Saturday, October 18, 2008
Here is a short description of my new project. Please visit the website and let me know what you think
For Less Than 25 Cents You Can Help Feed a Hungry Child and Save an Endangered Gorilla!
1000 classrooms is a program to educate kids in Western Countries about some of the risks faced by the people and wildlife of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The program hopes to raise money and awareness by getting students in 1 000 different classrooms to donate $3/classroom to the Canadian Ape Alliance’s “Eggs for Kids” program. Setting the goal at $3/classroom ensures no child will be asked to donate too large an amount.
The program was started by 11 year old James Brooks of London, Ontario after he read about the Kahuzi-Biega Environmental School in the war ravaged eastern section of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The school was built to help the families of Park Rangers who protect very rare Eastern Lowland Gorillas. Many rangers have been killed and the Eggs for Kids program simultaneously helps the widows, the children, and the gorillas. With help from two Canadian organizations, Zerofootprint and the Canadian Ape Alliance, the women have begun a poultry co-operative where they raise chickens and sell eggs. The goal is to buy one egg per day for each child and teacher at the school, providing much needed nutrition to children who often do not have enough food. These children are the future rangers and environmentalists who will continue to protect the gorillas and other animals.
1000 CLASSROOMS seeks to guarantee the success of this program by having 1 000 North American school classes each agree to buy 1 dozen eggs for $3. This will allow the program to continue while teaching important lessons about citizenship, environmentalism, and the importance of protecting gorillas.
James is also using this project to launch a new chapter of Jane Goodall’s organization “Roots and Shoots” which provides help and encouragement to children and young adults to improve the world for all living things. Please visit www.1000classrooms.org