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September 30th, 2019 | EMPOWERSAFRICA.ORG
Empowers Africa on Location
Scenes from Kwita Izina 2019. Photo Credit: Jim Olson

This summer, several Empowers Africa members had the privilege of traveling to the continent to visit important projects and attend special events, including the annual Kwita Izina ceremony and The Business of Conservation Conference in Rwanda, and several projects in Uganda. 

Please read below to find out more about our adventures. 

Just Back From Rwanda
Fred Swaniker speaking at Rwanda's 15th annual Gorilla Naming Ceremony on September 6th, 2019

Rwanda's 15th Annual Gorilla Naming Ceremony in Volcanoes National Park 

On Friday, September 6th, our Chair of The Board of trustees, Krista Krieger,  was lucky enough to attend Kwita Izina, a time honored Rwanda tradition that celebrates newly-born gorillas in a naming ceremony. The name attributed to a baby gorilla plays a significant role in the ongoing program of monitoring each individual gorilla in its family group and habitat. The ceremony is hosted by the Rwanda Development Board and it was amazing to see African countries get behind conservation and the preservation of their incredible wildlife and resources.

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Business of Conservation Conference 2019

Empowers Africa Attends The Annual Business of Conservation Conference in Kigali 

The African Leadership University (ALU), through its School of Wildlife Conservation (SOWC), in partnership with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) hosted the second annual Business of Conservation Conference (BCC) in Kigali between the 8th to 9th September 2019. It came at the end of the 15th annual ‘Kwita Izina’ baby mountain gorilla naming ceremony where Fred Swaniker, Founder and CEO of the African Leadership Group, was recognized as a friend of Rwanda and honored as the lead namer of 25 gorillas. 

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Project Visits in Uganda
Ally Lebron with the children of Purpose Uganda Babies Home
Purpose Uganda Babies Home

Last month, Empowers Africa visited fiscal sponsorship partner PUBAH (Purpose Uganda Babies Home). PUBAH is a non-profit organization that funds a small orphanage and pre-school for babies and young children in the Entebbe region of Uganda’s Wakiso district. Their vision is to provide a stable home and environment for children who have been neglected, orphaned or removed from incapacitated families. Currently, some of their most urgent needs are: CCTV security cameras around the premises to protect against break-ins; office furniture; medical supplies; and funds to set up a poultry farming income-generating activity for the orphanage. 

These kids deserve every bright future the world can offer them. Thank you to Director Remmie, John and the entire team for the wonderful work they are doing on behalf of these children.

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Conservation Through Public Health

Earlier this year, Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) received a grant from Empowers Africa. CTPH focuses on reducing disease transmission and improving the health and livelihoods of people, gorillas and livestock that coexist in and around Africa’s protected areas. Grants Program Manager, Ally Lebron, recently visited CTPH to see the results of Empowers Africa's grant for human-wildlife conflict mitigation initiatives.

Through the grant, CTPH's Reformed Poacher Project  was able to identify and train an additional ~150 former poachers. As part of the program, identified individuals voluntarily turn over poaching tools and weapons to CTPH; are provided with sheep; and trained to manage livestock deworming and best practices in husbandry. Additionally, 50 HuGo (Human-Gorilla Conflict Resolution) community volunteers were provided with rain boots and jackets to support their work defending communities against wildlife crop raiding safely and appropriately.

We thank CTPH for their important human empowerment and conservation work in the region!

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Coming Soon: A short film about the women of Dunia Camp in Tanzania
Paula on location in Tanzania at Dunia Camp, Africa's only all-female staffed camp.
Photo Credit: Lacy Morris

Our Executive Director, Paula Franklin, is just back from The Serengeti working on a short film about the only all-female staffed camp in Africa, Dunia Camp. The film will premiere at the Empowers Africa Women's Day Event next year - watch this space for your invitation.

This film focuses on the story of how Dunia became an all-female camp, not only inspiring young woman in the surrounding communities to believe that they can reach their dreams, but also proving that woman can dominate in the tourism and conservation space  despite cultural stereotypes.

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 Africa News to Know
Tsavo Trust Releases New Documentary Film

This is the story of the few remaining super tuskers in Kenya and those who work to protect them. The elephants symbolize an important conversation about the fight for space between humans and all wildlife as our global population continues to increase.
Our Oceans: Shark Sanctuary Premiers at Jackson Wild Film Festival

“The screening of Our Oceans: Shark Sanctuary at the Jackson Wild Film Festival was a resounding success. There weren’t enough chairs to seat everyone that arrived to view it and the room was overflowing with ocean lovers,” said Lauren van Nijkerk of WILDOCEANS.

“The feedback from the audience was overwhelmingly positive and the bulk of the comments spoke to the hope linked to the youth movement that are standing up for their oceans, their sharks and their heritage. The audience also commented on the marine protected area thread that runs through the film and asked about our progress in advancing protection of SA waters, which is very positive and gaining momentum." 
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