Green for Gorillas

$10,000 goal

Campaign created 6 months ago
While the Mariah Saves Gorillas mission is to "Save the gorillas one cell phone at a time!” my project has since become much bigger than its initial cell phone collection efforts. I quickly learned that people don't know just how endangered the gorillas really are or what problems they face every day in their jungle home. This is when I began to grow my project to include a greater level of educational outreach-- to speak not only of the dangers gorillas face (like deforestation, illness, and poaching), but also how the effects of e-waste (pollution from electronics) is destroying the environment, making people sick, and killing other animals that live near toxic landfills.   Part of the mission of Mariah Saves Gorillas became a desire to not only help the gorillas and the environment through cell phone recycling, but also help educate young people about the ways they can affect change. The focus of my project evolved as I realized that Education through Inspired Action is key!  Not only do most people miss the connection between cell phone recycling and gorillas (the Coltan issue), but there is so much more to the vicious cycle impacting these gentle giants.  I felt I had an important message to share; one that could only bring positive results from a willing ear to listen.  I still believe that people have a desire to help, but are generally unaware of the ways that they can make a difference.  The more people know, the more they know how to help. 

While I was fortunate to be blessed with inspiration very young, I realized that it’s never too late to find your passion, begin making a difference, and you can start at any age!  So I am still dreaming big, and setting even loftier goals for my project and outreach efforts.  Now that I am older I would like to become directly involved with the Dian Fossey GRACE Center (the Center for Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education), so that I can not only help the gorillas, but do so by helping the people that live in the areas where the gorillas are endangered.  I had truly hoped to visit the gorillas in the wild by the time I was 15 (the youngest age you can be issued a permit in the Virunga Mountains), but now at the age of 18, I find I am still saving for my first trip to Africa. I know that I want to continue my work to help save and someday directly study the endangered gorillas.
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$10,000 goal

Campaign created 6 months ago
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