Children of Conservation is dedicated to the conservation and protection of endangered species in developing countries through education, habitat preservation and wildlife sanctuary support. We have realized through traveling to these countries that lasting change requires a global approach. Our projects are designed not only to help the animals, but also benefit the local people working tirelessly to protect these creatures, preserve their habitat, and end the devastating bush meat trade.
Myende is the closest community to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Residents of Myende are the families of workers at the sanctuary and people who were relocated to accommodate the 49 chimpanzees that live on Ngamba. The islands are in Lake Victoria and Myende is a fishing community with no amenities, school or health clinic. Children growing up in Myende do not receive an education beyond that provided by a few volunteers. There are few opportunities for employment or enterprise.
We intend to build a seven classroom primary school for the community. It will serve as a place of education, accredited by the Ugandan education authority, for the children of Myende, but also serving as a training facility of adults. The community is motivated to learn new skills and start new businesses. The school will have a neighboring farm which will produce food for the community but also to sell to Ngamba Island for the chimpanzees. This will cut food costs for the sanctuary by 80%.
At the root of all threats to the animals we seek to protect is a common thread - people. For this reason, the corner-stone of our work is education and empowerment-based projects that provide a mutual benefit to both humanity and endangered species. The results of providing this community with the resources needed to educate their children, and an opportunity to advance will impact the animals and create a culture where the future leaders of their society come from a background of conservation.