We believe that effective solutions address humanitarian and environmental needs simultaneously. We've been working hard this year to refine our programs and chart a course for a great 2022. Highlights include:
Research: Thanks to our partnership with scientists from Harvard University, we are at the forefront of learning about our bonobo relatives. A longitudinal study of three Kokolopori bonobo groups is entering its seventh year. Species knowledge is key to species conservation!
Health Clinics: This year, we collaborated with the CDC and the Robert Koch Institute to contain a monkeypox outbreak, a virus that is potentially deadly for humans and bonobos. Next year, we plan to update our health clinic and add a second location! Our goal is to bring health care to even more Peace Forest communities.
Women's Initiatives: REFED—the women's cooperative in Djolu—is ready to turn their soapmaking project into a bona fide business! In addition to creating soap, oil, fuel, and agricultural products, this environmentally responsible enterprise will create exciting economic opportunities for Peace Forest women.
Trackers: These people are true conservation heroes, trekking through the deepest rainforest in all conditions in order to observe and protect bonobos. One of our main goals is to secure consistent support to provide salaries, training, and equipment and to expand our monitoring program.
We have so much to look forward to. With your help, we can make 2022 the best year yet!