Galapagos Storybook Project

by Galapagos Conservation Trust in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th March 2019 we successfully raised £6,165 with 135 supporters in 27 days

We have developed an educational storybook which we plan to distribute to every school in Galapagos - and we need your help!

by Galapagos Conservation Trust in London, England, United Kingdom

Help inspire our next generation of ocean conservationists! 

At Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) we believe that lasting change and conservation impact requires the engagement of young people and their communities. With the Galapagos Storybook, we aim to develop local childrens' understanding of the dangers facing Galapagos' marine wildlife whilst connecting them with the awesome science that is taking place to protect it. We plan to produce a pack of books for every school in Galapagos to help teachers link conservation to the curriculum. We are also working to deliver outreach trips for children to visit the Galapagos National Park to meet the real-life characters from the book, inspiring them to get involved with conservation efforts.

Who we are:

GCT is a UK charity which focuses on the conservation and sustainability of the Galapagos Islands. We have been working with our partners at MigraMar, the Galapagos Science Center and Galapagos National Park to support pioneering scientific, political and social efforts to help improve understanding of hammerhead shark migratory patterns, working towards the world's first bi-country protected swimway between Galapagos and Cocos Island National Park in Costa Rica.

This work is critical for the protection of marine life which rely on the swimway as a means of migrating between the two areas. However, the science is just one piece of the puzzle, in order to continue protecting sharks in the future, we need to engage the local community in conservation efforts. That’s where you come in! Through this campaign, we aim to raise the funding needed to support the production and distribution of the storybook to every school in Galapagos.

About the storybook:

The storybook offers a fun, engaging, and informative way for children to develop an understanding of the issues facing the Islands. It follows the journey of Marti, a hammerhead shark, from her nursery in the mangroves of San Cristobal island in Galapagos, Ecuador to Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Marti has been tagged by scientists, allowing her journey along the swimway to be followed. Using colourful illustrations, the storybook gives children the chance to get to know Marti, and the friends she meets along the way allowing them to develop an understanding of the threats facing these species and the science that is going on to protect them. 

Rewards:

Where rewards are sent to you, shipping within the UK is included. If you are donating from outside the UK, and want your reward to be shipped internationally, please consider adding an additional donation to cover postage costs. 

What will the money be spent on?

All proceeds from this campaign will go towards an initial print run of 2000 copies of the storybook. This will help cover the cost of printing, design and postage as well as other set up costs. 1000 copies of the storybook will be given in packs of 30 to every school in Galapagos, with the additional 1000 copies being printed in English and distributed in the UK. The £7,500 raised by this Crowdfunder campaign would help enable us to achieve this aim. 

If we exceed the campaign target of £7,500, additional funds raised will go towards a further run of 1,000 books to be distributed to schools in coastal Ecuador and Costa Rica to reach more children of fishing families there.

If we meet that stretch goal, further proceeds will go towards our Endangered Sharks of Galapagos Programme to continue protecting these vulnerable species into the future.

Other ways you can help: 

If you are interested in supporting this project but can’t donate there are other ways you can help: 

Share the campaign on social media using #GalapagosJourney. This will help increase awareness of the project and encourage more people to get involved!

Or, if you’re interested in learning more about conservation in Galapagos, sign up to our newsletter or become a member.

Thank you for your support!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

15 of 50 claimed

Receive a limited edition print from the book

Donate £100 to sponsor 6 books in Galapagos, and get a copy of the book yourself, along with a limited edition print featuring the beautiful artwork from the storybook! You will also receive a personalised thank you email from GCT and hammerhead shark scientist Dr Alex Hearn.

£10 or more

Sponsor a book for a child in Galapagos

Donating £10 will sponsor a book for a child in Galapagos. You will receive a personalised thank you email from GCT and hammerhead shark scientist Dr Alex Hearn!

£20 or more

Sponsor a book and treat yourself to a copy!

Donate £20 to sponsor a book for a child in Galapagos and receive your very own copy of Marti's story. You will receive a personalised thank you email from GCT and hammerhead shark scientist Dr Alex Hearn!

£50 or more

Receive a copy of book with a bookmark and sticker

Donate £50 to receive a copy of the book complete with a bookmark and stickers, while sponsoring 3 copies of the book for children in Galapagos! You will also receive a personalised thank you email from GCT and hammerhead shark scientist Dr Alex Hearn!

£350 or more

Sponsor a pack of books for a school in Galapagos

Donate £350 to sponsor a special schools pack for a class in Galapagos and one for a UK school of your choice. As well as this, you will receive a copy of the book yourself, complete with stickers, a bookmark, and a poster! As with all our rewards, you will also receive a personalised thank you email.

£462 or more

1 of 12 claimed

Sponsor a month of hammerhead shark surveys

Donate £462 to sponsor one month of our hammerhead shark surveys on San Cristobal island. You will also receive a limited edition print featuring artwork from the book as well as a copy of the book with along with a bookmark, stickers. As with all our rewards, you will receive a personalised thank you email.

£5,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Name a tagged whale shark

Donate £5,000 to have the once in a lifetime opportunity to name a tagged whale shark! You will also receive a copy of the book along with a bookmark and stickers as well as a limited edition print featuring the artwork from the storybook. As with all our rewards, you will receive a personalized thank you email from GCT and hammerhead shark scientist Dr Alex Hearn.


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