Most of the residents on Manda do not have a boat, there is nothing on Manda apart form their homes and our business so we provide a free ferry service to Manda residents. Locals get a discount in the restaurant, if they need coal, paraffin, water, milk etc we always give it to them. We also have a volleyball net up on the beach where the locals come every evening and play, they really like it when guests join in too. There are various projects on Lamu island which we have contributed funds to such as the local school fund, although we do not believe that money alone is much of a support.
There is no fresh water on Manda Island, the used water from showers and sinks is all re-used on the garden.
Due to the lack of water we have salt water flush toilets.
A compost heap for relevant waste, burn paper, use bottles that can be returned to wholesalers.
All buildings are locally designed and natural local materials so we blend into the landscape.
We buy all produce from the local market and shops, all fish from local fisherman.
We offer cooking lessons and give the profit to our chef.
We arrange walking excursions and give all money to the two local brothers who know the island best.
Our long term aim is to provide the whole of Manda with fresh water so that the farmers can use the land again and grow produce which we can buy, this will take time but we hope to achieve this by asking guests to contribute and by putting a percentage of profits towards it.