Could you imagine what it would be like to not have a reliable source of water for you or your family each day? This Earth Month (ending April 30) we are asking for your help to raise $4,000 to provide water for the community that supports GRACE and for the gorillas we are caring for each day. We're thrilled to confirm that our incredibly generous partner, Nashville Zoo, has agreed to match each donation 2:1! That means your gift - at whatever level you are able to give - will go 3x as far!
Community members are currently gathering at the single access point in the village and waiting for hours at a trickling tap to collect water for their families. The gorillas are unable to enter their new forest, which is otherwise ready for them, until a water source is secured. Proceeds will go directly towards rebuilding the infrastructure that collects water and transports it down the mountain to the GRACE community. In partnership with GRACE, community members have volunteered their efforts to help rebuild the system and have even started to dig trenches for the new piping already. The community has also developed a sustainable solution for longterm maintenance to ensure a similar water crisis does not occur in the future.
Will you give the gift of water this Earth Month by helping to revitalize the water source for the GRACE community and gorillas? Your gift at any level would be deeply appreciated by all at GRACE. And please 'share' your donation on social media using #WaterForGRACE to help raise awareness of this important need and inspire more people to help us reach our goal! Thank you!
More on GRACE: Located in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center is the world’s only sanctuary for Critically Endangered Grauer's gorillas orphaned by poaching, and provides them with emergency and rehabilitative care with the ultimate goal of returning them to the wild. GRACE also leads important conservation education and community outreach programs with Congolese schoolchildren, women’s groups, and other community members to instill pride toward wildlife, build local capacity for conservation, and seek sustainable solutions so people in DRC can better coexist alongside wild gorillas, chimpanzees, and other endangered wildlife. For more: www.gracegorillas.org