Travels with Purpose
Any of you wishing to make a difference and contribute to the well being and development of the local community can volunteer your time or skills for a day or two, a week or longer – during your visit to Tanzania – scheduled either before, during or after your adventure holiday, before returning home.
If you are a doctor, teacher, handy-man or just a willing volunteer, your help will be highly appreciated. Below we have listed projects needing your assistance. Helping those in need; whilst on holiday is something you will treasure for lifetime!
Any of the below options can be included in your Tanzanian holiday whether you join us for a Safari Tour, Trekking Adventure or a Beach ‘Getaway’ on Zanzibar, Pemba, Mafia or Tanzania’s mainland coast.
PROJECTS & DONATIONS
Pure Afro Travels is a social responsible company and it is our wish to help local communities. We are therefore actively involved in many community projects and your participation and support is gratefully received.
Poaching still remains one of the greatest threats to conservation. In an effort to help curb poaching in the Serengeti, we are supporting Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) through Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS), by funding the Serengeti De-Snaring Programme. Pure Afro Travels is a founding member of Serengeti De-snaring Programme.
Further info and latest updates : http://www.fzs.org/de-snaring-serengeti
Below are the latest projects where anybody who wishes to make a difference can physically participate/offer his/her services in many community projects during his/her stay in Tanzania.
Contact us for further details.
Education 4 Rangers – photography4life.org
Promoting growth and understanding through photography and writing, creating awareness, education and support benefiting projects and communities across East Africa. Emphasis is on empowering people through awareness, generating long-term solutions and development – especially communities living close to or along side wildlife.
The organisation has been photographing and writing about the anti- poaching rangers in West Kilimanjaro, Enduimet Wildlife Management Area. Founder Colleen Hogg has spent extensive time with these rangers, and has been accepted not only as a ‘member of the team’ within the field, but she has become close to the families of these brave men and women. In doing so, it has become clear that the Rangers and their families lived in relative poverty, whilst risking their lives to protect their natural heritage. On asking what the Rangers most wanted, they unanimously said they wanted to improve their futures and those of their children, through increased education. From that moment Colleen has sourced sponsors and entered Rangers in English & Computer courses so they can communicate with their global associates in the field of saving wildlife. This project will continue and eventually include these Rangers children.
Help for the Massai – massai.org
“Help for the Massai” is a small, private organization that is aimed at supporting various projects among the Massai tribe in Northern Tanzania. “Help for the Massai” was founded in 1997. The organization has a core of about 20 members and a larger base of donors and friends, without which the ongoing financial support in Tanzania wouldn’t be possible. In Tanzania, the organization is headed by Angelika Wohlenberg (‘Mama Maasai’). Currently there are two main centers in Tanzania:
Kwa Mrefu / Arusha
In March, 2008 “Help for the Massai” moved into our boarding school “Little Africa” on the outskirts of Arusha, and with the generous help of donors an office was erected. In 2011 a guesthouse was built. Each Tuesday and Thursday the house is open for visitors.
The main work of “Help for the Massai” is in a small village about 280km north of Arusha in the middle of the Massai grasslands. Here the mobile clinics are based. “Help for the Massai,” works closely with the Lutheran Church and supports local, indigenous missionaries. In 2005 the “Naserian English Medium Primary School” was founded, educating over 230 pupils.
1st Pediatric Hospital in Tanzania – ihptz.org
International Health Partners is a non-governmental non-profit organization formed to facilitate partnerships from all over the world with Tanzania to improve health care. IHP-TZ are people, working with people, to improve health care for the people of Tanzania. The organization is spearheaded by Mary-Ellen Kitundu, Paula and Dennis Lofstrom. They recognized the huge problems that Tanzania faces especially with the high incidence of both HIV/AIDS and poverty.
IHP-TZ supports the largest nursing school in Tanzania, The School of Nursing of Saint John’s University of Tanzania, offering a BSN in nursing – but the biggest current project is building the first stand alone Pediatric Hospital in Tanzania, located near Zinga, Bagamoyo.
Everyone is welcome to join in their two exciting projects by helping in construction, organizing, donating, carrying bricks or becoming involved with their nursing program. To volunteer your time, just contact them for the latest information concerning up and coming opportunities within their projects. It’s a life changing experience! Check out the updates to hear first hand what’s happening in Tanzania. The stories and pictures are worth the visit alone.