IMAGINE PEACE FOUNDATION
A Year of Gifting Week 28
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
This week I was reminded of
this organization that for many years has been near and dear to my heart. If I was to pick an animal that most
resembled humanity it would be the Gorilla family, yet there are people in
Africa who hunt and kill these amazing creatures for sport. The entire population is at great risk of
becoming extinct within 50 years if we don't work together to ensure their
safety. The Dian Fossey Fund works to
educate and support the local community in turn supporting the protection of
what's left of the Gorilla population.
When you look into the eyes of a Gorilla, you can see a part of
yourself. Please join me this week and
donate a minimum of $3-$10.00 to save the life of a Gorilla. Also consider some of their other programs, "Adopt
A Gorilla" or, their "Coins for Congo" program at work or in
your community. By contributing to this
important cause you not only save the Gorilla, you save the people and
environment in that community; we're all connected.
Do at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
Founded by Dian Fossey
in 1978, we are dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas and
their habitats in Africa.
Mountain gorilla in Rwanda
We are committed to promoting continued research on the gorillas and
their threatened ecosystems and to providing education about their relevance to
the world in which we live. In collaboration with government agencies and other
international partners, we also provide assistance to local communities through
education, health, training and development initiatives.
value of our work
Fewer than 800 mountain
gorillas are left in the world and the Grauer's (eastern lowland) gorilla
population is also endangered. In fact, all gorilla habitats are
threatened. Gorillas help maintain a very delicate balance in th rainforest
and healthy ranforests are an incredibly important buffer against the ongoing
global climate change that affects all of us...
Poverty reduction, health promotion and
conservation education are irrevocably linked to environmental protection. The
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International has developed programs to help people in
Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo where we protect gorillas, to
address many of these issues: alleviating extreme poverty; developing
public-private partnerships; increasing access to essential medicines;
combating disease through intestinal parasite treatment and prevention
education; empowering women; helping children go to school; reducing child
mortality; improving maternal health; assisting in environmental stability and
reversing loss of environmental resources. For example, click here to learn
a Gorilla packages make great gifts. Proceeds support rescued orphan gorillas
at GRACE center in Congo and mountain gorilla protection patrols in Rwanda.
custodians of the planet it is our responsibility to deal with all species with
kindness, love, and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty
is beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness."
Richard Gere, American Actor
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