In 2009, we banded together with some other like minded lodges to form Project Luangwa
The mission statement of Project Luangwa is: “To ensure the people of the Luangwa Valley gain the full benefit from tourism by investing in education and business development.” Whilst we are still participating in fund raising Project Luangwa, led by devoted and hard working Karen Beattie and Dave Hopson, is handling the administration of the many community and educational projects we support in the Mfuwe area.
The administration costs are funded by the conservation and community levy charged by the participating lodges. What this means is that each and every donation from our guests goes 100% to Project Luangwa and directly benefits the children. This element was critical in our decision to join the Project as we have always promised our kind donators this level of application of their monies.
Through Project Luangwa, the excellent work achieved by Karen and Dave, many years of Shenton Safaris’ own contribution and with the help of our generous guests, we have reached the final stage of our involvement with Hanada: the site has been developed from an idea into real premises where the community can run a business to support a pre-school for orphans and vulnerable children. We are proud to say that now the building work is complete. Hanada will be totally managed and further developed by the community under the guidance of His Highness Chief Mnkhanya.
Current Assignments by Project Luangwa
These are only a few of the current assignments and developments supported by the lodges forming Project Luangwa:
- Mfuwe Day Secondary School: building a science laboratory and a library
- Kawaza Basic School, Nsefu Basic School, Matula Secondary School, Kapita and Katapila Community Schools – continuous support through building new classrooms, teacher houses, toilet blocks, funding teachers, planting trees, obtaining supplies etc
- iSchool in South Luangwa: supplying local schools with ZeduPads, a tablet-like device containing the whole of Primary Zambia curriculum
- Desks: building metal desks to equip the school of the Luangwa Valley
- Fun days: provide extra-curriculum activities with the organization of events such as the Girls’ Days and Kids in the Wild days, and by creating and sponsoring the Mfuwe Junior Football League
- Helping the disabled by obtaining equipment such as wheelchairs
Click HERE to learn more about Project Luangwa and its current missions, as well as the ways you can help.
Funds are continuously required for the ongoing support of our local community. We wish to thank here our many guests who have made significant financial contributions over the past years, many on a recurring basis. Their support is invaluable.
If you would like to make a donation please do get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or donate directly via Project Luangwa’s donation page. Donating can be as easy as sending a TEXT message.
If you are planning a visit to us, you can also choose to bring much needed supplies. For this we invite you to check the helpful website of Pack For A Purpose, where Rebecca and Scott Rothney are doing an amazing job at inspiring many travellers in making a big impact on the lives of children around the world. The supplies specifically needed for Project Luangwa are listed below.
Pack For A Purpose
For a little effort, you can add great value to your vacation! A convenient, and priceless, way of donating is to devote a bit of space in your luggage and fill it with supplies needed in the communities at your destination. Simply go to PACK FOR A PURPOSE, or contact us and we will liaise with Project Luangwa to see what supplies are most necessary. At the end of 2008 we donated our tailor to train some local ladies in the use of donated sewing machines. Under the oversight of Mrs Hampondo, several ladies were taught to make wrap around skirts to sell at a local craft market to try to generate an ongoing source of income for the project. Whilst very modest in size, this project generates gainful employment for a few of the local ladies.
Project Luangwa Needs:
- Updated March 2014: Black or blue ball point pens. Pencil cases. Sharpeners and erasers. Special pencils – soft B series pencils for art or hard H series pencils for technical drawing. A4 Lined paper for files. Phillips School Atlases- we need atlases suitable for Grade 9 kids and above. Atlases must contain sections on ocean currents, population & climate. Collins English Language Thesaurus. Reference books and encyclopedias for libraries – for both primary & secondary schools. Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics O’level/GCSE text books in English only please. For Pre-Schools: building bricks, early learning counting resources “ethic dolls/rag dolls”, play pots and pans, plastic fruit and so on. For the Girls: sanitowry towels, bras in good conditions, new knickers (age 8-12), knitting needles, crochets, fabric, wool, etc. . As needs change regularly, please check here for the latests items needed, and advise on what to bring and NOT TO BRING.
- Books for African Children – please read this page for suggestions
iSchool in South Luangwa: supplying local schools with ZeduPads, a tablet-like device containing the whole of Primary Zambia curriculum
Desks: building metal desks to equip the school of the Luangwa Valley
Fun days: provide extra-curriculum activities with the organization of events such as the Girls’ Days and Kids in the Wild days, and by creating and sponsoring the Mfuwe Junior Football League
Helping the disabled by obtaining equipment such as wheelchairs
Click HERE to learn more about Project Luangwa and its current missions, as well as the ways you can help (LINK TO PL’s website)