In 2005 Two Wings supported a project of the Two Wings Award winner Jane Goodall in Tanzania. The Jane Goodall Institute initiated the Lake Tanganyika Catchment Reforestation and Education (TACARE) pilot project in 1994 for the region around the 52 square kilometres Gombe National Park (about 15 km north of Kigoma, in Western Tanzania) in Tanzania. While chimpanzees and other wild animals have found a home in the primary rain-forest of the national park, the environment outside the park is threatened through wood clearing for fire wood and lumber and hence resulting soil erosion. Ecocide and loss of habitat for animals and in long-term also for the human beings are the consequences.
The inhabitants of the surrounding villages are supported within the scope of TACARE. Different possibilities are created in consideration for culture, religion and tradition in order to improve the standard of living of the people in referral to the environment in a lasting way. In the meantime, this successful project has expanded. Today, more than 170.000 people in 25 villages are being trained and supported by co-workers of the JGI from Tanzania in the framework of TACARE.
Roots & Shoots
Roots & Shoots, a global initiative for youth for the environment and human beings is also part of the TACARE Project. In 45 primary schools and children centres in 20 villages, children play an active role in developing and implementing projects for animals, the environment and their communities.
In the region of Kigoma, the Roots &Shoots activities specifically address animals, the environment and the community. Projects already include the planting of trees and shrubbery, excursions to Gombe and workshops relating to HIV/AIDS prevention and control as well as the rights of children. A corresponding advanced training was offered to teachers in the region as well.