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Mobile phones for AfricaThis is an easy way to help people to communicate in the field and raise much needed funds for the Jane Goodall Institute so please take five minutes to hook out those old phones and make a difference now.

Please send your old phones to:

Claire Quarendon
Suite 2, M Shed
Bath Road
SO41 3YL


By sending us your old phones you will be helping the Programmes of the Jane Goodall Institute

Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre (TCRC) (in the Republic of Congo)
JGI’s chimpanzee sanctuary is the largest in Africa and provides the chimps with long-term care. TCRC has more than 150 chimpanzees and some other primates in its care that have been orphaned through the bush meat trade (the commercial hunting of wild animals for food) in Africa. The TCRC is in the process of being upgraded and expanded and is a major resource and focus for the fight against the bush meat trade. The sanctuaries are also developing community centred conservation programmes for the local community.

JGI initiated the TACARE (Lake Tanganyika Catchment, Reforestation and Education Project) project in 1994 with funding from the European Union. It began as a pilot project to address poverty and support environmentally sustainable livelihoods in villages around the Gombe National Park while arresting the rapid degradation of natural resources, especially the remaining indigenous forest.  The relentless growth of the local populations plus the addition of refugees from Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo has resulted in the clearing of forest for farming and living space. The TACARE project focuses on community socio-economic development and offers training and education in sustainable natural resource management. It offers an innovative model of community based holistic programming, effectively addressing human needs while promoting conservation values.  TACARE's activities are divided into five primary project areas: Community Development, Forestry, Agricultural, Health and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots. This programme has promoted such good will in the villages that the communities there are now allowing part of their land to regenerate and thus produce 30’ trees within five years. TACARE is now being adopted elsewhere in Africa.

Community-Centred Conservation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
In 2004 JGI joined Conservation International (CI) and The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International to conduct natural resource conservation activities in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Maiko-Tayna-Kahuzi Biega Landscape. The goal of the CCC-DRC Project is to attain sustainable local development in targeted development zones within the Maiko-Tayna-Kahuzi Biega Landscape. The project’s primary interventions are in the areas of primary health care and family planning, livelihood improvement, and promotion of more sustainable agricultural practices. The DRC project aims to increase local capacity in sustainable agriculture methods. This is achieved through training of local farmers in natural composting, soil erosion control and seed storage, as well as expanded local livelihood opportunities through the construction of demonstration plots for chicken farming, fish farming, and zero grazing. These approaches also provide alternative protein sources, reducing dependence on bush meat

Gombe Stream Research Centre
Jane’s pioneering study of chimpanzee behaviour began in Gombe Stream Reserve (now Gombe National Park) in Tanzania in 1960. Today a small team of permanent and visiting researchers carries on her groundbreaking work which continues to offer an amazing window into the rich daily lives of our closest relatives. All research data is held at the Jane Goodall Institute Research Centre at Duke University in the USA. 

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots
The aims of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots are simple yet powerful: Every group, and there are groups from pre-school through to college, undertakes activities in three areas; one to benefit the environment, one to benefit animals including domestic animals and one for the local community. There is a strong peace component linked to Jane’s UN Messenger of Peace role that encourages individuals from different nations, cultures, ethnic groups, religions and socio-economic backgrounds to work together through a global communication network; and to help young people develop self-respect, confidence in themselves and optimism and hope for the future. The main message of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots: Every individual makes a difference - every day.

Exploitation of Coltan a valuable mineral that makes the technology in our phones, computers and consoles, is at the centre of conflicts that produce millions of victims and refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Illegal mining exploits child labour as well as destroying the habitats of many species such as chimpanzees and gorillas in grave danger due to poaching and deforestation.

Extraction of coltan: Much of the world's Coltan used in our everyday technology and in the arms industry, are in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an area of ​​ongoing conflict where there have been millions dead and displaced. The extraction of Coltan in the area of ​​the famous National Park Kahuzi-Biega also affects the already endangered populations of and chimpanzees and gorillas.

Mobile manufacturing: Our high demand for coltan, caused by the ongoing purchase and replacement phones increases the price of this rare mineral and leads to conflicts, child labour, the killing of chimpanzees, gorillas and many other species and degradation of their environment. At the same time, our increasing technological waste pollutes our environment. A good first step is to reduce our consumption and learn to recycle.


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