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In Papua New Guinea, Vibrant Village Foundation partners with the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program on the island's remote Huon Peninsula. The project covers a wide swath of land—34,000 hectares— accessible only by foot or airplane in northwestern Yopno-Uruwa-Som. Here, among the rainforest and grasslands, villagers lead predominantly subsistence-based lives and, due to a lack of infrastructure, government services are limited. Favorable land laws in the country have kept 95% of all land in indigenous hands.

Since 2009, the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program has worked successfully with the local indigenous peoples to establish a state-recognized conservation area and implement various community programs. Our partnership in four villages here aims to strengthen the livelihoods of 3,000 families through sustainable agriculture practices and improved community health.

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Yopno-Uruwa-Som, Papua New Guinea
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The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program focuses on two areas: helping local farmers grow and distribute their cocoa crop on the international market; and conducting community health workshops and providing access to better health resources.
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Farmers trained on growing environmentally-friendly conservation cocoa

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