During the past five years the ABCP has gathered momentum, expanding its activities year by year. Our message about African blackwood conservation is being heard by an ever-increasing audience, both in schools and in public presentations. Many people who first see our website or hear about our work express great admiration for the energy and enthusiasm of Sebastian Chuwa, who implements all of our projects in Tanzania.
Our seedling nurseries are distributing trees into surrounding villages and our educational programs are teaching Tanzanian children how to protect the priceless heritage of their beautiful land.
Without the generosity of our contributors we would never have been able to begin and continue this work. You have given us the basis to keep the project growing and the support to continue to investigate new opportunities
Our thanks are extended to all those who have helped us during this period with their financial support and ongoing encouragement.
As reported in last year's newsletter, Sebastian was the recipient of a grant from the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation. The main purpose of the grant was to support the purchase of video equipment to allow Sebastian to make environmental videos and set up public presentations in the schools and communities of his area. The grant also contained funding for a field trip to take students to Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro National Parks.
Since receiving this grant, Sebastian has been working hard to fulfill its requirements. He has visited 34 schools, showing videos to a total of over 4000 students and adults. He has established 8 Mpingo Clubs and sent us video recordings of the students carefully tending their trees.
We will love only
We will understand
- Baba Dioum
He has also sent video footage documenting the student field trips, our Moshi Mpingo plot and the educational programs he is establishing. In addition, during his safari season last spring he taped magnificent footage of African parklands and wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, lions, hippos, gazelles and wildebeest, birds, wildflowers and mpingo as they grow in the wild. We have purchased a video camera similar to Sebastian's along with editing software and from his raw video tapes have edited a video which we include with all of our grant applications. This presentation shows, often much better than words can express, the nature of Sebastian's work and interaction with his community.
One of the first projects Sebastian undertook with the Lindbergh funds was to record and videotape The Kibosho East Environmental Choir. Five years ago Sebastian began a collaboration with Mr. Sixtus Koromba, a local environmentalist who has considerable musical talents. Together they have composed music and lyrics for songs that teach about protecting the African wildlife and environment and protecting endangered species.
They have organized an adult and a children's choir which offer entertainment that is also a traditional form of teaching for community gatherings like Environmental Day activities.
Sebastian and Sixtus have now been able to record these groups at a studio in Moshi.
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