Giving Tuesday has announced an extra day of global action, #GivingTuesdayNow, in response to COVID-19. This will take place on May 5th as a day of giving and unity.
Over the years we’ve been overwhelmed by your generosity on Giving Tuesday.
In 2018, Giving Tuesday donations helped fund our Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic programs, which finished their first years in 2019 and still operate with our partners.
Proteccion Animal Cabrera, our local partner in the Dominican Republic, not only work tirelessly to protect stray dogs and cats, but they are some of Piggy’s oldest friends, and worked with at-risk children to implement Piggy’s Animal Guardians program. The children, with their amazing teachers, completed a 6 week pilot of Piggy’s humane education program in 2019, working hard to bring critical thinking and creativity to rebuilding community!
The program continues in the Dominican Republic as this year they’ve completed eight more sessions in a small mountain school. An additional two groups have started the program but have yet to finish due to the shut down. Hopefully, with just a couple of session left, they will be completing the program just as soon as they’re able!
In Puerto Rico, our partners at the Las Cabachuelas Nature Reserve in Morovis, along with students from our local school partners, took part in our rebuilding program, building sustainable gardens and hands-on science labs.
They continue to build new gardens, and continue to manage them, and Piggy’s humane education program is in its second year of teaching!
Giving Tuesday 2019, just last December helped fund our first campaign of 2020 when our amazing community developer Sarah Wang went to Sumatra to work with schools, NGO’s, Rangers, and communities from all over Indonesia. During the course of her Youth Rangers Program, hundreds of teachers and students learned everything from First Aid, to wildlife conflict resolution, to jungle trek communication and safety, and humane education teaching techniques, and we saw the culmination of her work in early March when Stay Wild’s Youth Ranger students graduated phase 1!The video for her campaign can be found here: campaign:
Not only that but 2019 Giving Tuesday also helped fund our school programs around the world, which resulted in people turning away from deforestation as with these local farmers in Sumatra:
Our main focus at this time are, of course, our COVID-19 Campaigns. We want nothing more than to see our partners and wildlife around the world safe and protected, but we are also looking forward to that glorious day when our many postponed campaigns and projects can continue again.
-Tod and Piggy, Presidents, Darwin Animal Doctors