The Condoms for Kibale Fundraiser Event!


WHAT: We are going to host a fund and awareness raising event for the Kibale Health and Conservation Project in Uganda. The evening will start with a series of presentations by graduate students working in Kibale National Park along with a presentation by Dr. Colin Chapman. This will be followed by a brief discussion about how people can get involved in the project. This will be followed by an auction of baskets, paintings and carvings from Uganda and drinks (donated by local breweries). This will be followed by three local Montreal bands playing and then a dance party. Dance and drink for a good cause!

WHEN: To be determined!

WHERE: To be determined!

WHY: Numerous graduate students and undergraduate students have been involved with the project in Uganda and it has served as an area of active research, philanthropy and education. We recently completed building and staffing a small clinic inside the boundaries of Kibale National Park. The purpose of the clinic is twofold, first to provide much needed medical care and treatment to a region in desperate need. Our second major goal is to improve relations between the National Park and the villagers living around it, hopefully aiding in conservation and creating the foundation for a lasting and sustainable relationship. One of the major problems facing the clinic is keeping it stocked with the supplies they need to have a broader impact. Condoms are gaining in popularity in the area and are a keystone aspect of an education initiative currently underway in order to limit the spread of HIV as well as allowing family planning. At the moment demand for condoms in the area outstrips the supply and our funds are limited. We recently received word from Trojan that we could buy condoms at cost (~10 cents/condom), and we are looking to buy 50,000 condoms for the clinic in the next six months. This is great project for students to become involved in because even very small donations make a very tangible difference (for example, 10 dollars buy approximately 100 condoms which might prevent a number of unwanted pregnancies and curtail the spread of HIV/AIDS). All proceeds from this event will go to buying condoms for the Kibale Health Clinic.

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