For #givingtuesday 2017, Renew SCIO volunteers in Scotland are launching an exciting new campaign to support their partner project, the Park Rangers Widows’ and Orphans Project (PRWOP), in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The ‘Bring the PRWOP Kiddy Crew Back to School’ campaign is aiming to assist orphaned children of Park Rangers in Virunga and Kahuzi Biega National Parks to attend to their local school, some of them for the first time. Access to education is a vital step for these children, helping to strengthen their connections in the local community as well as providing a safe environment to learn and help to rebuild their lives after the loss of a parent.

These children’s fathers have given their lives protecting some of the world’s most endangered animals, including the Highland Gorilla. They work in an extremely challenging environment, responsible for 13,800 km2 of heritage listed national park land. Giving this support is our small way of honouring their memory and saying thank you to their families.

The campaign will include internet fundraising, a charity dinner, as well as sponsored volunteers running in the Edinburgh City Marathon in May…. Our aim is to raise sufficient funds to ensure these children can start their first day of school in September 2017.

Project Assistant Caroline says:

“I am delighted to be running this project as I believe we can make a positive change in the life of these incredibly brave children. Our charity is a 100% transparent and I feel proud to be doing this work to support their futures.”

The project is managed in DRC by Jean Pierre Jobogo Mirindi who personally knows many of the families the project is helping. The strength of our work with the project relies on dealing ‘person-to-person’. By helping us raise funds you will be directly helping others to help themselves. Contributions of your time and money will make a difference. Every dollar, pound or euro has an individual’s name against it, it has a purpose. Person to person, we make a difference.

Help us Bring Back the Kiddie Crew to School today! Donate on #givingtuesday, and follow the project on our Facebook page!

Thank you!