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Gorilla Organization recognised for community work in DR Congo
03 July 2009

The Gorilla Organization was delighted to be presented with a trophy in recognition of work helping the local people of the Kivu region in DR Congo.

The award was given by local NGO ‘Grand Kivu’, which aims to bring together Kivu people who have been separated by politics and war to work on common development projects.

The award recognises the Gorilla Organization’s work in the region, which has been going on for more than a decade. Commended projects include a scheme engaging women in agriculture and conservation and other vital projects including ambitious tree-planting schemes, providing cisterns to give clean water and training villagers to construct fuel-efficient stoves that burn less firewood.

The Gorilla Organization was also involved in rebuilding schools, roads and patrol posts which came under attack during the instability in DR Congo.

Several awards were presented to a mixture of government representatives, journalists, sports stars, other NGOs and the First Lady of DR Congo.

The ceremony was held in the capital, Kinshasa, and attended by more than 100 people, many of whom had travelled from Kivu for the event.

Kinshasa Liaison Officer, Sebu Mugangu (shown centre in the photo above), accepted the trophy on behalf of The Gorilla Organization.

Photo shows: Sebu Mugangu (centre), with other trophy winners

for further information or photographs contact:

David Hewitt, Communications Manager
The Gorilla Organization, 110 Gloucester Avenue, London, Nw1 8HX
Tel: 020 7916 4974
Mobile: 07801 971123