Please like the Walk For Water 100 Facebook page to follow Richard's amazing journey walking from Melbourne to Queensland!! A whopping 2,500 kilometres in 100 days!
Richard is raising funds to help us provide clean water to villages where chimps and people are both trying to survive alongside one another. In these areas, villagers and chimps come into conflict when people encounter the chimps while collecting water from forest streams. Installing boreholes (wells) in villages away from the forest not only provides residents with a clean accessible water source, it reduces the risk of potentially dangerous encounters between people and chimps: This is both a water project and a conservation project!
Last year with the help of BridgIt Water Foundation and Suubi Community Projects-Uganda we installed 3 village wells in Bulindi.
The image below shows Bulindi chimp Leila carrying her daughters, Georgia (on her back) and Wendy (on her belly), across a busy village path near a child who has dropped her watering cans in fear after hearing the chimps coming. The photo was taken before the boreholes were installed. Now, children don't have to risk meeting chimps when they fetch water!
Richard is generously raising funds to help us install village wells in areas surrounding Bulindi where people and chimps also come into conflict at forest water sources.
To support Richard's walk and help this important water project please visit:
Thank you all so much for your amazing support for the Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project in the EOCA European Outdoor Conservation Association public vote. We are SO proud to annouce that with your your help, votes and shares, our project received most votes in the Forest Category and will be funded!!! This award will enable us to extend our reach to cover new areas and increase our impact on the ground significantly.
Watch this space for regular updates (beginning January 2018 when the new project starts) about our activities and the impact these have for local people, the environment, and of course the chimpanzees.
THANK YOU & PANT HOOTS TO YOU ALL!!!!!
PLEASE VOTE TO SUPPORT CHIMP CONSERVATION
please visit bit.ly/VoteForBulindiChimps (we are the third project down)
300 or more wild chimpanzees cling to survival on village land in Uganda's Hoima District (https://bmcecol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12898-015-0052-x).
Most conservation efforts understandably focus on great apes inside government-managed protected areas. But who speaks for the unlucky 300 Hoima chimpanzees living outside such areas?
The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project is a small grassroots organzation. We're devoted exclusively to finding effective solutions to conserve Hoima's chimpanzees and improve lives of people living alongside them.
We're shortlisted for a grant from EOCA European Outdoor Conservation Association. If successful, this award will provide much needed funds to support our work on the ground. Please vote for us here: bit.ly/VoteForBulindiChimps (we are the third down).
The PUBLIC VOTE runs from 4 October for 2 weeks.
PLEASE, please visit the EOCA site - http://bit.ly/VoteForBulindiChimps and vote for our project:
Habitat Restoration and Ecotourism Project for Chimpanzees, Uganda (it's the third project down).
And please SHARE with your friends, family, and colleagues. EVERY VOTE COUNTS!