Mathieu, one of our workers at Ekolo ya Bonobo, the ABC’s reintroduction project, passed through at the sanctuary during a short time of convalescence. While he was there he did a presentation for the staff at Lola explaining his work. Mathieu is not only a tracker at Ekolo but also heads up the CDV meetings in 6 villages around the bonobos’ forest reserve. What is the CDV?? Well Village Development Committees: the whole idea is to support the surrounding villages and the populations that we work with, to help them get back on their feet after the many years of war and to become self-sufficient. Mathieu is mediator and presenter at these meetings, the link between the population and the ABC. He also returns to the villages regularly to see the progress in different projects such as schools, agriculture, fishing… etc.
This presentation was very interesting for the “city-dwelling” Lola staff, learning about a whole other aspect of work within the ABC. Their interest was confirmed by the multitude of questions that were fired at Mathieu once he had finished! There was no doubt that each of them where glad and proud to share their knowledge and experiences.
For comparison here is Mathieu hosting the CDV meetings in the villages surrounding the reintroduction site: