Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Empowering Women In The Ituri

During the last 3 years, the Okapi Conservation Project has been working to empower local people in the Ituri region and is internationally recognized for our efforts. The Project’s work focuses on training and providing more than 62 women with knitting and sewing material, improving community agriculture, supporting soccer teams and providing educational tours for the group at the okapi breeding facility in Epulu.

Embroidery produced by the women has been distributed to orphans in the towns of Mambasa, Niania and Wamba. Vegetables were grown and distributed among association members and more than 10 women are able to make a living today from tailoring. The Okapi Conservation Project women’s soccer team won tournaments in Niania and Mambasa and women are able to disseminate conservation messages during the soccer matches. The photos below speak for themselves.

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