I'm running this appeal for Gearing Up 4 Gorillas (G4G) because the evacuated ranger families need support
$198.68 raised of $1,528.34 target
$198.68 raised so far
How to make a donation
Donate online at - www.justgiving.com/virunga
By mobile internet Scan this code on your smartphone to go straight to Gearing Up 4 Gorillas's page.
By text message to donate £10 Text RKJJ62 £10
Virunga National Park took the decision to evacuate ranger families (800+ men, women and children) from Rumangabo, Park HQ, on Sunday July 8th, as intense rebel fighting made it too dangerous for them to stay. They are now in a makeshift temporary tented camp at Kituku, near to the city of Goma.
This major undertaking means that the families now need clean water, sanitation, food, shelter, fuel and security provided until they can return to their homes - however long that may be.
You can donate here or text GEAR04 (the amount in pounds eg £10) to 70070.
THANK YOU for helping to support them. Virunga does not have endless resources to support this evacuation. Rangers risk their lives every day protecting Virunga and its wildlife, including the mountain gorillas. Now is the time to help them, as they, and their families, try and shelter from the dangerous and unpredictable fighting.
£1 goes a long way in DR Congo. £5 will feed a family for a week, £10 also provides ongoing sanitation, £20 will provide for several families.
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My updates 5
Lulimbi and Muranba ranger patrol stations have come under attack from FDLR rebels. Two rangers have been shot, injured and are being treated. Virunga need donations to buy sandbags to protect rangers under attack. £4.50 buys 10 sand bags and will save ranger lives. Thank you!
R nger families are still in Goma; Lulimbi ranger station is under attack by bFDLR militia and the rest of the Park is under M23 rebel control. Handful of rangers protecting HQ as best they can; trying to gain access to mgorilla sector tomresume patrols. Situation still volatile.
War zone 26th July The rebels and army have arrived at Rumangabo HQ, all rangers trapped, road to Goma shut. Injured villagers arrive; legs blown off, bullets lodged in head, dead baby girl. Horror as never before. Help is hugely appreciated by those with nowhere to go. Thank U
Many thanks to those who have donated - extremely generous and will keep a family in food, clean water and decent sanitation for some weeks. A massive lightning strike at Rumangabo knocked out much of their equipment and communications are down - as if they need more problems!
Thank you for helping. The families are in tarpaulins held up by nailed wooden stakes (no metal poles here!). Food is mainly rice, beans or vegetables. Clean water and sanitation is crucially important in such crowded camps. These incredibly resilient people are bearing up well..
Charity Registration No. 1111663
G4G supports the rangers of Virunga National Park, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo who protect the critically endangered mountain gorilla. In 2012 the Park is in crisis from intense fighting. Please see www.justgiving.com/virunga 2013, G4G aims to open the first Environmental Education Centre
I do hope this helps the brave rangers who look after all the wildlife in Congo
Donation by Rodney Veazey on 16/07/12
+ £17.50 Gift Aid
Donation by Amanda Williams on 16/07/12
+ £2.50 Gift Aid
Great work that you are doing! Good luck! All the very best David
Donation by David Chapman on 15/07/12
+ £12.50 Gift Aid
- * Online donations$198.68
- Offline donations$0.00
- Text donations$0.00
- Total raised$198.68
- Gift Aid$49.67
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