As busy as we are with all of the various conservation and community projects, it’s not just all work here at Wildlife Works. Physical Education (also known as play time) is an important part of the curriculum that is offered to children who attend our on-site nursery at our Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project. Unfortunately, too often a lack of play clothes hinders the children’s full participation, and dusty school uniforms only add to the parents’ burdens.
To increase participation in our P.E. program, each student recently received two t-shirts and a pair of shorts. The clothing was manufactured at our eco-factory, where many of the students’ parents work. Each item is made of organic cotton, features the Wildlife Works’ elephant logo, and is funded by the sale of forest protection carbon credits.
The new play clothes were received with joy by parents, students and teachers alike! The items will not only let the children exercise and play in comfort, but will also ease the burden on parents who have had to wash extremely dusty school uniforms. An extra set of play clothes will also help extend the durability of the kids’ school uniforms, which will go a long way in reducing parents’ expenses.
As we continue to co-develop community-centered conservation projects, community leaders will choose how the funds from carbon credit sales are utilized. In this case, the funds were utilized to ensure children have what they need to play.
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Wildlife Works is the world’s leading REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), project development and management company with an effective approach to applying innovative market based solutions to the conservation of biodiversity. REDD+ was originated by the United Nations (UN) to help stop the destruction of the world’s forests.
Over a 15 year history Wildlife Works established a successful model that uses the emerging marketplace for REDD+ Carbon Offsets to protect threatened forests, wildlife, and communities.
The company helps local landowners in the developing world monetize their forest and biodiversity assets whether they are governments, communities, ownership groups, or private individuals.