This beautiful hand-carved dove is the creation of a very special young man named Majaliwa.
Majaliwa is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, just across Lake Tanganyika from Gombe, Tanzania. He was brought to the refugee camp at the age of two after his mother was killed by rebels while preparing food for their family.
Majaliwa lives in the camp with his grandmother and father, and tragically has no other communication with the members of his family who scattered during the war.
When he was in primary school in the camp, he decided to create these carvings to sell as a way to support his family. Majaliwa has said that he gains courage when he hears Dr. Jane Goodall’s words of hope and gains strength from being part of JGI's Roots & Shoots program locally. As a part of this work, Majaliwa and the Roots & Shoots group are planting trees to replace every tree they use for carving and would love to grow even more.
For the carving, they exclusively use softwoods, as hardwoods like ebony are endangered. For Majaliwa and others in DRC, this carving represents the possibility of peace after many years of violence and separation, and hope for a better life ahead.
When you purchase this item, you will be supporting Majaliwa's art. You will also be directly supporting the Jane Goodall Institute in our efforts to protect chimpanzees and other species along with their habitats, while working in partnership with communities to improve well-being and growing the next generation of Jane Goodalls.
- Dove measures 3 3/4" tall by 2"