Meet Our Team
The Green Heritage Fund Suriname was established in October 2005 and is a charitable nonprofit. The Foundation was established due to our belief that the image of Lucia (Bradypus tridactylus) should not be used commercially, and with the idea that a non-profit charity could reinvest all earnings in programs that would help improve the fate of animals.
Thus, the Foundation’s first program was born, the Xenarthra Program.The second and perhaps more well known initiative of the Foundation is the Dolphin Program. In 2005 a group of friends began to make regular trips in the Suriname River Estuary stopping at the beach of Braamspunt. Over time these outings developed into a regular research and monitoring activity. They also helped to encourage dolphin tourism which yields benefits for the local community.
In accordance with Article 4.5 of the Articles of Association the members of the Board should not enjoy any financial benefits from the foundation. The board is, however, authorized to allocate for special or extensive activities that are performed for the fulfillment of the board duties, a reasonable compensation. A Secretariat, headed by one director, may be established to implement the decisions of the board and conducting the day-to-day management over the activities of the foundation.
The board will meet as often as the Chairman, or at least two members of the board deem necessary, in addition to the annual meeting in which the annual report is approved,
Majordomo & Animal Handler
What People Say
I was introduced to the Green Heritage Fund Suriname by a friend’s mother. She got me in contact with Monique, who was more than happy to have me as a volunteer. I remember the first time I went over to her place for information and instructions. We were greeted with a smile and a surprise in the form of a dozen sloths! Monique told us about the different programmes, smiling throughout it all. I left her house feeling content about my decision to volunteer, and I just knew that that meeting had marked the beginning of many fun days!
Stephan LoorStudent Volunteer
My daughter and I went to Suriname uncertain as to what exactly we would be doing while volunteering with Monique Pool and Green Heritage Fund Suriname. Our experience there far out surpassed our expectations. Not only were we with the sloths during the day, we were also involved in the feeding, weighing and general care of the sloths. We also went to sloth rescues and sloth releases with Monique and learnt a lot about what Green Heritage Fund does to help in the conservation of sloths. Volunteering at GHFS gave us a new perspective of all the efforts that went into the care and conservation of sloths.
Priya and SharanyaVolunteers
I was introduced to Green Heritage Fund Suriname by my mother in 2013. I started helping with measurements for the dolphin program and in August 2015 I also started helping with data entry and any other office work that has to be done.
The GHFS Logo
The GHFS logo is symbolic of what we work to protect.
1. Map of Suriname with location of largest nature reserve the Central Suriname Nature Reserve, and coastal species such as the Guiana dolphin and Sea Turtles, to show that our work covers the whole of Suriname and also the marine realm.
2. The biodiversity that can be found in Suriname, including humans, who only leave a footprint, and nothing else behind.
3. The cultural values expressed with traces left behind by the earliest inhabitants of Suriname, such as petroglyphs and their knowledge of Surinamese natural resources. The forest and the water are dynamic, but these natural sacred spaces remain and also pass on information. The flowing water gives us the idea of time, both the current, past and the future.
4. Two important natural sites in Suriname, Tafelberg and Voltzberg, exemplary for the pristine forests of Suriname, a country that has the highest per capita forest cover in the world.