The year 2001-02 has seen increased attention directed towards our work, with Sebastian Chuwa receiving an international award and being asked to present his ideas at an important conference within Africa.
Our work has received support from New England Biolabs Foundation and the Cottonwood Foundation. Sebastian continues to use video equipment provided by the Lindbergh foundation to move forward our educational projects, and he continues to collect seeds, plant trees and inspire this project.
Spirit of the Land Award
On February 19, 2002 Sebastian Chuwa was presented the Spirit of the Land Award, at a ceremony during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In 1994 the International Olympic Committee adopted environment as the third principle of Olympism (along with sport and culture) and during the 2002 Olympics, one of the primary goals of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee was to ensure the protection of Utah's environment. To this end it established the Spirit of the Land program which embodies a commitment to raise the general consciousness of its guests from around the world about green practices, to leave a legacy of environmental improvement and to honor individuals who have made substantial educational efforts on behalf of the environment.
The Spirit of the Land award was presented to 5 international and 10 US conservationists who made outstanding contributions in the field of environmental education during 2001. Our application was based on the work that Sebastian did in implementing the Lindbergh Foundation grant in 2001.
While in the US, Sebastian was able to visit friends and supporters in California and North Carolina.
He also came to Texas and James Harris, co-founder of the ABCP and Bette Stockbauer, co-director, were able to meet him for the first time in person.
For several years we have been discussing with Sebastian the idea of purchasing a powerful computer with the capability of doing film editing. In the summer of 2000 we sent him a digital video camera purchased with funding from the Lindbergh Foundation and he has recorded many hours of footage related to African wildlife and the conservation efforts of his community.
The Cottonwood Foundation, (http://www.cottonwoodfdn.org/), which funded our water system at the Moshi Mpingo Plot, has kindly granted us further funding to purchase a computer for this and other project uses.
A handful of pine-seed will cover
mountains with the green majesty
During the four days that Sebastian spent in Texas, James was able to instruct him in video editing, based on his own experience in producing a video about ABCP work.Sebastian wishes to produce conservation videos with subject matter pertinent to environmental problems in Northern Tanzania. These will be narrated in Kiswahili, the predominant language of the region.
Sebastian will also use the new computer for GIS work, recording mpingo locations during his travels and producing maps for use in his conservation programs. It will also be helpful for desktop publishing activities for his student programs.
The ABCP wishes to once again extend its thanks to the Cottonwood Foundation for its ongoing support for our efforts in Tanzania.
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