When word spread from Cool Earth’s neighbouring Gadaisu partnership of an organisation that was helping them to protect their forest, Sololo were determined to form a partnership of their own. Key community members reached out to Cool Earth with the hope to do just that.
Rainforest communities often face barriers to progress that must be addressed before effective conservation can take place. In Sololo, the lack of education and high illiteracy rates had left the community vulnerable to exploitation and unable to develop sustainable income sources.
Cool Earth continues to work with Sololo to address these challenges. Empowered, self-sustaining communities will help ensure forest is protected from external threats and plans can be made for the future that benefits people and the forest.
I am privileged to attend the adult literacy class. I am happy and eager to learn new things. […] After I finished this school, I want to continue my education, I want to go on doing more life skills training to equip myself to do better in my community’ – George Jerry, Sololo
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