Today, 15th October, highlights the importance of rural women in their fight and struggles to overcome the conditions of poverty in village life. Sadly, in many rural areas it's women and girls who suffer the most from multi-dimensional poverty.
Please meet Lilian. She owns a parcel of natural forest on her land which is used daily by the Bulindi chimpanzees, and which our project helps to conserve and reforest. And she has planted a woodlot outside the forest to meet her family's future fuel and wood needs. Our project has helped her with housebuilding; she now has a permanent house made with bricks and finished with iron sheet roofing. She is a teacher at a local primary school and is the secretary of the local Friends of Nature committee. 50% of the Friends of Nature committee in Bulindi, who work with us to conserve local forests, are women. Project activities including the construction of three village boreholes with the help of BridgIt Water Foundation and Suubi Community Projects-Uganda are making a big difference to the lives of women, like Lilian, and children, who are normally the collectors of water.
We are committed to help the villagers who live alongside chimpanzees in difficult circumstances, and give them alternatives to relying on forest produce and deforestation to make ends meet.
To support our project - please vote for our Habitat Restoration and Ecotourism for Chimpanzees project (we are the third project down) - bit.ly/VoteForBulindiChimps