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Giving back to Africa
We recognise that in carrying out our work as tour operators, we have a responsibility to respect other peoples' communities. We acknowledge that wherever a tour operator does business or sends clients, it has the potential to do both good and harm and we are aware that all too often the harm can outweigh the good. All tourism potentially has an environmental, social and economic impact on the destination involved. We accept that we should aim to be responsible in all our dealings on each of these levels.
To help us do so, here is a set of guidelines intended to help companies, customers and local suppliers recognise common responsibilities.
PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT
Protect flora, fauna & landscapes
RESPECT LOCAL CULTURES
Respect traditions, religions & built heritage
BENEFIT LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Benefit them both economically & socially
CONSERVE NATURAL RESOURCES
From office to destination
Through noise reduction, waste disposal & minimal congestion
Stopping for breakfast in Ngoma, Kafue National Park
Give a Rucksack, Livingstone, Zambia
Tukongote Community Pre-school was set up four years ago by Waterberry Lodge, who sponsored a teacher for the local village’s youngest children, who could not walk the 8-12km to the then nearest pre-school.
This is a massive success story, with 73 children now attending pre-school here taught by four teachers. Pre-school has recently become compulsory in Zambia for any child who wants to attend primary school, so it is vital that the country's youngest children have access to these in order to continue their education.
When we got in touch with Tukongote one of the things we were told would be most useful was school rucksacks. Over the course of 16 months we asked all clients visiting Livingstone to take these out with them in their luggage. Finally in January 2015 we had collected enough and were able to hand them out to the children.
Because this worked so well, we have decided to continue this project, this time for Big Tree Pre-School, another community pre-school supported by Waterberry. There are 36 children currently attending class here. By clicking here you can help us support this school by taking out a children's rucksack with you to Livingstone in Zambia.
Tukongote Community Pre-School in Livingstone
Give Warmth at The Mammadu Trust in Windhoek
The Mammadu Trust was founded by Agnes Albrecht to care for and support orphans, children and minors who are living in extremely vulnerable conditions. Many children that Mammadu currently care for are runaways, whose parents may be alcoholics, abusive, or affected by HIV/AIDS.
In 2010 Agnes acquired a block of land in Otjomuise, one of the poorest areas in Windhoek and began to build the centre. Mammadu meet the financial and pastoral needs of the most vulnerable children in this area by paying school fees, providing suitable clothes and shoes for attending school, cooking nutritious meals and providing health and hygiene care. In addition Mammadu have an officially registered pre-school and run extra classes for all ages to supplement their education.
When we contacted Agnes, she reported that the items most in demand for the children are warm clothes and sleeping bags. These children live in tiny sheet-metal constructions, offering them little protection from the freezing temperatures that occur in winter. We would be very grateful to all future travellers to Namibia for supporting Mammadu by taking out warm clothes for the children here in their luggage.
Agnes Albrecht and children at Mammadu
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