I founded Tunememi, a nonprofit association, when I was nine years old to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our planet and to encourage other kids to take action and make a difference. Through fundraising activities, Tunememi aims to support the wildlife and environmental conservation programs of scientific organizations.

Sophie, 10 years old
Founder of Tunememi

As a nature lover and young explorer, I am always amazed by the incredible wildlife on our planet! While visiting national parks and nature reserves, not only do I learn from the naturalists the names and behavior of the animals (and plants) I see, I also become more aware of the consequences of human actions on our planet and the tremendous conservation efforts being done to control and revert the damages we have caused.

Learning while exploring. Lenin, a National Geographic-Lindblad Expeditions naturalist in the Galapagos, helping me search for waved albatrosses and their chicks on Española Island. I participated in the National Geographic Global Explorers program and learned a lot!

During a trip to the Galapagos Islands in 2017, I visited the Charles Darwin Research Station where I saw the preserved Lonesome George. He was the last giant tortoise from Pinta Island.

I felt very, very sad. I couldn’t believe that all the Pinta giant tortoises are now extinct because of us, humans! All the animals are precious and our planet is so beautiful so we should protect them.

Since then, I wanted to help and make a difference. So I started to raise funds for the endangered wildlife of the Galapagos and did several activities. Through my campaign and thanks to the generous donors who supported me, I was able to donate to the giant tortoise and penguin conservation programs of the Charles Darwin Research Station when I returned to the Galapagos in April 2019. After meeting their scientists and learning more about conservation, I am more inspired than ever to continue my campaign.

That’s my story and I hope that you can support Tunememi!