The Wild West Project is a collaboration between the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to support biodiversity conservation and improve natural resource management in northern and western Uganda.
The Wild West Project:
JGI’s peer-to-peer education program equips young women in Uganda with information on topics including HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases and reproductive health. JGI also provides training in life-planning skills designed to help girls successfully navigate the challenges of maturing into adulthood. The girls then return to their schools and communities and share what they've learned with their peers who are often more comfortable receiving information from people of the same age group rather than adults.
The Girls’ Scholarship project helps to decrease the gap between the levels of education achieved by men and women in the Kigoma community of western Tanzania. Thus far, the program has sponsored 249 girls to attend elementary school, high school and university.
Building on its experience working in Uganda since 1996, JGI, in partnership with the Ugandan National Forest Authority (NFA), launched the Budongo ecotourism project in 2006 with funding from the American people through the United States Agency for International Development. The goal of the project was to provide sustainable revenue generating opportunities from ecotourism to support the protection and maintenance of Budongo.
Meet Rachel Bitarabeho
As the peer education officer for the Jane Goodall Institute-Uganda (JGI-UG), Rachel Bitarabeho is helping young women stay in school by overseeing the Institute’s peer-to-pee
Aidan Asekenye, education officer of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI)-Uganda, recently presented at the 20th International Zoo and Aquarium Educators’ (IZE) Conference. The conference, which was themed “Connecting Children to Nature,” highlighted activities around the world that are educating youth about the environment and bringing them in direct contact with nature.
Young women in Uganda are 9 times more likely than young men to contract HIV, making it critical that they have access to information about HIV/AIDS and to reproductive health services.