OUR 2023

In 2023, we made strides in reinforcing our commitment to positive change. Intertwining lifestyle with impactful conservation efforts, we fostered a culture that propelled our troop, partners, and customers towards shared sustainability goals. Through Products, Adventures, and Media, we've demonstrated leadership in integrating lifestyle with conservation efforts, inspiring our community to join us in making a tangible difference.

A message from our founders

Dear Troop,

As founders of That Gorilla Brand, our journey in 2023 has been one of strength, love and loyalty to the cause that is closest to our hearts: gorilla conservation and community empowerment. As we reflect on the past year, we are filled with gratitude for your support and inspired by the impact we have achieved together. Our journey continues, and we are excited for what 2024 holds. Together, we can continue to make a difference, inspiring positive change in the natural world and human communities alike.

With heartfelt thanks,

Leo & Casey

Our impact

We are committed to four primary interventions that aim for limitless positive impact within communities surrounding gorilla habitats in Uganda. These are Water, Sanitation, Solar Energy & Education.

As each project culminates, we transition to supporting new communities, ensuring our efforts are part of an evolving journey of improvement and expansion. 

We are dedicated to increasing access to responsibly sourced clean water in Bwindi communities surrounding gorilla habitats in Uganda. 

WATER

2023 STATUS - The Bwindi Community Water Project has reached up to 15,000 people directly in over 20 Bwindi communities, with a further reach of over circa 100,000 people throughout the completion of the three phases of this project.

Our objective is to utilise the funds raised through our Adventures For A Cause to significantly elevate school sanitation and hygiene in the Bwindi communities. 

HYGIENE & SANITATION

2023 STATUS - Once completed this project will have reached 5000 students and teachers in 16 schools that are close to Bwindi National Park. In 2023 the first phase of this project was completed reaching around 2000 people, in addition the fundraising target for this project has been met, thus the completion of this project within 2024 is expected.

Donations from our product sales aim to elevate the learning and development levels of Bwindi communities through ventures overseen by The Gorilla Organisation, including ranger support and training, reformed poacher education and gorilla-friendly beekeeping. Additionally, we support community efforts through our partnership with Samuel Mugisha’s ‘Running With Sam’ initiative, which engages youth in Kisoro, Uganda, in running and physical activities to foster a healthier, more responsible generation.

EDUCATION

2023 STATUS - In 2023, our partnership with The Gorilla Organization was instrumental in implementing water and sanitation projects that significantly enhanced community welfare. Through these initiatives, we were able to extend our impact to include educational aspects, specifically disseminating vital knowledge on safe water maintenance and sanitation practices across the community. This effort not only improved immediate health outcomes but also equipped community members with essential skills for sustainable living.

Our collaboration with Samuel Mugisha in 2023 marked a significant milestone with the launch of the Ultra 50k marathon around Lake Mutanda. This event not only set the pace for our future engagements but also established the foundation for a long-term partnership aimed at fostering community development and participation in sustainable practices.

OUR CULTURE

At That Gorilla Brand, our culture guides our journey towards making a meaningful impact on the world. This culture is defined by three core characteristics, each embodying our approach to business, our commitment to the environment, and our dedication to the communities we serve.

thank you

As we reflect on the past year, we are filled with gratitude for the unwavering strength, love and loyalty of our team, partners, and our troop. To our troop, your enthusiasm and commitment have been the driving force behind our achievements. To our partners, your collaboration and trust have enabled us to reach new heights and make a significant impact. To our customers and supporters, your belief in our mission has been a constant source of inspiration.

Special thanks to The Gorilla Organization and RTG for their continued partnership and shared vision for impactful operations. To Samuel Mugisha and the 'Running With Sam' initiative, your efforts have been instrumental in fostering community development and participation in sustainable practices.

Together, we have achieved remarkable milestones in 2023, and we look forward to continuing our journey in 2024 with renewed energy and dedication. With your continued support, we can make a lasting difference in the natural world and the communities we serve.

With heartfelt thanks, from Leo & Casey