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Our projects employ local people as cooks, cleaners, drivers, translators, managers, tradesmen and labourers. We have a training programme to train local people in the skills required to build, operate and manage our projects.
We make a significant contribution to the local economy by using local builder’s merchants, food markets and safari companies to supply our volunteers and projects.
Our projects enable hundreds of individuals and families to be financially self -sufficient via their involvement in our sustainable income generating projects.
We have a policy of encouraging the use of electronic mail rather than paper correspondence. Any waste paper from our UK office is recycled and paper waste in Tanzania it is composted in our garden.
We have a strict policy of the frugal use of water in Tanzania by our volunteers. We have a rainwater harvesting system in our lodge which provides all of our drinking water and 30 % of our toilet water usage. We use our brown water to irrigate our garden. We use reusable water containers.
Our dairy goat scheme operates a zero grazing scheme which prevents our goats from eating trees. We encourage recycling of animal manure and the planting of trees.
We are working with local environment agencies to encourage the protection of the wildlife and ecosystem of the remaining areas of uncleared bush.
At our pre trip orientation day we train volunteers to be aware of the differences between western and African cultures. Volunteers are required to sign a code of conduct and this deals with areas such as responsible alcohol use, being asked for money, how volunteers should behave in various social situations etc.
All volunteers are taught some KiSwahili to enable them to integrate a bit more easily into village situations.
All our projects have been agreed with the local government and village communities. The recipients of the projects we are involved in are selected by a local committee.