Virunga Widows Project
Protecting mountain gorillas in the DRC is dangerous work. Over 175 rangers have been killed in the line of duty. Virunga survives today because of the rangers’ determination. Widows and children of fallen rangers get support, employment, and training. For six months after a death the fallen ranger’s full salary goes to the family and after that they receive a permanent pension along with medical care. Widows get job training in park workshops which brings additional income, but it also builds a sense of community. Come meet the widows of these brave men. Visit their Sewing Workshop, a park cooperative that helps this tightly knit community of women connect, heal and support their families through the sale of artisanal linens.