Fundraiser to Volunteer for The Great Gorilla Project in Uganda

Fundraising campaign by Sean Jacobs
  • US$5,280.00
    raised of $5,000.00 goal
105% Funded
35 Donors
Help this ongoing fundraising campaign by making a donation and spreading the word.
Show more
Show less

Since I was a child, I have had an affinity for all things nature. Wildlife inspired my book reports, career aspirations, TV time, and pretty much every afternoon and weekend, elbows-deep chasing tadpoles in the pond at the apartment complex next to my house. There is a majestic quality to the outdoors that romanticizes its savage tendencies, and it calls to me, in a 19th century Manifest Destiny sort of way.

While every single one of us has the ability to minimize our personal lifestyle’s impact on climate change TODAY, it is much more difficult to combat deforestation, habit loss, and illegal poaching worldwide. Surveying land, de-snaring reserves, guarding individual species and conducting research to support the progress in all of these areas is much more difficult to do. These necessities aren’t evident to the western world, so it’s easy to let the notions pass that this is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately.

Uganda has made many substantial strides over the past decade, fortifying their anti-poaching and conservation efforts, resulting in increases of the vulnerable elephant and endangered mountain gorilla populations. The Great Gorilla Project in Uganda is an award-winning project that aims to help these efforts, bridging the gap between indigenous communities and the gorillas who share their rainforest homes, and helping to build sustainable agriculture and education systems.

While committing to efforts like these warrants large time and financial commitments, I want to immerse myself as deeply as possible in the continent, assimilating into Ugandan culture, getting to know the people, speaking Swahili with them, and building a rapport with those heavily involved in the process, because I wholeheartedly want this to be a part of my life forever. My experience with The Great Gorilla Project will be a springboard to starting my own non-profit organization supporting international conservational volunteers wanting to make a lasting impact.

ABOUT ME:

I am a personal trainer and business owner from Tampa, Florida who has a serious passion for all things conservation, wildlife protection, and anti-poaching. For my whole life, I have always wanted to volunteer in Africa to help these efforts, an endeavor that I hope will become a regular occurrence over the course of my life.

While I want to help all endangered species, from the polar bears in the Arctic to the orangutans in Borneo, my heart lies in Africa, and it always has. I have a troop of mountain gorillas tattooed on my chest, with a couple anti-poaching rangers on guard near them, and I have an elephant, giraffe, and a rhino mother and calf in the Serengeti on my back. From very early on in my childhood, I have followed and been inspired by the amazing work of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey.

I volunteer weekly at Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida and that has led me to really dive into preparing for volunteering abroad. I have been teaching myself Swahili for about a year now, with the use of audio books, and feeling great about my progress, I recently began hourly tutoring sessions with an English-speaking Tanzanian, named Gasto.

Through learning the ins and outs of the volunteer process, I hope to use the knowledge and experience to create and run my own non-profit organization to help fund international volunteer trips for others who share the same passion of saving the planet and fighting the current path we are on.

I am a firm believer that the higher power we all seek to understand throughout our lives is evident in nature. It is nature. The forests are the lungs and the seas are the blood that gives vitality to the heart that is the earth. Nature isn’t here for human purposes; we are simply a sentient manifestation of it.

Thank you for visiting my page, watching my video, and listening to my story!

Organizer

  • Sean Jacobs
  •  
  • Campaign Owner

Donors

  • Jim & Ann Forbis
  • Donated on Mar 11, 2020
  • Hi Sean, Jim and I are so excited that you reached out to us and we look forward to following you on this journey. Your commitment to learning and speaking the language is awesome. We are so proud of you for following your heart!

Amount Hidden
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Mar 07, 2020
  • Love ya, dude

Amount Hidden
  • Erin Jacobs
  • Donated on Feb 23, 2020
Amount Hidden
Jun 10

Success! WE DID IT!

Update posted by Sean Jacobs at 03:38 pm

Hi everyone!I cannot begin to thank each and every one of you for your support, helping to contribute to one of many amazing causes in East Africa by supporting the communities as well as the amazing animals which with they share their homes. Before Covid-19, my trip was scheduled to. . . . .

See update
0

Donors & Comments

35 donors
  • Jim & Ann Forbis
  • Donated on Mar 11, 2020
  • Hi Sean, Jim and I are so excited that you reached out to us and we look forward to following you on this journey. Your commitment to learning and speaking the language is awesome. We are so proud of you for following your heart!

Amount Hidden
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Mar 07, 2020
  • Love ya, dude

Amount Hidden
  • Erin Jacobs
  • Donated on Feb 23, 2020
Amount Hidden
  • Jane Ezzell
  • Donated on Feb 20, 2020
$50.00
  • Kimberly Alfano
  • Donated on Feb 19, 2020
$50.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Feb 18, 2020
  • Awesome!

$50.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Feb 18, 2020
  • Wow!!!! Safe travels!!!! :)

Amount Hidden
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Feb 17, 2020
Amount Hidden
$200.00
  • Megan Gardner
  • Donated on Dec 31, 2019
  • Hey Sean! I’m Nelson’s girlfriend, Megan Gardner, over in Memphis. Nelson shared with me your heart for animals and your efforts. I admire it tremendously. The world needs more people like you! Don’t stop!

Amount Hidden
Show more donors

Followers

9 followers
Evan Lester
Lenny Simmons
Megan Gardner
Mary Nelson Bernal
Dawn Hamilton
Hunter Thompson
David Hilgeman
Davis Lawyer
Jenny Williams
US$5,280.00
raised of $5,000.00 goal
105% Funded
35 Donors

Help this ongoing fundraising campaign by making a donation and spreading the word.

Not Ready to Donate?

Did you know a 10 second Facebook share raises an average of $25?

Share on Facebook