Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Democratic Republic of Congo - Anga (POPOF) Primary School

POPOF school

Situated within Miti, Kivu, near Kahuzi Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, this school has a long history with Born Free and the Pole Pole Foundation.

POPOF was set up by gorilla tourist guide John Kahekwa, who recognised the pressure that was being placed on the Kahuzi Biega National Park’s natural resources by the local community.  The aim of the Foundation is to improve relations between the park and the community by offering employment and training to former poachers, as well as by providing development support to schools and small businesses. The Born Free Foundation has supported a variety of projects in Kahuzi Biega National Park since 2000.

Students: 342

Age range: 2-12 years

Male: female ratio: 3:2

Local wildlife/environmental challenges:

  1. Poaching,
  2. Human-wildlife conflict (specifically crop raiding by wildlife, including baboons),
  3. Shortage of firewood and clean water

Key achievements in 2014/15:

  1. Global Friends did not fund Anga Primary School in 2014/15

2015/16 funding:

  • Replace rotten poles and planks including some old leaking irons of the school buildings to ensure they are safe for the students;
  • Buy reference books related to the environment;
  • Provide students with the opportunity to visit the local wildlife (Eastern lowland gorillas).
Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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