DRC

A conservationist helps DRC’s forest communities fight COVID-19

For Dodo Tshidinda, a typical day at work looks nothing like what you might expect. Traversing hundreds of kilometers on a motorcycle deep in the Congo Basin rainforest is par for the course for Dodo, African Wildlife Foundation’s Program Officer in the Democratic Republic of Congo. So are days with no internet connectivity or phone signal.

As most of the world currently works from home and shelters in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 36-year-old Dodo has not slowed down but redoubled his efforts in service to his community.

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Mountain Gorilla Rangers

Fewer than 900 mountain gorillas exist today.

Mountain gorillas remain exceedingly endangered and live in only one area—the Virunga Heartland. This landscape spans the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, and Uganda and is often threatened by civil unrest and violence. As a result, gorillas face threats from not only poaching, habitat loss, and fractured populations, but also from residual upheaval from human conflicts. 

Student Gorilla Trek

Wildlife permits are too expensive for native Rwandans. 

Despite living so close to the magnificent mountain gorilla, many Rwandans lack the ability to fully engage with and experience the world around them. The high price of a permit (US$35, now US$50) prevents many from being able to see the mountain gorillas that live exclusively in Central Africa. As a result, only tourists see the majesty of local protected areas. 

REFED

War has destroyed much of DRC’s infrastructure. 

Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have faced many challenges as a result of ongoing conflict and social upheaval in the region. Poor infrastructure and the threat of violence have prevented many from being able to provide for their families, pursue an education, or build a sustainable livelihood. 

AWF steps in to support women.