The SAVE project is located in Mbomo on the southern edge of Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Republic of the Congo. This national park, which is one of the oldest in Africa and part of the world’s second largest rain forest reserve, lies in an equatorial area. Due to its size, it has a significant impact on the global climate and all living beings, even in the distant Europe.
Odzala-Kokoua National Park is characterized by its primordial and untamed wilderness and fascinates with an infinite diversity of species thanks to its impassibility and isolation. Western lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, antelopes like Bongos and Sitatungas, forest buffaloes, forest elephants, but also lions and leopards live there. This remote paradise is threatened by human influence.
An alleged lack of alternatives and poverty force the people living on the outskirts of the national park to avail themselves of their environment’s seemingly endless resources. They eat bush meat (meat from wild animals) and cut down forests. The national park as an intact ecological system is at risk.
Therefore, SAVE and the Sabine Plattner African Charities (SPAC) work closely together on establishing a sustainable concept of agriculture, also in dry seasons, and environmental education. Only if the population of Mbomo manages to switch to a year-round alternative diet and values its untamed and untouched environment as a cultural and touristic opportunity, the people would start to protect wildlife in the national park.
The collaborative project “Education for Conservation” was founded by SPAC and SAVE in August 2014. It provides children living near the borders of Odzala-Kokoua National Park with knowledge regarding their environment. Establishing respectful interaction between humans, animals and nature is an important goal of rain forest conservation. Children and teenagers who often grow up in poor conditions are shown new future prospects and learn in a playful manner how they can support their family.
A vacation program has been started in the community center Sanza Mobimba in August 2014. It takes place during the two-months summer holidays, the hottest and driest time of the year. Two staff members were trained in interactive pedagogics so that they can teach content about environment and wildlife in a playful, professional and true-to-life manner.
It is also planned to start special vacation projects for children and teenagers from Brazzaville to familiarize them with wildlife in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park and motivate them to protect nature.
In total 20-25 children and teenagers take part in the afternoon program and environmental education lesson. They play ball games, bake bread, learn how to maintain vegetable gardens and understand the importance of bees in the rain forest.
The Sabine Plattner African Charities (SPAC) is our cooperation and execution partner of the project in the Republic of the Congo. SPAC aims to empower children, women and men of the Odzala-Kokoua National Park region to independent and sustainable handling that secures a worth living future in the rain forest.
Güven İŞLER, lawyer, is patron of our children’s project in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park since 2014. Become project supporter or sponsor of our children’s project in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park and make children’s hearts leap for joy!
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