Following the success of her presentations about bonobo communication styles at Quadra Community Centre and Campbell River Museum this summer, Kirsty Graham and her voluntary organization, Kosepela, were able to send $1000 to support community projects in Wamba, Democratic Republic of Congo. Thanks go out to our generous local communities for their donations.
Local researcher, Kirsty Graham, travels to Wamba every year to research the behaviour of bonobos. She has come to know the members of the neighbouring community and has been welcomed to meetings of the local co-operatives where she has learned of plans for several important projects.
Kosepela was created by Kirsty and her mother Carol (of Quadra Island) to offer support to these projects. Last year Kosepela raised $600 for a community pharmacy project in Wamba, which is currently providing medicine at non-profit rates. This year they aim to raise $1000 for Wamba’s printing and photocopying service, and $2500 to rehabilitate a locally run coffee plantation at Lingondji.
This week Kosepela is launching a new fund raising initiative with the sale of their 2015 calendar. It features beautiful colour photographs of the bonobo population that Kirsty has come to know so well. The calendars cost $15 and are currently available at Aroma, Trinity Gogolin (Community Centre yoga classes) or directly from Carol (285-2320).
100% post-printing proceeds will go directly to support community projects in Wamba, DR Congo. Special thanks go to Sure Copy for their generosity in creating the calendar. For more information visit www.kosepela.tumblr.com