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•Our sensitizing campaigns
To protect the primates and the
tropical forest cannot be done without the implication of each one,
here and over there. Sensitizing people is an integral part of our
campaigns are structured with the increase of the means which we can devote to
it. We take actions in the Republic of Congo and out of this country.
Actions carried out in the Republic of Congo
In the past
the creation of H.E.L.P.
Congo, some actions were carried out by the Congolese government
near the populations from villages to inform them of the creation and the
goals of the Sanctuary of Conkouati. Persons in charge for H.E.L.P. Congo carried
out also several presentations of their project, in particular near potentials
givers in the Republic of Congo.
In 1998 and until the beginning of the years 2000, the carried out actions
were concentrated on the zone of Conkouati, in particular in partnership with
the reponsables of the old reserve of Conkouati, included
in the current National
Park of Conkouati-Douli. Thus, it was organized presentations on
the forest towards the schools of the close villages, with development of plantations
of trees by the children, the creation of a local newspaper or the realization,
through two missions on the ground, of a sociological study in order to have
a better understanding the problems of the villagers and their conceptions
of the natural environment surrounding them.
Current situation and
Since 2003-2004, the sensitizing campaigns were reinforced, in particular thanks
to the assistance of sponsors like Dysney Conservation or Rafter. Congolese
could be recruited to be involved in it. Thus, it was carried out various
interventions in Pointe Noire, like the diffusion of films about our project,
in priority to be seen in schools. Panels of sensitizing were carried out for
better presenting the stakes of our actions towards the villagers of the zone
Currently, we work to develop better
tools for the children : puppets theatre, distribution
of drawings to be colored and school materials... The goal is to inform in priority
the children on the richness of their natural environment, on its importance
and the threats which hangs over it: erosion, deforestation, poaching...
It is also studied a project of creation of an educational center about
the forest and its habitats in Pointe Noire. This center will have to make
it possible to accomodate, inform, direct and form the public. The cultural
exchanges between Congolese schools and French schools will be also privileged.
Sensitizing campaigns in the districts are also considered, to a public not
sensitized with these problems. In all the cases, the goal is to support the
reflexion by a respectfull exchange where protection of the biodiversity and
the human ondition will be articulated as well as possible.
Actions carried out outside the Republic
From the very start of the years 1990, the actions carried out by H.E.L.P. Congo
managed to arouse the interest of the media, in particular the french ones.
Thus, several reports and articles were carried out (bibliography).
But with the creation of H.E.L.P. International, the communication outside the
Republic of Congo was reinforced, as well for general public as for the
scientific community. Two large films were carried out on our project
in 1999 and 2001 and their diffusion worldwide allowed to sensitize
better the people to our actions (bibliography).
undertaken in France by H.E.L.P.
Apart from the actions for the media, members of H.EL.P. International carry
out various actions:
Animations of stands
or conferences, in particular within the zoos partners of our project
Organization of all
kinds of events : 2005, organization of a
charity match with the old players from St Etienne, in Clermont Ferrand
- 2006, organization with the associatoin Kalaweit of an exposure in Paris (Blog)
Realization of presentations
in schools, with drawing contest for example
Development of " media"
sponsorships: thus Mr. Jean Marie Pelt agreed to be the godfather of
our scientific research program on the surrounding-habitats of the primates;
in the same way, the
Tarmak group agreed in
2006 to become the godfather of the H.E.L.P. Project.
Development of a community
life, in order to increase the number of our members and to inform
them better and to imply in our actions
of an Internet site in November 2000 which since this date has received the visit
of almost 25 000 Net surfers (figure at March 1, 2006)!
One of our axes of
action in the future will be to develop the contacts and partnerships with
French-speaking associations also working in favour of the primates: to be
stronger and more effective together!
We have a lot of projects in this essential field of sensitizing and our experience
is already rich, in spite of our limited means. Today, we seek in particular
with to better structure our step. Without more reflected and structured approach,
our actions will lose all of their impact. We have the experience, the will,
the people ready to invest themselves. We lacks means. It is thus necessary
to collaborate with the organizations engaged in this sector in order to achieve
durable, ambitious actions and of quality which will improve on the long term
the relations Man-Nature. Your assistance will also be welcome!
Do not hesitate to
contact us : we need your donations but also assistance. We seek,
for example, an office in Paris to become our antenna in France and peoples
ready to help us to animate it.