Last Chance For Animals (LCA) Will Honor Prince Emmanuel de Merode, Director of Virunga National Park

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International nonprofit Last Chance for Animals (LCA) will honor Prince Emmanuel de Merode, Director of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Anthony Caere, Head of Virunga's Air Wing. The two men will both receive the prestigious "Albert Schweitzer Award" at its annual gala on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. 

This year, LCA's fundraising gala will be centered on the plight of Africa's Virunga National Park and its critically endangered mountain gorilla population.

Emmanuel de Merode, who is married to Kenyan paleontologist Louise Leakey, the granddaughter of  Louis Leakey, was shot by gunmen near Goma in April 2014.

Louise Leakey is the head of the Koobi Fora Research Project in Kenya's Turkana basin and is an assistant professor of anthropology at Long Island's Stony Brook University. 

APROSAF Midwives in Congo Fuel Lifesaving Rescues with Briquettes

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APROSAF midwives in Congo demonstrate unbelievable courage in trying to save women’s lives.Huffington Post has published a followup to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Congo.

Secretary Clinton wrote about the Mugunga Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Goma. The American press had little interest in covering the horrors Mrs. Clinton saw on her trip, preferring to focus on the infamous question directed to her in the equally-infamous Congo press conference.

Georgianne Nienaber shares details about a project between Virunga National Park and Association pour la Promotion de la Sage Femme, a group of 118 midwives who also act as community leaders.

The respect they garner results from selfless dedication as they transport pregnant women and rape victims, sometimes by carrying them on their backs, to get help. They do this without pay and subject themselves to rape and shootings along the way.

These unbelievably courageous women will receive $20 a month to establish a brisquette business, converting refuse into fuel and then selling it for $.50 a sack. If the women repackage refuse, the trees won’t be cut down in Virunga Park, home to the last remaining mountain gorillas, but also a source of fuel.