Over 160 rangers have died protecting Virunga National Park in the last 20 years. The rangers protect Virunga's habitats and wildlife, including critically endangered gorillas and elephants. Their patrols come under attack from armed gangs, which raid the park for supplies (timber, wildlife) to fund conflicts in the volatile eastern DRC. Starting in 2007, the park set up a fund for the families of fallen rangers. Widows and children now receive a small income to meet basic needs, and an endowment fund is raising money to support health care and education. A sewing cooperative opened in 2016.