Let us give you an insight into the complexities of rainforest protection. Seemingly unrelated things are often intrinsically interlinked, making rainforest protection a real challenge – one we revel in.
Take the success of the 24 hand-washing stations you enabled in rainforest communities in Papua New Guinea.
Did you know washing your hands can fight deforestation?
This not-so-radical solution of installing accessible sinks filled via rainwater, built by a skilled team of local people, has created a domino effect that can be replicated the world over.
So here it goes, the domino effect:
Clean hands, less illness.
Less illness, more resilient people living in rainforest to protect it.
More healthy people living in rainforest means fewer trips to expensive medical centres.
Fewer costly trips to the medical centre means more cash security.
More cash security means less pressure to sell rainforest.
Less rainforest sold, well, you know the rest.
Not only have these hand-washing stations vastly improved life for over 2,500 people, sanitation training has been provided for 33 volunteers from eight villages including our three partner organisations.
PPE, countless litres of hand sanitiser alongside education on elbow bumps and social distancing (not to mention a rapid response) has created a positive ripple effect* that will last well into the future. Not bad right?