Conservation & Community

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Overview

As part of The Bushcamp Company’s commitment to the wildlife and people of the South Luangwa, we work closely with the expanding local community and with conservation organisations to develop projects that help conserve precious resources, support education, and generate a sustainable source of income to those who live around the Park.

In 1999, The Bushcamp Company started providing much-needed help to two local schools: Chiwawatala Primary School in Mfuwe Village and Chilongozi Primary School in a remote area close to our bushcamps. Since our support began, the development and progress of these schools has been remarkable. With generous donations, we have been able to sponsor pupils, pay teachers’ salaries, build classrooms and staff houses, provide access to clean water, and take the school children into the Park on game drives. In 2010 The Bushcamp Company embarked on a long-term project to improve the infrastructure of the only secondary school in area, Mfuwe Day Secondary School, which had been borrowing classrooms from an adjoining primary school. To date we have raised funds to build six classrooms and offices, four dormitories and adjacent ablution blocks, social areas for both boys and girls, and refurbished an existing girls' dormitory. Recently, we have concentrated efforts on improving the educational opportunities for girls under the heading of "girl empowerment."

Beginning in 2013, we instituted a school feeding program, where we feed a total of 1,500 pupils per day at 2 schools. Teachers say that they have seen improvements in attendance, concentration, energy, and health of the pupils. Most of these pupils walk a distance of over 10 kilometers to reach school, often without any real sustenance at home. One head teacher says that she has seen a 40% increase in the pupils' ability to attend their afternoon school sessions, as well as a significant increase in concentration levels. The program gives the pupils' families the security of knowing that their children are receiving necessary nutrition, giving them energy not only for school, but also for the often arduous journey to and from home.

Through our own registered charity, we currently sponsor over 350 local school children. We also support a tree-planting program through which approximately 500 trees per year are planted, and which serves to educate youth about the importance of trees in the local ecosystem. We recently initiated the drilling of 15 deep boreholes to provide clean drinking water in local villages, and have raised funds for 3 more. We run programmes on HIV and AIDS awareness for our staff, and we also support a local theatre group that perform plays for our guests about human-wildlife conflict. We fund-raise and provide logistical support to several conservation organisations that aim to tackle the threats posed to wildlife; supporting the South Luangwa Conservation Society, Zambian Carnivore Programme and the Zambia Wildlife Authority.

Luangwa Conservation & Community Fund

ln 2009, the idea of a Luangwa Conservation Community Fund was conceived by Andy Hogg from Mfuwe Lodge and the Bushcamp Company and spearheaded by an insightful group of photographic tour operators in South Luangwa. These dedicated and passionate people had a long term vision of sustainable funding the activities of the South Luangwa Conservation Society and local community projects. They realized that without the wildlife and habitat in Luangwa, they would have no business and a special place would be lost. They also understood that without involving local communities and focusing on education, there would be no hope of protecting Luangwa's amazing wildlife in future years.

The funds are split evenly between conservation and community projects. We believe that our guests are satisfied to know they have contributed directly to ensuring the ongoing survival of the wildlife and environment, as well as the development of the local community.

Further Education Project

Over the past few years our primary and secondary sponsorship programme has increased from 100 pupils to over 350. It is exciting to have reached a time when many of our sponsored pupils have successfully passed their final school exams and are ready to venture out into the adult world. However, this comes with its own new set of challenges, particularly in getting these young adults to college or trade school so that they can become formally qualified and employable.

As a developing country, Zambia will always need qualified teachers and nurses, but it is vital that we also focus on the younger generation attending college for vocational skills such as carpentry, plumbing, building, tailoring, and agriculture. These skills are essential in rural communities. Agriculture is possibly the most important of all, as it allows the whole family to become self-sufficient. By developing their own farming businesses, families are able to provide their children with a better quality of life.

Our "Charity Begins at Home" has recognised that, in spite of their many personal difficulties, hard working pupils should be given the chance to fulfill their educational dreams. We have been focusing our efforts on raising the funds to support them through some form of higher education. The benefits of providing 'further education' to trade schools, college and university's are numerous!

It greatly increases chances of employment. It improves essential 'Life Skills'. It gives increased hope and pride. It helps to provide financial security for the family.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of all is that it provides an investment in the future of the region. Many of the sponsored students are training in careers that will bring them back to the region as teachers, health care workers, or in other skilled positions. Zambia has a severe shortage of skilled workers, so by helping these students prepare for careers, we are also improving the overall situation of the region.

When 'Charity Begins at Home' commits to support a student through college, we first ensure that there is personal determination and dedication to succeed and that financially, we have the funds to support the student throughout the whole course. This generally includes course fees, accommodation, food allowance, and transport.

We have now introduced a "Further Education Fund" where supporters can donate, and therefore make a difference to a student's life, even if they cannot fund 100% of the college costs themselves. When we have sufficient accumulated funds for a student to attend their course for the whole duration, we will take on the sponsorship, and ensure that students have sufficient funds to complete the whole course.
  • Donate ANY AMOUNT to the Further Education Fund to support a future graduate!
  • $2 500 sponsors a college student for a year
  • Approximately $7,500 sponsors a college student for the duration of their course.
  • $600 pays for a Laptop Computer (Medical and Teaching Courses)
The words of one sponsored student say it all... "College qualifications give hope and pride to us students and our families that we can achieve success, even if we are lacking in some skills. Hope is the necessity in life, since it helps us become more determined and confident, and helps us achieve success. It also gives pride to the country at large for there are few people who acquire college education ."

Meal-A-Day Programme

As part of our commitment to providing educational opportunities to children in the local community, we are now providing 1,600 meals per day at Chiwawatala Primary School and Mfuwe Day School. Some students have to get up at 5 am to walk 15 km to school, do a full day of lessons, and then walk home with nothing to eat. The mental and physical challenges facing the pupils are obvious, as focus, energy levels, and concentration decrease. There is no doubt that correct nutrition is a vital part of children’s development.

We are excited to see that attendance and academic results have increased significantly as a result of providing pupils with a regular meal each day. During the first year of the programme, Mfuwe Day School had the highest number of Grade 12 final exam passes in the District, an increase of 40% in one year!

Receiving a full and nutritious lunch of the traditional nshima with a variety of either beans, soya pieces, vegetables, or meat provides the necessary energy for the afternoon session of studies that so many pupils used to lack. It allows them to focus on studies and extra-curricular activities with much-improved results.

Commit to Clean Water Fund

Each year we try to identify and introduce new community projects. Our aim is always to improve the lives of the local people in the Mfuwe area, so in 2014 we embarked upon an ambitious project to provide safe, clean water to villages in the local community. We have called this new initiative "Commit to Clean Water."

Most of us take it very much for granted that, with the simple act of turning on a tap, clean, safe water will always be available. Whenever we feel thirsty, or need to bathe, or even water our gardens, it requires little thought or effort. But we are the lucky ones...around half of the world's population lacks this most basic of life's necessities.
  • It is estimated that, in Africa alone, over 345 million people are without access to clean water.
  • Women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water.
  • More than 3.4 million people die each year from water-, sanitation-, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world.

In the Luangwa valley, local communities are growing rapidly in size, and the majority of villagers still have no convenient access to safe, clean water.

However, there is an answer to this problem...and we want to help. Safe, clean water is available, but it is stored underground. To reach it, deep boreholes need to be drilled and central pumps need to be provided. This is not such a difficult task, but it does require funding and organization. The Bushcamp Company, in conjunction with generous donors, has already embarked on an ambitious project to provide a number of boreholes in various village locations. Each borehole costs around US$7000 to construct, but with continuing donor support, we plan to extend this project to other needy areas.

This is a project that we consider to be vital to the well being of our local communities, providing tangible benefits to thousands of people.

For more information as to how you can assist, please email projects@bushcampcompany.com

Tree-Planting Project

We run a number of tree planting initiatives at local schools each year, and these programs provide fun and motivation for students, while at the same time teaching them the importance of concern for the environment, focusing on the issue of deforestation.

The students take great pride in "their" trees, and the programs have been very successful in educating the students and helping the environment as well!

Conservation

Zambia’s Luangwa Valley is the country’s premiere destination for wildlife-based tourism, but like virtually everywhere on the planet, it is threatened by an multitude of problems, including poaching, rapidly growing human economies, lack of adequate information on wildlife species, and a lack of training, education, and employment opportunities for local people who are ultimately responsible for conserving their wildlife resources. In a time of pressing environmental and social problems, responsible wildlife-based tourism is of paramount importance for the ecosystems, wildlife, and local communities that depend on them.

During the 1970s and 1980s Zambia lost the majority of its elephant population and all of its rhino to poaching. However to date, the elephant population has started increasing, as a result of increased and improved law enforcement. Despite being one of the most wildlife-rich areas remaining in Africa, its natural heritage is under threat from poaching and other illegal activities. To help combat these serious threats to the Luangwa’s wildlife, The Bushcamp Company is a proud supporter of three local wildlife organisations - The South Luangwa Conservation Society (SLCS), the Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP) and the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) - that work together on various conservation efforts to address these issues and conserve the Valley’s wildlife. We recently substantially increased our support for these organizations by providing a light aircraft for aerial anti-poaching and reasearch activities.

Environmental Best Practice
Being based inside the National Park, we have always tried to build and run our Bushcamps and Mfuwe Lodge in a way that fits with their magnificent natural surroundings. In recent years we have also tried to make our operation as ‘green’ as possible, introducing solar technology throughout our Bushcamps and also where possible at Mfuwe Lodge. Each chalet or tent has its own solar water heating system, and at the camps we use solar panels for power; for lighting, charging, fridge-freezers and to pump water. On top of this we always try to ensure that we follow building environmental best practice whenever possible; using sustainably sourced timber, cement (rather than wood-fired) bricks. We also try to ensuring that waste (water and solids) has a limited impact on the immediate environment around each camp. At Mfuwe Lodge we run a ‘worm farm’, where our kitchen and organic waste is composted down to produce an organic fertiliser, which we use for our tree planting programmes. For years we have been encouraging members of the local community to plant trees and have started several tree planting programmes. We are proud that our guides have the conservation of their park at the forefront of their minds. Luangwa’s guides are considered to be among the best in Africa.
South Luangwa Conservation Society
The South Luangwa Conservation Society (SLCS) is a non-profit organisation that is committed to the conservation of the wildlife and natural resources of the South Luangwa National Park and surrounding Game Management Areas. SLCS is partly sponsored by the safari operators in Luangwa (LSA), but it relies heavily on individual donations to cover most of its costs.The Bushcamp Company helps fund-raise for SLCS, primarily through the LCCF, and also pays for scouts to conduct anti-poaching patrols in the areas around its camps during the rains. In addition we ensure that our guides and camp staff report any signs of poaching. In 2011 The Bushcamp Company sourced funds to buy SLCS a Cessna 180 light aircraft (to share with the Zambian Carnivore Programme), to help them with law enforcement, research, monitoring, and anti-poaching work. In 2011, the Luangwa Conservation Community Fund raised enough to cover almost one third of SLCS’s operating budget! In 2013 substantial funding was given to SLCS to increase anti-poaching and anti-snaring activities in Game Management Areas left vulnerable after a national hunting ban.
Zambian Carnivore Programme
The Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP) is a non-profit Zambian registered trust dedicated to conserving large carnivore species and their habitat in Zambia. The Bushcamp Company helps fund-raise for ZCP, and our guides work with their researchers to report carnivore sightings as part of the ongoing Luangwa Valley Carnivore Monitoring Programme. The Bushcamp Company’s support of ZCP ranges from direct field support of camera trap surveys, providing daily sightings and photographic data from our camps, assisting with and supporting lion collaring and de-snaring. We also help fund-raising by contributing auction prizes. In 2011 The Bushcamp Company sourced funds to buy ZCP a Cessna 180 light aircraft (to share with the South Luangwa Conservation Society) to help them conduct surveillance, wildlife research and monitoring flights over the park.
Zambia Wildlife Authority
The Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) was formed in 1999, when the Government transformed the former Department of National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) into an autonomous body under the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources. ZAWA’s main objectives are to improve the quality of life among communities living close to wildlife, maintain sustainable biodiversity in protected areas, reverse the decline of wildlife resources, improve wildlife resource management and co-operation with the private sector and local communities in so doing. The Bushcamp Company is proud to work with ZAWA to achieve these objectives in the South Luangwa. As well as generating revenue for the park through lease and park fees, we have worked in collaboration with them over the past few years to improve the road networks around our camps, build an airstrip down in our area, and we have implemented an extensive tsetse fly reduction programme. We must also not forget the ZAWA escort scouts based at each of our camps throughout the season, who play a vital role in keeping our guests safe and happy on their walking safaris!

Community

The rapidly growing community around the South Luangwa National Park has to live with wild animals on its doorstep. Sometimes this co-existence is a real challenge and can even be life-threatening. We believe that it is vital for the survival of the Luangwa’s wildlife that local people benefit from this wonderful resource and do not suffer through this co-existence . Since its inception the Bushcamp Company has been committed to ensuring that the community around the Park has a reason to conserve it. We feel that education is the key to a successful future and so now provide much-needed help to three local schools. With generous donations we have been able to pay teachers’ salaries, build classrooms and staff houses, provide access to clean water, and take the school children into the Park on game drives. Through our own Charity Begins at Home programme and with support from guests and other charities, we also currently sponsor over 350 school children. As well as providing long-term support for the Kakumbi Community Clinic, we also support a local theatre group, which perform plays for our guests about human-wildlife conflict. Our local staff are our most important asset; many of them have worked for the company for over 20 years. We train them to be the best that they can be and encourage them to progress and develop their skills and responsibility. Our staff and their families are entitled to assistance with medical costs and we also run a programme that pays for one of their children to attend school. We also run programmes on HIV and AIDS awareness for our staff. The Bushcamp Company played an integral role in setting up the Luangwa Conservation & Community Fund (LCCF) in 2009; the Fund helps provide vital funding for many of these community projects.
Student Sponsorship
Although education is free from Grade 1 to Grade 7, many of the families living in the rural communities in and around Mfuwe cannot afford the basic additional requirements of uniform, exercise books, and pencils. There is a very high percentage of orphans in the area who are looked after by their extended family, who often struggle to feed the children, let alone pay for their education. If a child is educated there is a much greater chance of them being employed and being able to support their family in the future. The want for education is overwhelming and everyday application letters for sponsorship are left at Mfuwe Lodge. By Grade 9 many girls have dropped out of school as they are required to help look after the family, do chores in the house, and also they face the challenges of teenage pregnancy and early marriage. If girls could continue their education to Grade 12 there is a much brighter future for them and more of a chance for them to take ownership of their lives and in turn set examples for the next female generation.We feel that education is the key to a successful future, and so as well as supporting three schools in the vicinity of the Park, we also provide sponsorship to pupils from the area. With help from our own ‘Charity Begins at Home’ fund, The U Foundation, The Sausage Tree Charity, The Dreike Scholarship Fund, Dazzle Africa, the ‘Austria Kids’ fund, as well as individual guest donations, the ‘Mfuwe Lodge and The Bushcamp Company Pupil Sponsorship Scheme’ is currently responsible for putting more than 350 pupils through 30 different primary and secondary schools in the Eastern Province. We also sponsor a number of students in tertiary education – focusing on trades and skills that can be used to benefit the community - for example teaching, nursing, plumbing, carpentry, electrical, and mechanics. Pupils are monitored on a termly basis and must provide their reports at the end of term.
Chiwawatala Primary School
Chiwawatala Primary School is situated on the main road that connects the National Park with Mfuwe Airport, that cuts through Mfuwe village itself. The school takes around 900 pupils from Grades 1 to 9, being taught by 18 teachers (a ratio of over 50 pupils to 1 teacher) - of these children, more than 400 are orphans. The Bushcamp Company has supported the school since 1999; initially assisting with the purchase of stationery supplies, but now, with our help, the school offers probably the best facilities of any Basic School in Mfuwe. In 2009 we helped connect them up to mains electricity and in 2011 boreholes were sunk, supplying clean running water to the school. Currently, with the help of guests’ generosity we sponsor about 50 children here through school; paying for their uniforms and other school equipment. Our School Fund also pays five teachers' salaries, to supplement the Government-funded teachers. The Bushcamp Company has also helped with renovating the school: building teachers' houses and recently with the help of the Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust and The U Foundation built the Carly Pinder Library, complete with computer room. In 2011 we used some of the LCCF funds to renovate several of their classrooms buildings. To encourage a conservation mindset within the children, the entire school is taken on a game drive once a year. Our generous supporters have also helped provide the school with sports equipment and to equip classrooms. And many guests, with a little space in their luggage, have helped to supply us with small gifts that are used as motivational prizes at an end of term prize-giving awards for hard working pupils.
At the start of 2013 we introduced and funded a chidren's "feeding programme" at Chiwawatala School. This ensures that 900 children receive at least one nutritious meal ever day.
Guests are very welcome to come and visit the projects at this Chiwawatala School during their stay at Mfuwe Lodge - please let us know in advance and we will try and make arrangements.
Chilongozi Primary School
Chilongozi Primary School takes around 300 pupils, from Grades 1 to 9, with only by 8 teachers (a ratio of around 37 pupils to 1 teacher) - of these many of the students are orphaned. The school is in the very remote Malama Chiefdom, in the GMA on the other side of the Luangwa River from our Bushcamps, where human-wildlife conflict is a major issue. As the crow flies Chilongozi School is somewhere in between Chindeni & Bilimungwe Bushcamps - on the eastern side of the River. Since 2000 The Bushcamp Company has supported the school, giving assistance with the purchasing of the school’s stationery supplies, and with the help of guests’ generosity we send 6 older children (Grades 10 & 11) each year to High School by paying their school & boarding fees, uniforms etc. The Bushcamp Company, with support from the The Sausage Tree Charity, also pays three teachers' salaries to supplement the Government-funded teachers and have paid to have a new teacher’s house built and to sink a borehole. We hope to build more houses and a classroom in the future. To encourage a conservation mindset within the children, in 2009 we started what we hope will be an annual event, by taking 100 kids from the school on a game drive and hosted them for lunch at Bilimungwe Bushcamp.

We are afraid that Chilongozi Scool is too far away and remote for guests to be able visit during their stay at Mfuwe Lodge.
Mfuwe Day Secondary School
Mfuwe Day Secondary School is situated in the centre of Mfuwe village and is the only Secondary School in the area. Over 1200 pupils attend school in Grades 8 to 12, with pupils coming from all the neighbouring chiefdoms. Many children travel long distances, so approximately 350 pupils board at the school. Initially the Secondary School had almost no classrooms of their own and had to come to an arrangement with the neighbouring primary school to borrow a few of theirs. The school had two main challenges: a lack of building infrastructure and lack of materials. Both of these factors made it a real struggle for teachers to teach effectively, and the school desperately needed support in order to improve the quality of essential local secondary education. A long-term plan for improving the School was necessary, with the emphasis focused on providing the basic needs of classrooms and essential materials and equipment. From 2010 to date The Bushcamp Company, with the kind support of our guests and dedicated supporters, has made huge improvements to the School, including building 6 classrooms, 4 dormitories, plus renovation of one dormitory (housing 48 pupils per dormitory), and washing facilities. The improvements have already instilled a greater sense of pride in teachers and pupils alike. In addition to this, we are providing the day scholars with a nutritional meal a day which has significantly increased attendance and performance in studies. We also currently sponsor over 100 pupils at the school, focusing in particular on supporting girl pupils who can find completing school to be challenging absent additional support.

Guests are very welcome to come and visit the projects at Mfuwe Day Secondary School during their stay at Mfuwe Lodge – please let us know in advance and we will try and make arrangements.
Staff Training & Enrichment
Our local staff are our most important asset, many of them have worked for Andy, our co-founder, for over 20 years. We train them to be the best that they can be and encourage them to progress and develop their skills and responsibility. All of our staff and their families are entitled to assistance with school fees through our “Charity Begins at Home” programme, which allows each of our contracted staff to nominate at least one child to attend secondary school. the programme also offers funding to relatives of our employees, allowing them to attend further education. In the future we hope that, by building capacity in our local staff, they will play an increasingly valuable role in the company. Many of our managers and guides have ‘risen through the ranks’ through the company, starting off as kitchen porters, waiters, store men and even pool attendants; over the years, with help from their fellow employees and through study and hard work and the support of the company they are now some of our most valuable members of staff!
Luangwa Safari Association Medical Fund
The Luangwa Safari Association Medical Fund (LSAMF) was set up to enable a doctor to care for staff and guests in the Luangwa Valley and to spend most of his/her time caring for the rural community of Mfuwe at the Kakumbi Rural Health Clinic. What became the LSAMF was started in 1997 as a response to the lack of emergency medical care in the Valley. The service was originally envisioned to serve just the staff and guests of the lodges on an emergency basis only, but the doctor’s position rapidly evolved to include an active volunteer role at the Clinic in Mfuwe village.The LSAMF was set up under the umbrella of the Luangwa Safari Association (LSA), and is run by a committee and funded by donations from the lodges in the valley and from individual subscribers wishing to have the services of the doctor. Clients seeing the doctor are charged a set fee plus any medications. In the rare circumstance of a critical situation, the doctor will assess the need for a medical evacuation. Doctors come for what is usually a three-month stint in the Valley, Mfuwe Lodge contributes to the Medical Fund and provides accommodation for the doctor.

For more information please contact Amy Alderman Amy@bushcampcompany.com
HIV and AIDS Awareness
There is no escaping the fact that HIV and AIDS pose a massive threat to the people of Africa, with many premature deaths from HIV and AIDS due to a simple lack of proper nutrition. As an organization The Bushcamp Company is committed to helping its staff to learn more about this disease and the problems associated with it. We help our staff by ensuring they receive the medical attention they require and provide them with food supplements, we also try and educate them on risk factors, distribute condoms, and ensure that no stigma is present in the work place. One of our senior staff has established the Kakumbi HIV & AIDS Nutritional Support Project and also co-ordinates counselling sessions that teach our staff about the facts. We also help fund SEKA, a local theatre group, that perform plays to the local community (and guests) about HIV and AIDS.
Supporting the Local Economy
As a proud member of the Mfuwe Community, and one of its biggest employers, we feel that we have a responsibility to support local businesses. We support vegetable market-gardens in Mfuwe, buying vegetable and herbs for Mfuwe Lodge and our Bushcamps locally, as well as buying It's Wild! products, produced in Zambia by COMACO (Community Markets for Conservation); we currently buy It’s Wild! honey, peanut butter, rice, mielie-meal and other products whenever possible. With assistance from the U Foundation we helped set up a Cultural Village in Mfuwe, run by Peter Zulu - our head guide - which guests can visit while staying at Mfuwe Lodge to learn more about rural Zambian culture. When undertaking new building projects we try and employ local workers, builders and thatchers and pay the local community when using their natural-resources. We also support a local theatre group, SEKA, that perform plays for the local community about HIV and AIDS and to our guests at Mfuwe Lodge about human-wildlife conflict. We also support local sports teams.

Partners

South Luangwa Conservation Society (SLCS) is a non-profit organisation that is committed to the conservation of the local wildlife and natural resources of the South Luangwa National Park and surrounding Game Management Areas. The Bushcamp Company helps fund-raise for SLCS, primarily through the LCCF.
The Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP) is a non-profit Zambian trust dedicated to conserving large carnivore species and their habitat in Zambia. The Bushcamp Company helps fund-raise for ZCP, and our guides report carnivore sightings as part of their Luangwa Valley Carnivore Monitoring Programme.
The Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) is an autonomous Government body whose main objectives are to improve the quality of life among communities living close to wildlife and maintain biodiversity in the Country's protected areas. The Bushcamp Company is proud to work with ZAWA to achieve these objectives in the South Luangwa.
The U Foundation is a UK based charity set up to help people in Zambia to achieve a better life for themselves. They have helped provide boreholes, a library and school equipment school in the Mfuwe area and also assist with the production of our fund-raising calendar.
The Sausage Tree Charity is a UK based charity that has helped raise funds for The Bushcamp Company's school projects. These funds have helped renovate and resource three schools, paid teachers' salaries and educate orphaned and vulnerable children through school and college.
The 'Austria Kids' fund was created by Gerhard and Madeleine Hofecker several years ago to offer scholarships to young pupils at Chiwawatala School. Sadly, Madeleine passed away in 2010, but the scholarships are still maintained in memory of her love for the South Luangwa.
The Dreike Scholarship Fund is a UK based charity set up to help kids who live near wildlife reserves enjoy a decent education; its scholarships enable students living outside the National Park to attend school.
Dazzle Africa is a US based charity, set up by former guests, whose mission is to partner with locally based organizations in Mfuwe to create legacy projects in the areas of education, conservation and community enhancement.
SEKA (Sensitisation and Education through Kunda Arts) is a Zambian NGO, initiated and based in Mfuwe. It uses participatory theatre to sensitise and educate communities on various important social and environmental issues. The SEKA theatre group often performs to guests in the evenings at Mfuwe Lodge.
It's Wild! products are pesticide free, organic and locally produced in Zambia by COMACO (Community Markets for Conservation) and provide a solution to how humans and the environment can coexist. The Bushcamp Company currently buy It's Wild! honey, peanut butter, rice, mielie-meal and other products whenever possible.
Tribal Textiles produce a beautiful range of individually designed and locally hand-painted cotton fabrics in Mfuwe. Their collection of cushion covers, bed linen, table linen, wall hangings, bags, aprons and children´┐Żs products are available at their shops in Zambia, as well as the Curio Shop at Mfuwe Lodge.
The Luangwa Safari Association Medical Fund (LSAMF) was set up by the members of the LSA to enable a doctor to care for staff and guests in the Luangwa Valley and to spend most of his/her time caring for the rural community of Mfuwe at the Kakumbi Rural Health Clinic. For more information please contact Amy Alderman amy@bushcampcompany.com

How You Can Help

All of our guests help support our projects through contributions to the Luangwa Conservation & Community Fund, but if you would like to offer further support, here are some suggestions of how else you can help.

Bringing Gifts for Student Prizes
If you are coming on safari with us, and you have space left in your suitcase, you might want to bring out a few small items with you to donate. We use these gifts as motivational prizes at the end of each term for the teachers to award to the top performing students at Chiwawatala Middle Basic School; ideal donations include:
  • Pens, Pencils, Rubbers/Erasers & Pencil Sharpeners
  • Pencil Cases & Calculators
  • Wind-up Torches
  • Card Games
  • Any type of Arts & Crafts Materials
  • Balloons & Stickers (great motivational tool for younger pupils)
  • Footballs with Pumps
  • Sports Kits
Student Sponsorship
Many of the children who live in the Mfuwe area are orphans, and many others have parents who are unable to find the funds for them to attend school. The Bushcamp Company runs a sponsorship scheme that identifies the most deserving students and helps put them through school. If you are keen to sponsor an Mfuwe child, below is a rough guideline to costs. Sponsorship covers any school fees, uniform, school materials, transport (and groceries at boarding school)
  • G1 to G7 - $130 per year (covers uniform, books, shoes and groceries)
  • G8 to G12 - $475 to $1000 per year depending on school attending (covers uniform, shoes, books, groceries and transport)

For a list of current needs, please contact projects@bushcampcompany.com

DONATE

If you would like to help the people and wildlife of the South Luangwa you can tranfer donations to The Bushcamp Company’s Conservation & Community fund at the following account:

CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME
US Dollar Account No: 1598090500192
Swift Code: ZNCOZMLU
Bank: Zambia National Commercial Bank
Branch: Mfuwe
Bank Address: Mfuwe International Airport, P.O.Box 87, Mfuwe, Zambia


Below are some examples of how that money can be used:

CONSERVATION PROJECTS
  • $50 - pays for an SLCS anti-snaring day patrol
  • $100 - pays for drugs to de-snare a lion
  • $250 - pays for 1 1/2 hours wildlife monitoring flight
  • $500 - pays for drugs to de-snare an elephant
  • $1000 - pays a SLCS scout's salary for 6 months
COMMUNITY PROJECTS
  • $50 - pays for 50 seedlings for tree-planting
  • $250 - pays for textbooks for one class of 40 kids
  • $600 - sponsors a kid in secondary boarding school for one year
  • $1000 - pays a teacher's salary for a year
  • $2000 - pays one year of college education for a student
For more information, please contact projects@bushcampcompany.com

Mfuwe Schools' Calendar

Since 2004, we have produced a fund-raising calendar each year, using paintings done by pupils from the schools we support in Mfuwe. Each year we invite the pupils of the area to think about their daily lives – the challenges and the highlights – and to express this through their artwork.

After holding a competition at the schools, the winning entries are made into a calendar. The calendars are available at the Mfuwe Lodge Curio Shop or online, with all proceeds from the sale of this calendar going directly to various school projects. The pupils and staff thank you for your support!