Covering 1.8 million square kilometers, the Congo Basin is the world’s second largest rainforest and home to many endangered species. To protect them the Park Rangers face many threats from poachers, civil conflict, militia, competition for natural resources and natural disaster. Since 1996, over 140 rangers have been killed.
The Park Rangers Widows and Orphans Project (PRWOP) is a locally run project set up by Jean Pierre Jobogo Mirindi to help the widows and orphans of his colleagues in Virunga and Kahuzi-Biega parks. It provides practical support enabling the women to establish sustainable livelihoods and gives the children access to education.
Renew SCIO is the Scottish based charity that raises awareness and funds to support the project.
This extract was taken from http://www.scotlandvpoverty.org/case-study/jean-pierres-story-drc…
(Photo: Marco Kost http://www.mountains-and-more.de/)