Helping Local Communities take Action
Sanctuary programs for conservation education, health and sanitation, and economic development are helping to improve the lives of the people, and to protect the forest for the future.
Bringing resources to the task
Ape Action Africa provides teachers and materials to local schools, hosts a Nature Club in the capital city and "field trips" to bring children into the forest that is their natural heritage. They deliver polio vaccines and build latrines, and at Act for Great Apes we are now working to help them bring clean water to the area.
Fostering local development
With encouragement and support form the sanctuary, local communities have formed a development collaborative, where a range of activities generates revenue directly for the communities. Ape Action Africa provides a venue for traditional dance performances, a market for artisan goods, and purchases vegetables from collective farms. That's in addition to being the largest employer in the area, with nearly 50 local staff.
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