During the past two months, the Outreach Team has been visiting the local communities to continue capacity building of the locally established conservation committees, monitor livelihood projects, conduct research, and deliver community-wide sensitization.
At night, after all other work is done, the Outreach Team showcases a film in the local barri (meeting place). Conservation Manager, Lauren Masey says “Showing films is an excellent forum for sensitization, targeting individuals that would not otherwise be a part of our meetings, such as older youths and diligent farmers. It also gives communities a visual on how human-like chimpanzees are.” After viewing films, community members are asked what they learned. They often respond that they learned that chimpanzees breastfeed just like our women and take care of their families, just like we do.
Films shows have captured an audience of over 600 adults and 300 children in the past two months. “The films discourage communities to hunt and consume bushmeat and display the potential effects this may have on both humans and the environment. They encourage people to diversify their livelihoods and to manage their resources sustainably,” Outreach Officer Edward Marah says.
Film nights are both fun and educational and help us get the whole community involved in our sensitization campaign.