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We already received extremely moving messages due to your support so far, and we will continue to advocate for these causes in the coming years. The links for donations will continue to work until May 2019 - please contact us if you want to make a donation past that date.
Azevedo-Detjen Reading Room
The funds raised will be used towards building improvements and materials (books, computers) for a reading room for Escola Municipal Fundamental Zona Sul, Torres, Brazil. This school is located in Torres, by the northern-coastal area in Rio Grande do Sul, Julia's homestate. Due to lack of federal funding the kids from an impoverished community suffer with the seasonality of the local economy that depends on tourism.
Today four hundred kids attend nine different grades in Escola Zona Sul. After visiting the area, located right behind Parque Nacional da Guarita (a popular natural reserve in the area), we were struck with the lack of resources in this particular school and in most of the homes located in the favela that grew behind this beautiful National Park. Escola Zona Sul's reading room is abandoned and computers were removed due to lack of funds and maintenance. Early childhood education is in our view one of the most important pillars to opportunity, economic resilience and development.
With your contribution we plan to reinstate Escola Zona Sul's reading room, providing books and programs focusing in education, the importance of marine preservation and tourism for the local economy. It is also a safe space for kids to develop their social interactions, curiosity and learning capabilities after school hours. Providing better access to these kids should last more than any gift we could ask for.
Link for donation has changed to: https://www.gofundme.com/juliaandmati
Dian Fossey Gorrila Fund International
Volcanoes National Park, Virunga, Rwanda
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is dedicated to the conservation, protection and study of gorillas and their habitats in East Africa. Since 2008 the mountain gorillas have been on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and depend on conservation efforts to survive. A large part of their historic range has been destroyed with the national park they inhabit in Rwanda being fully encroached by farm land and there are now just over 800 mountain gorillas remaining. The Fossey Fund operates with an integrated approach, in which to protect the gorilla populations it works in close collaboration with local communities as well as partners from around the world.
We were fortunate enough to spend time with the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat in Volcanoes National Park. It was incredible to behold their presence, peaceful nature, strong communal ties and interactions. While there we also visited the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park in July 2017 and we were moved by the work that over 120 people do every day to protect the population of gorillas in Rwanda. Through its work, The Fossey Fund promotes daily protection, scientific research, and education that are essential to the survival of the species.
The communities located near gorilla habitat are impoverished and face many challenges in their daily lives, such as limited food resources and lack of access to health care and clean water. The Fossey Fund has programs targeted at meeting basic needs in these communities, which not only helps people but also supports effective conservation efforts. We hope that your contribution to The Fossey Fund's work helps leave a long legacy of gorilla conservation for future generations. Although there are so many worthwhile causes to choose from this one is very close to our heart as we believe it is essential to ensure the survival of one of our closest wild relatives that we got to see in its original habitat.
Link for donation: http://www.justgiving.com/Julia-Dal-Pont-de-Azevedo-Matthias-Detjen