Waterfall bordering private land currently on sale
We are going through a period of record high inflation and economic recession that has significantly reduced donations to charities. But climate crisis and 6th mass extinction due to human activities both are accelerating. Countries and states are fighting for the last drop of water as major rivers drop to historic lows while severe hurricanes cause billions of damages, leaving people homeless, rich or poor. It is time we take measurable actions but one thing is clear, we cannot rely on the world leaders, who has failed to save the economy and the environment.
Since it's inception in 2017, Rainforest Protectors Trust has been on a mission to purchase and permanently protect private forest lands in Sri Lanka exhibiting high biodiversity that would otherwise be clearcut. We verify the deeds are legal through our lawyers, conduct land surveys using licensed surveyors and negotiate with sellers to purchase these privately owned forest lands at the lowest possible price.
Despite having raised only 5% of the required funds towards setting up a "Rainforest Conservation and Education Center", Rainforest Protectors Trust is hopeful that during the upcoming holiday season donors will step up. The good news is that GlobalGiving will be distributing $1.2 million matching funds to charities during the upcoming Giving Tuesday which is Tuesday, November 29th. Mark your calendars, setup reminders and bookmark our project to donate during the 24 hour period (EST) on November 29th so that your donation will help us obtain matching funds. Based on previous years, we anticipate GlobalGiving to match your donations at 30% to 35% range.
The proposed "Rainforest Conservation and Education Center" in Sri Lanka would play a vital role in the future conservation of Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest. Visitors, volunteers, school children and many more will benefit!
Record high inflation (reaching 60%), lack of fuel shutting down the entire country, formal announcement of bankruptcy, massive public protests, President fleeing the country, these are some of the dramatic events which occurred during the last 3 months in Sri Lanka. During this period, Rainforest Protectors Trust also faced significant challenges due to transportation issues - finding a mode of transportation due to lack of fuel and the exorbitant price of hired transportation, resulting in delayed project activities.
While the cost of almost everything has doubled due to inflation during last few months, the price of land has not, at least for the time being as the real estate market has cooled down. We believe that cost of land will start going up once the economy stabilizes. Therefore, the best time to acquire privately held forest land for conservation and expand the protected buffer zone of Sinharaja Rainforest is right now.
Rainforest Protectors Trust is currently exploring and surveying privately held forest lands for possible acquisition to expand the protected buffer zone. Having protected 4 forest lands totaling 24 acres, we are also working towards purchasing a suitable and easily accessible property nearby for setting up a Rainforest Conservation and Education Center. Once setup it will also enable Rainforest Guardians (villagers employed to protect the conservation lands as well as Sinharaja rainforest) to carry out their work.
Audited Financial Accounts for the past 3 years were also completed during the past quarter, and these statements are available to the public through Rainforest Protectors Trust website under the "About" section.
We urge foreign donors and Sri Lankan expatriates living overseas to please consider making a onetime or better yet a recurring monthly donation for any amount. As mentioned earlier, this is the best time to acquire land for conservation and Rainforest Protectors Trust is looking forward to protecting as much as possible. Together, we can make a difference and achieve the goal of creating a protected buffer zone for Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest.
The past couple of months has been extremely challenging around the world but more so in Sri Lanka due to the economic crisis. Sri Lankans are faced with 13 hour power cuts, lack of fuel, shortage of food and medicine as a result of the ongoing economic crisis triggered primarily by corruption, endless money printing, mismanagement of funds by the Government, Covid and a war in Ukraine. Inflation is skyrocketing in Sri Lanka as well as around the world, which has resulted in hardworking, tax paying citizens stretched to the limit.
The current inflationary environment is hitting hard for non-profit organizations as donations are decreasing significantly. Rainforest Protectors Trust has seen total donations during the last 2 months reduced by 30%. Despite the challenging times, a large group of volunteers from MAS Intimates (Pvt) Ltd visited one of our conservation forest lands bordering Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest on February 25th to create a live fence by planting native Hal and Puwak (Arecanut) trees along the boundary.
Having protected 4 forest lands totaling 24 acres, Rainforest Protectors Trust is now focused on purchasing a suitable and easily accessible property nearby for setting up its first Rainforest Conservation and Education Center. Once setup it will also enable Rainforest Guardians (villagers employed to protect the conservation lands as well as Sinharaja rainforest) to carry out their work.
While costs are increasing due to inflation, the recent dramatic devaluation of the Sri Lanka Rupee provides overseas donors to double their positive impact if acted now. Therefore, we wish to urge foreign donors and Sri Lankan expatriates living overseas to please consider making a onetime or better yet a recurring monthly donation for any amount. Together, we can make a difference and achieve the goal of creating a protected buffer zone for Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest.
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