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SUPPORT US: How You Can Help

PAY US A VISIT!


We would be delighted to welcome you here. We can arrange for you to see the gorillas in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park, and we will take you on a tour of our community projects in the area. You could even plant a tree!
Please see our ‘Tourism’ page.
If you’d like to make a longer trip Wild Frontiers Adventure Travel, who are based in London, will be happy to help you. Click HERE.


MAKE A DONATION


Involving the local communities in the active conservation of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park is crucial to the protection of the wonderful array of species which call it home, including the rare Eastern Lowland Grauer’s Gorilla.
To achieve this, the Pole Pole Foundation has initiated many projects with the communities which live on the Park boundaries.


Education is at the heart of everything that the Pole Pole Foundation does. We have built a kindergarten, a primary and a secondary school. Future generations will grow up knowing the value of the natural resources that surround them and with an education which will give them options in life. The Pole Pole Foundation sponsors some children through school - those whose parents cannot afford to pay. Sometimes the brightest pupils will be given funding to further their studies at university level.


By spreading environmental awareness to the communities surrounding the Park, and working with them, we hope to be creating conservationists of the future. By giving people training and employment opportunities, we will end their reliance on the Park for its natural resources.


The Kahuzi-Biega National Park is part of the Congo Basin Forest, the second largest tropical forest in the world. Second only to the Amazon. Together, they are 'the lungs of the world'. Their conservation is important to us all. When you support our efforts, you are supporting the conservation of this hugely-important, and utterly beautiful corner of the planet.


HOW TO DONATE


ONLINE DONATION

From any country you can donate us via our BT MyDonate page. All funds sent to POPOF UK are passed on in their entirety to POPOF in the DR Congo.
If you are a UK tax payer, you will be given the option to ‘Gift Aid’ your donation.
Click HERE.
This makes a real difference to us. Thank you!


BANK TRANSFER

If you wish to transfer money direct, please email for details.

INQUIRIES


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email.

PROJECT COSTS


The Pole Pole Foundation needs funding to run its various projects, and greatly appreciates the support of friends from all around the globe. Any donation is gratefully received. Below is a list of some of the costs involved, to show you how our money is spent.


ENVIRONMENT

Tree planting scheme
The tree plantations are an important part of what POPOF does, because they provide wood for fuel, building materials, and artisanal carving for the local communities. Which means people don’t have to resort to going into the rainforest for resources - which is not only illegal, but completely counter-productive to the conservation of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park and its special fauna and flora.

Since 1993, POPOF has overseen the growing and planting of over 4 million trees. Which is an amazing feat.

Just think how much of the rainforest that has saved.

£10 funds the planting of 40 trees.


EDUCATION

Primary School

  • £200 pays for one pupil to attend primary school for 1 year
  • £1,000 pays for 5 pupils to attend primary school for 1 year
  • £2,000 pays for 10 pupils to attend primary school for 1 year

  • Secondary School

  • £300 pays for one pupil to attend secondary school for 1 year
  • £1,500 pays for 5 pupils to attend secondary school for 1 year
  • £3,000 pays for 10 pupils to attend secondary school for 1 year

  • University

  • £800 pays for 1 student’s scholarship to university for 1 year
  • £2,400 pays for 1 student to attend university for 3 years and get a degree - normally in agroforestry or a similarly POPOF-relevant course
  • £4,000 pays for 5 students to attend university for 1 year

  • Skills and Training

  • £200 provides 1 pygmy ex-poacher with training for an alternative livelihood
  • £2,000 provides 10 pygmy ex-poachers with training for a new livelihood

  • FOOD AND NUTRITION

  • £750 provides a fish pond to feed a community and help stop the bush meat trade
  • £1,500 provides 2 fish ponds
  • £3,000 provides 4 fish ponds
  • £3,000 provides for the building and operation of a Spirulina pool to grow Spirulina which is being used to treat malnutrition in children. In the future, it is hoped to produce enough Spirulina to be able to sell it, too.
  • £6,000 builds 2 Spirulina pools.

  • FUTURE PROJECTS

    With funding, there is much more that we can do. As well as growing the projects which are already up and running, in the future, we hope to start a ‘Women’s Empowerment Program’, a Bee Keeping initiative, a mushroom growing project, a soap making workshop, and much much more.