Conscious about the problematics of a developing country we encourage our guests to support the local NGO’s. We have handpicked a couple of projects that have shown continuity and have an appropriate small scale and localised approach. We know the members and founders of all these organisations and recommend them for the way they administer their funds and highly admire the way they cooperate with the village.
HIPZ (Health Improvement Project Zanzibar) – Makunduchi project
British NGO focused on healthcare, aims at improving infrastructures and providing training at the district hospital of Makunduchi.
Do you have free space in your baggage, why not supporting this project?
Sustainable East Africa
Sustainable East Africa’s motto is ‘sharing sustainable solutions’. The organization aims at empowering local NGOs, schools and communities to meet their economic, social and resource needs sustainably, and promote wise use of natural resources on the Swahili Coast.
The founder of Sustainable East Africa, Nell hamilton, also shares several interesting resources on her private blog
Our goal is to improve the quality of life for coastal communities. To this end, we aim to develop sustainable and eco-friendly ocean harvesting methods.
Across the globe, oceans are suffering from ruthless over-exploitation. Marine life is rapidly being decimated and much of it is now threatened by extinction.
We believe that ecological aqua farming is a meaningful contribution to the conservation of the ecosystem and also offers alternative sources of income for coastal communities
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Jambiani tourism training institute
Its main priority at this time is to provide health and education services to communities in need within the developing world. To date, HABS has had extensive experience co-ordinating projects in Guatemala, Sri Lanka and East Africa (Zanzibar).
It is a locally founded and run NGO that focuses on education and environment. Marine preservation is one of the priorities and Jamabeco cooperates with several projects among which are Marinecultures, Chumbe marine conservation area and the Institute of Marine Studies in Stone Town.
Zanzibar Outreach Program (ZOP)
It is an NGO managed by Zanzibaris. The main objective of ZOP is to help the Zanzibaris, focusing primarily in community development through training, medical and educational support.
The Paje Seaweed centre
The Seaweed Center is a social responsible business that provides female seaweed farmers in Paje, Zanzibar, with opportunities to improve their personal standard of living and develop economic activities that benefit the entire community. The project comprises a factory and gathering site to produce soaps and creams from seaweed that are sold locally and beginning to be distributed throughout East Africa.
All guest soap at the Red Monkey Lodge comes from this project.
Submerge (not Zanzibar based)
Aims at creating awareness and promote community solutions to the increasing coastal and ocean environmental problems. Submerge is a nonprofit organization. We look forward to creating a hybrid organization: Generate revenue through conscious education activities such as the First Underwater Image School and support community based projects through these revenues and the commitment, trust and cooperation of our volunteers.