RICHARD'S WALK FOR WATER & CHIMPS
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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.
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Until our recent water project at Bulindi, many local households got water from streams or springs by the forest. At such times they often encountered the chimpanzees. Many local villagers are afraid of the chimps -- especially young children, who are often tasked with fetching water. Sometimes women and children couldn't collect water at all because of the chimps; at other times, groups of children would shout and throw stones at them. Such behavior can provoke aggression from chimps and several children have been hurt as a result. In turn, this reduces local tolerance towards the chimpanzees.
In addition to providing villagers with improved access to clean safe water, the recent construction of 3 village boreholes should substantially reduce these risky encounters between chimps and people, leading to a more positive coexistence! Thank you so much to Wendy Tisdell of BridgIt Water Foundation and Steven Beingana of Suubi Community Projects-Uganda for making the water project happen! Pant hoots!!!
Wendy is Leila's infant daughter and the youngest member of the Bulindi chimp community. She's now 11 months old! Wendy was recently named after Wendy Tisdell, director of BridgIt Water Foundation who generously supported a borehole project at Bulindi. Thanks to the help from (human!) Wendy, 3 villages in Bulindi now have access to clean water -- impacting over 1000 people! Already we're seeing a positive effect for the chimps too: the boreholes mean that people no longer fetch water from the forest, and as a result they're less likely to get into altercations with the chimps!
WATER FOR BULINDI!
So pleased to announce that construction of 3 boreholes is now complete and the wells are fully operational! These boreholes will provide households from 3 villages in Bulindi with an accessible source of clean water. They also mean villagers will no longer have to collect water from forest streams where they risk running into the chimps!
Huge thanks and pant-hoots to Wendy Tisdell of BridgIt Water Foundation for supporting the borehole project and to Steven Beingana of Suubi Community Projects-Uganda for organizing the construction! It was a privilege to have Wendy, Steven and colleagues visit Bulindi this week for the opening of the wells!
Wendy from BridgIt Water Foundation and Steven Godwin Beingana from Suubi Community Projects-Uganda with the Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project and other colleagues preparing to open the borehole in Kihambya village. — with Moses Ssemahunge Atwooki, Matt McLennan, Steven Godwin Beingana and BridgIt Water Foundation © Jacqueline Rohen