Virunga National Park in eastern DR Congo is a unique natural gem with everything from forest elephants to mountain gorillas. There are 706 different bird species breeding - more than three times as many breeding birds as we have in Denmark. The park has been on UNESCO's World Heritage List since 1979.
But the park is located in one of the poorest and most dangerous areas in the world and is threatened by over 100 different armed militias. Over the past month , six park rangers have been shot while trying to protect the park. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to their families.
And we contribute to the families being able to get on. Most of the employees in both the production of chocolate and stuffed animals are widows of park rangers who have been shot. When we buy cocoa nibs, coffee and chia seeds , income is secured for farmers and women around the park.
There is a long way to go before the area around Virunga National Park experiences peace and prosperity. But we are happy that through the collaboration with the courageous company Virunga Origins we can make a small contribution. We will receive a new consignment of goods home from Virunga on Tuesday. Hope you will welcome.