Deena O has changed hisher profile picture
Deena O donated 20.00 for Open donation
Deena O donated 15.00 for Senkwekwe Appeal: Patrol Rations
Deena O donated 60.00 for 2 x Senkwekwe Appeal: Patrol Rations
A while back I started a group on Facebook in which I have pledged 10 cents of my own money for every person that joins. The numbers have gone up and down a bit, but this morning there were 199 people who have stuck it out. This morning, in honor of the anniversary of the massacre, I pledged to double my donations to 20 cents for every person that joins from now until August 6. So far today, I have gained 17 new members!
If you are on Facebook and are not a member, here is the link:
Deena O donated 14.00 for 2 x 1 Briquette Stove
I’ve spent the last few months immersed completely in school and work. It’s very difficult working full-time and taking nine hours of intense classes. I wasn’t proud about not being able to keep up with the Gorilla blog as much and completely neglected my Facebook group, but I’m happy to report that now school is over, I’m back at it, and the group has grown in my absence! I think it’s a wonderful thing that even though the people who joined had no clue if I was even going to keep up my end of the bargain, they joined anyway because they believe in the cause.
I’ve started thinking about creating a Registered Student Organization at the University of Arkansas that brings awareness to Virunga and the issues surrounding its protection. It’s only a small thought at the moment, but I’m hoping to find a way to make it work. RSO’s aren’t allowed to do fundraising, so the events would be strictly awareness-based, which isn’t a bad thing. There might be a way for the group to adopt a plot of land using the money. Of course, all of this is totally preliminary. I think it could be something really great.
The Facebook group I started hit 150 people, so I made my first donation of fifteen dollars! I’m hoping it can continue to grow and more people can learn about the threat to the animals and people of Congo. It’s an important cause and it’s great to see so many people caring. I feel that all of the good things that have been happening in the park lately are a direct result of all of the love and support pouring in from all across the world. I just hope good things continue happen!
Ben Affleck has been a celebrity voice in regards to suffering in Congo. It was reported today that he is touring refugee camps in DRC for the fourth time this year and one quote from him really struck me:
“I’m not an expert in international affairs or diplomacy, but it doesn’t take that to see the tremendous suffering here. It’s not something that we as human beings can, in good conscience, ignore.”
This is the kind of thinking that leads to change in the world. I guess I’ve never actually seen it in print before. Most of us here are the same way. We know nothing about foreign policy, international relations, or diplomacy, and yet we just know that this kind of suffering is unacceptable and we can’t just turn away.
Kudos and karma to Ben Affleck for all of his work in raising awareness.
I am an Anthropology student at the University of Arkansas. I am very passionate about all animals (including people!).