park has seen a spike in people entering the forest illegally to hunt for animals such as duikers and bush pigs which share the same habitat with the endangered mountain gorillas.
We have raised $9,025 out of our target of $20,000 from 16 donors, with 1 monthly donor and 1 fundraiser since the project was launched 4 months ago. Funds raised from this project will provide nutritional support to people around Bwindi with nutrient-rich, fast-growing, low-maintenance food crops which can be grown with minimal inputs and space.
The following activities have been accomplished to date:
- Developed an implementation strategy to reach the target groups.
- Conducted internal planning sessions and developed a budget for the program.
- Implemented a survey around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to identify crops and vegetables which are preferred by target communities and are suitable for the prevailing climatic conditions.
The following activities are scheduled to be accomplished between August and December 2020.
- Procurement of planting materials including seeds such as tomatoes, onions, cabbages, kales, spinach, beans, groundnuts, maize, sweet potatoes and amaranth
- Nursery bed construction
- Mobilization and identification of most at risk and most in need beneficiaries
- Sensitization and training of beneficiaries
- Distribution of the ready to grow garden kits
- Monitoring and follow up of beneficiaries.
At the beginning of July 2020, Conservation Through Public Health was selected to receive a $1,000 micro grant from GlobalGiving which will be a great boost towards achieving this project’s planned activities.
Thank you very much for all your invaluable support.