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1999-2000 has been an exciting and multi-dimensional year for the ABCP. Our website now gets 600-700 hits a month with visitors from over 30 countries and we have established mutual links with a number of conservation and music organizations. We continue to receive inquiries from people interested in various aspects of the project.
Most importantly, the goals projected in our last newsletter of acquiring funding for video equipment to undertake an
educational effort have now been realized. We have been recipients of grants from 2 environmental foundations. Lastly, we have achieved recognition as a US IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The future of our project is bright and the impact of our efforts is gaining in significance. We encourage your support so we can continue to work towards a happy future for "The Tree of Music".
In April of this year Sebastian Chuwa was awarded a grant of $10,540 by the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation. The grant was written to cover a TV, video camera, VCR, generator and a supply of tapes. These will give Sebastian the means to make videos and set up educational presentations on mpingo propagation and general conservation topics. It also funds educational and sports equipment for the establishment of 8 Mpingo Clubs and 2 field trips for the children. In addition, it gives a stipend to Sebastian for his work.
Following are quotes from the Lindbergh 2000 Grant application form: "As individuals, they (Charles and Anne Lindbergh) each had a special place in history, but for the family, and to those who knew them best, they were above all a partnership. Together in pioneering aviation, together in exploration, together in philosophy and in vision, they shared the belief that true human progress depends on achieving and maintaining a critical balance between our scientific and technological achievements and the preservation of our natural world. Through a wide variety of educational and research projects and programs, the Lindbergh Foundation seeks to further this balance between nature and technology.
Each year, the Lindbergh Foundation awards up to 10 grants in amounts of up to $10,580 each (the cost of building the "Spirit of St. Louis" in 1927) for projects addressing the issue of balance in various fields. Over the years, Lindbergh Grants have become increasingly prestigious awards, supporting innovative ideas at an early stage of their development and establishing pilot projects which often receive much more extensive funding later on from other sources."
We believe that this phase of our project will be highly successful. The people and government of Tanzania have a high respect for education. Sebastian thinks that his presentations will gather large audiences and many volunteers to help with mpingo conservation and replanting. Knowledge inspiring action is the goal of his efforts.
In addition, we are honored that ours is the first grant in memory of the Lindbergh Foundations Chairman Emeritus, James D. Newton, who died just before Christmas. His wife, Ellie Newton, chose our grant as the one she thought her husband would have most liked.
We are very honored to be a recipient of this award and extend our deepest appreciation to the Lindbergh Foundation. We feel certain that their gift and endorsement of our work will have countless positive ramifications in the lives of the the many people who are touched by the work of Sebastian Chuwa.
"The accumulation of knowledge,
Charles A. Lindbergh
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