Environmental and community projects for young people
In 2005 Two Wings supported a project of the Two Wings award winner Jane Goodall in Tanzania. In 1994 the Jane Goodall Institute developed a pilot project for the region around the 52 km² Gombe National Park in Tanzania (located 15 km north of the city of Kigoma in western Tanzania), the “Lake Tanganyika Catchment Reforestation and Education Project” – abbreviated TACARE. While the primary rainforest of the National Park is home to chimpanzees and other wildlife, the environment outside is threatened by deforestation for firewood and construction timber, resulting in soil erosion. Environmental degradation and loss of habitat for animals and, in the longer term, for humans are the consequences.
TACARE supports the inhabitants of the surrounding villages. Various possibilities are created with respect to culture, religion and tradition in order to improve people’s standard of living in a sustainable way in relation to the environment. In the meantime, this successful project has been expanded. Today, more than 170,000 people in 25 villages are supported or trained by JGI staff from Tanzania within the framework of TACARE.
Roots & Shoots
Roots & Shoots, a global initiative for youth, the environment and people, is also part of the TACARE project. In 45 primary schools and children’s centres in 20 villages, children play an active role in developing and implementing projects for animals, the environment and their communities.
In the Kigoma region, the Roots & Shoots activities focus specifically on animals, the environment and the community. Projects have already included planting trees and shrubs, excursions to Gombe and workshops on HIV/AIDS prevention and control and children’s rights. Teachers in the region were also offered further training.