Dear friend of PEN,
With over half of the world's primates on the brink of extinction, it has become increasingly urgent that we educate and engage local communities as partners in our conservation efforts.
But educators face countless challenges in the field. They often operate in rural areas and feel isolated in their work. Many educators never receive formal training to effectively design and evaluate education programs. And they almost always lack access to resources and opportunities to collaborate. Our recent global survey confirmed this.
PEN exists to fulfill these needs. Since January 2013, PEN's volunteer Regional Coordinators and I have joined forces with partners across the globe to address and solve these systemic problems. Together, we are working tirelessly to equip educators with the tools they need to transform their education programs.
I am proud to share three of our network's biggest 2014 achievements with you.
- In Colombia, we delivered two collaborative training workshops, in partnership with the Asociación Primatologica Colombiana and Fundación Proyecto Titi.
- In Vietnam, we hosted a symposium, panel, workshop, and dinner reception at the International Primatological Society Congress.
- Globally, we launched our first Challenge Prize Contest to crowdsource lessons learned and reward educators in Latin America, Africa, and Asia with funding.
We also unveiled a new website and membership program, sent our first global survey, curated 150 materials on our Resource Library, listed 200 publications on our Bibliography, and connected educators across four continents through our Projects Directory!
As PEN continues to grow, I am counting on your friendship and support now more than ever before! Please make a tax-deductible, year-end gift to help PEN continue to lead the fight for primate education and reach even more milestones in 2015!
And if you are an educator, I encourage you to become a member. Ensuring a future for primates requires all of us who love them to work together.
In 2015, my team and I have exciting plans to:
- Offer more benefits to our members, including a mentorship program
- Expand our training workshop model into more primate range countries
- Provide more funding to educators through our Challenge Prize Contests
Your support today will give us the resources we need to put these plans (and many more!) into action.
Thank you for caring as deeply as I do about empowering educators and protecting our world's primates. I wish you and your family the happiest holiday season ever.
Founder & Executive Director
Primate Education Network (PEN)
P.S. With a donation of $35 or more today, I will send you 10 spider monkey holiday cards, designed exclusively for PEN by Daughter Earth, as a special gift for your generous support.