We are thrilled to announce that our first Women for Conservation project in Sierra Leone is off to an incredible start!
We have teamed up with local grassroots leader Roseline Isata Mansaray and Fridays for Future Sierra Leone to provide reforestation training for 100 women and children in the Waterloo community, empowering them to take a leading role in the fight against climate change.
From March 16th-19th, 2023, one-hundred women and children from the Waterloo community attended workshops to receive initial training, organize an action plan, and prepare for the long term management of the planted saplings. This community conservation project encourages women and youth to take charge as environmental leaders, and work together to reforest their home.
This reforestation project will support economic opportunities, build climate resilience, and create habitat for wildlife, while also reforesting the area around the Waterloo community. By educating women to lead projects on conservation and reforestation, we are building a better future for both the people and the wildlife in the area.
Reforesting for Climate Resilience
For years, Sierra Leone has been disproportionately burdened by the effects of a 10-year rebel world war, population pressure, and rapid deforestation. Rural communities, including women and children, have been hit the hardest. That’s why our new Reforestation and Conservation Training Project is so important.
Fridays for Future Sierra Leone uses grassroots organizing to raise awareness about environmental justice and climate activism. Sierra Leone is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate disasters, even though they have never significantly contributed to the carbon emissions. In fact, the entire continent of Africa is responsible for less than 3% of global emissions, but is suffering the brunt of climate change and its effects.
The women leaders of our conservation project are taking action at the global level through climate strike protests, while also organizing at the local level to reforest their vulnerable community. Woman for Conservation is proud to support these women organizing for positive change.
With your generous support, we are making great strides towards our goal of promoting conservation projects that mutually benefit human and wildlife communities. We believe that empowering local women and children is key to ensuring the long-term sustainability of conservation projects. Thank you to our donors for joining us in this important work.