WHAT WE DO
After School Conservation and Health Programs
CHT teaches local community members including schoolchildren about conservation and health and discuss issues facing wildlife especially mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in order to alleviate the conflict between the wildlife and the community. We also teach kids about environmental stewardship through art projects that reinforce recycling and reusing materials.
Improving community livelihoods
CHT recognizes in order to save wildlife, communities must have their basic needs met. We contribute to our local communities in many ways including:
- Donating rain water tanks to reduce the need for humans to enter animal habitats in search of water. This decreases the likelihood of disease transmission between humans and gorillas.
- Planting bamboo and trees to prevent soil erosion and provide animal habitat.
- Building clean latrines to promote cleanliness and healthy living.
- Providing hand-washing stations and trash bins to inspire children to be ambassadors in their families by practicing good hygiene and keeping the environment clean.
- Supporting alternative income sources to reduce the need for taking resources from Volcanoes National Park. For example, we donate sheep to local families. The sheep can be used to provide wool that can be sold for income, rather than harvesting wood for sale from the forest.
Connecting Children To Nature
CHT takes children who participate in its conservation and health awareness program to the Volcanoes National Park to see mountain gorillas in wild. Though children live alongside mountain gorillas, they rarely get to see them and visit their natural habitat. This opportunity allows them to connect with local wildlife.
CHT holds large-scale events annually to increase our reach. These events include:
- Educator workshops to build capacity for local teachers.
- Sports activities like tennis tournaments and fun runs to encourage healthy living.
- Parents As Partners Open House - an end-of-year celebration for CHT after school program participants to share with friends, family, and local partners what they have learned, particularly regarding health and conservation messages.