Commitment to the Local Community

USAID – STAR (Sustainable tourism in the Albertine Rift) Initiative

$1For the Future: Mweya Safari Lodge Supports Local Schools and Conservation

For centuries, the people of Kazinga Community have depended upon fishing for their survival. The combination of the community’s remoteness, lack of alternative resources, and its daily interaction with wildlife makes education of paramount importance to the youth of Kazinga Community. Understanding the resources available at their doorstep, as well as the opportunities that extend far beyond the borders of Queen Elizabeth National Park, will be the determining factor in the progress and livelihood of this special community.

Mweya Safari Lodge, in partnership with USAID-STAR (Sustainable Tourism in the Albertine Rift) and the Pearls of Uganda Program, are working with the community to expand their local primary school to accommodate the growing number of students. The existing classrooms were never completed; they lack electrical wiring, wall and floor finishings, and a recent storm ripped the roof off one of the buildings. New classroom facilities are also needed to enable separate spaces for different grade levels. With your support, the primary school will be able to complete these projects and provide better education, and therefore a better future, for the children of Kazinga Community.

In Uganda conservation education is an important focus for schools, given its high level of biodiversity and endangered wildlife. Promoting conservation education within Kazinga Community will self-promote conservation within the National Park, and in turn help to protect its wildlife. As well as supporting the basic curriculum, Mweya Safari Lodge also sponsors Wildlife Clubs of Uganda, which forms student clubs to take part in experimental learning activities that promote environmental education and conservation. Mweya Safari Lodge believes that by investing in education it is not only supporting the future of the individual students, but it also ensures the future of the National Park, Uganda and the welfare of the planet.

Today more than 120 students attend the primary school in Kazinga Community. School repairs and additional classrooms are desperately needed to maintain the school’s pride and prevent dropouts. School repair and construction costs total $15,000 USD. Mweya Safari Lodge ensures that 100% of donations are spent on direct project costs. Your $1 guest fee contributes to this project and makes a difference within the lives of so many local people.

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Pack for a Purpose

Marasa Africa is delighted to affiliate itself with an outstanding initiative called Pack For a Purpose.

The idea behind this is that those fortunate to travel to other countries have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the communities they visit. For the guests that would like to make a small, easy, but meaningful contribution to the local community, please view our needs list at the Pack For a Purpose website to find out what you’ll need. The project supported by Mweya Safari Lodge, is Kazinga Catholic Primary School.

 

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The Muljibhai Madhvani Foundation

The Muljibhai Madhvani Foundation is a charitable trust that was set up in 1962 on the eve of Uganda’s Independence to honour the vision of the late Muljibhai Prabhudas Madhvani (14th May 1894 – 11th July 1958.)

In keeping with Muljibhai Prabhudas Madhvani’s foresight we are looking for graduates with vision; individuals who are able to perceive the path to Uganda’s future and who not only want to travel the road but also actively participate in its development.

One of the Foundation’s primary objectives is to maintain and promote scientific and technical education among the people of Uganda. The scholarship programme is aimed at benefiting Ugandans pursuing either undergraduate or graduate studies at University level in Uganda and has been in operation since the 2003/04 academic year (after the repossession of the assets by the Foundation) , awarding over Four Hundred Million Uganda Shillings to a selected batch of graduates for each year until graduation.