One of the first projects to be realized in Odzala is the training of villagers to become eco journalists. Journalists of the production company Tango Film based in Munich will teach them the skills of filming, writing and digital post-production. This is how they are supposed to show the world – in a playful manner – what their everyday life in the Congo looks like. This content is a long-term profit for the communities.
The big goal of the Odzala Team is to intervene in the project less and less with time. It is important for the villagers to learn and acquire the necessary skills, requirements and knowledge about the craft for them to be capable of supporting themselves and developing their competence. Alternative possibilities of income are the key to winning the battle against poaching. By giving an honest and true-to-life account of the life in the Congo the Odzala Team wants to reach a worldwide audience.
You want to suport this project? Thank you!
POINT OF ORIGIN
The starting point of the planned community work will be the community centre at the southern border of the park of Odzala, in Mbomo. Two more will follow. The heart of the centre will consist of a roofed hall, a multi-purpose hall á la Odzala: Meeting point, theater stage, a place to gather, find solutions, discuss, dance, and sing. A solid roof above the head of the community.
FROM NORTH TO SOUTH. FROM FOREST TO ROOF
How do you build a great solid wooden roof in a tiny Central African village? Call a construction company, off to the hardware store? No. The trunks need to be chopped down. Of course not any from within the National Park. Suitable trees are found at the northen border. But the community centre is being built in the south of Odzala. Hundreds of kilometers away.
For the roof of the first community centre the construction team needs to chop the trees, then transport the logs to the construction site in Mbomo, on the southern border of the park. However especially during the rain season the tracks are serious mud pools – there is no getting through without a 4-wheel-drive. The logs then still need to dry for several months. The construction of the community hall is planned to begin in February of 2013.
- ACTION BOX
- You can help build the future of Odzala.
- Odzala is a piece of the second largest rainforest on earth. This piece of Africa is a good investment. Because Odzala gives us all air to breathe.
- Collect money in your family, in school, at the office or in the neighborhood. For building material, the transportation of wood or the training of more workers.
- Change takes courage. But money, too.
- Thank you!