Saving Wild Sumatra Presentation – The Piggy Curriculum’s Latest Big Project!

Julie Henry and Tod Emko present the Saving Wild Sumatra project and teaser trailer to an audience of around 200 people, on August 6, in Washington, DC. The new year-long Piggy environmental education curriculum is a fundamental part of this new program to save Sumatra!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v0yVtvVEN0

We speak about our local partners we met who drive the project, like the Bukit Lawang Charitable Trust, the Bukit Lawang Ecolodge & Ecoproject, Universitas Tjut Nyak Dhien, among many others.

Presentation filmed by Peter Vielehr, and editing and titles by Sam Sielen.

Thank you to LUSH Charity Pot, The Dodo, and all our project supporters!

Piggy Takes Thailand!

Darwin Animal Doctors is teaching Piggy’s humane education curriculum to schools throughout Koh Tao, Thailand. Teaching young people in a remote part of the world is always eye opening. Empathy and love are universal to humanity, and it’s always inspiring seeing children driven to create a compassionate future for everyone!

DAD is taking Piggy’s program to all the schools of Koh Tao! The kids used new activity coloring books, made by Michelle Green with Ethan Young’s Piggy art. Art, creativity, game activities, coloring, these are ways that kids are meant to learn!

Piggy’s Interview with the Institute for Humane Education!

Perhaps Piggy’s biggest idol in life is Zoe Weil, founder of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE). We were greatly inspired to start our own program thanks to the IHE’s wonderful work!

So Piggy was extremely honored to be interviewed by the IHE about his humane education curriculum spreading around the world!

https://humaneeducation.org/blog/2017/saving-animals-empowering-people-humane-education-interview-tod-emko/

Piggy the Wedding Ring-Bearer!

Piggy was honored to be the ring-bearer to David Michael, and Jenny Li, two of his dearest friends!

Both David and Jenny are lifelong and awesome activists, and they incidentally both had the idea to make Piggy the ring bearer, just hours apart! Piggy made sure to give them his best smile for the happy couple.

The always wonderful Dodo covered the story:

https://www.thedodo.com/close-to-home/dog-ring-bearer-wedding

Photos by Emily Main Photography/Alhy Berry Photography

Piggy Visits the Children of the Reece School!

Piggy visited The Reece School, along with his comics illustrator Ethan Young. He and the amazing kids bonded as the kids learned Piggy’s story and as they learned how to piece together a one-page story. Then they made their first comics together with Ethan!

The younger class decided to make a comic about their teacher making a robot cat. The older class make a comic about the whole class getting superpowers to save their teacher from a trillion-eyed monster! Every single one of them was already a superhero though!

We can’t wait to come back in the autumn! Thank you to everyone at the school!

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Piggy Summer School in the Galapagos!

By Michelle Green

Recently, the Darwin Animal Doctors Galapagos clinic had a visit from a local summer school. These students had been learning English and, recently, the topic was on animals. The teacher contacted the clinic to see if the class might be able to come by to visualise and practice what they had learned in recent weeks. The Darwin Animal Doctors team savour every opportunity to interact with local children and readily accepted.

   

When the class arrived, the Doctors had ready an exciting day. The students learned a lot about the clinic and what the Doctors do there, were able to experience and learn about what a health check on a dog is like, learned about how to look after their own pets and then challenged their knowledge with a giant board game.

  

After an information filled morning, each student was given a copy of “A Piggy’s Tale” (part of our Humane Education curriculum) to read about the power of empathy to all creatures.

  

Thank you to the amazing students and teachers that were involved, and also to all the Darwin Animal Doctors team who prepared such an interesting and informative day.

Piggy’s Visage Returns to His Hometown in the Dominican Republic!

Piggy’s humane education comic and coloring pages have made their way back to where Piggy started life, in the Dominican Republic! Here, at the Puentes Early Learning Institute in Cabrera, Dominican Republic, teachers taught Piggy’s story and lessons to the children. The kids also had the opportunity to exercise their artistic side with Piggy coloring pages. Piggy could not be more proud to help the kids where he was born.

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Piggy Year-Long Education Program Ready to Change the World

by Michelle Johnston

Large numbers of mistreated and stray/street animals is, unfortunately, just a symptom of a greater problem; a lack of education and understanding of animal welfare and environmental appreciation. One of the major factors that set Darwin Animal Doctors apart is that we don’t just treat this symptom by providing free, accessible veterinary care, but we also address the root cause through education.

Whilst there is value in just spaying and neutering large numbers of animals, this alone leaves communities without any understanding of why this was done and can even develop mistrust. We devote a lot of time and energy into working alongside a community to develop understanding that will provoke a long-term, generational change in thinking whilst providing the veterinary tools communities need in order to access necessary solutions.

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Over the years, we have gone into schools to speak to students, held community education events, developed educational posters and banners, worked with youth groups, and developed volunteer and job positions to train community members. During this time we have developed a variety of lesson plans and educational tools, including the development of our very own graphic novel; “A Piggy’s Tale”. Throughout the last year, we have been combining and re-editing many of these educational tools and programs to develop a comprehensive, full year education curriculum.

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Now we are very excited to announce that it is here and ready to go!

This curriculum is complete with assessments, marking rubrics and lesson plans and couples with commonly taught school subjects to avoid adding add any pressure on teachers’ valuable time in the classroom. The program develops students’ compassion for people and animals, teaches students about the needs of a pet and the responsibilities of having a pet in the family, introduces students to the balance of ecosystems in our environment and how important they are to protect, explains common environmental issues and achievable solutions (such as spaying and neutering your pets) and emphasises the importance of training you pet and safety around animals – all through classroom games, presentations, self-directed research and, our very own board game and – of course – the amazing “A Piggy’s Tale” graphic novel.

Currently, we are in progress to roll out the program country-wide in Belize and in schools in the US. With requests for the program from two different projects in Mexico, to the Dominican Republic, Madagascar, Sumatra, Ecuador, and more flooding in, we are going to be very busy implementing our Humane Education Curriculum around the world.

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If you are looking to educate your community on how to look after and care for animals, the environment and appreciate an ecosystem as a whole, please feel free to contact us to begin discussing if our education curriculum will suit your needs.

Piggy Visits the Children of the Gillen Brewer School!

Professor Piggy brought his humane education program to the Gillen Brewer School for children with significant learning challenges! This was Piggy’s second visit to the school. The kids were amazing as always, showing that they can overcome anything, and the teachers showed once again that they can lead these children past any obstacle.

The teachers and students alike loved Piggy, as well as his education program, written by curriculum writer Kim Diaz. At first, no one expected all the kids to follow along to an analog humane education comic book that we would read together in its entirety. However, to everyone’s delight, the kids were rapt and read along to the entire comic, A Piggy’s Tale issue #2, while asking compelling and smart questions about each page they read. Afterward, the amazing teachers taught the kids how to write their own comics to tell their stories.

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(kids asking questions about Piggy and his comic story)

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(kids reading along to Piggy’s story, learning humane education)

Last year, we brought issue #1 of his humane education program to the school. The kids asked when Piggy could come back so we can continue the lesson to issue #3!