Programs

The Zerofootprint Foundation’s programming is based on three core goals:

  • To preserve ecologically sensitive areas
  • To promote sustainable urbanization and development
  • To empower women, their children, their families, and their communities

Our current programs include:

Agriculture Program

The Zerofootprint Foundation has responded to the needs of a Pygmy community of approximately 100 families living on the outskirts of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park. We support projects that provide skills and training in growing sustainable food sources so this community can lower their reliance on national resources and become more self sufficient.

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Women’s Training Program

The Zerofootprint Foundation has responded to the needs of 22 Pygmy women who are marginalized due to violence or poverty. We support projects that provide vocational and business training skills in order to improve the stability and quality of life for women, their children, and their communities.

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Microcredit Cooperative Program

The Zerofootprint Foundation has responded to 20 widowed women whose husbands were killed protecting the endangered Eastern Lowland gorillas of Kahuzi-Biega National Park. We support programs that provide skills and training in developing a sustainable food source in order to improve the stability and quality of life for women, their children, and their communities.

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Environmental Preservation Program

The Zerofootprint Foundation has responded to the destruction of trees and farmland in the Ruzizi Valley. We support programs that focus on reforestation and forest management in order to prevent soil erosion, improve the water table, improve the wood resource for local residents, and improve the sequestration of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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