AMANI SAFARIS RWINDI CONSERVATION PROGRAMME
Prior to the establishment of Rwindi National Park , the local communities depended on the forest for such resources as weaving materials, medicinal plants, hunting, honey collection, fruit gathering and building poles. Batwa (pygmies) live in the forests.
When Rwindi was gazetted as a national park, the people were barred from removing forest products, some of which had played a crucial role in their livelihoods.
The main challenge of our project was therefore to identify viable community activities small-scale based, on natural resources located outside the park, and to establish a link between income generation activities and conservation of the park.
HOW DO WE DO THIS?
Our community activities Amani Safaris led the way by adopting a community education centre to mobilize the local population and involve them in the conservation and protection of their environment. We set up periodic seminars with local and foreign trainers. We collaborate with school, church groups and the village authority to promote our core programs like Public Health, Nutrition and sanitation.
- ECO SCHOOLS PROGRAMME
The Eco Schools scheme accredits nearby schools that make a continued commitment to improve their environmental performance and we educate them on environmental issues.
The Eco Schools program offers learning resources through activities linked to curricular subjects and areas.
The aim of the Eco Schools program is to stimulate environmental awareness and commitment in the youngest generation. Childrens' motivation to act for their environment will also be stimulated by art programs covering conservation topics, like animal drawing courses and contests, theatre plays and making art from recycled waste.
- BEE CONSERVATION PROJECT
The bee conservation project focuses on preserving the endangered honeybees as a natural resource to empower the rural and urban poor. In future we anticipate in using modern beekeeping technology and apitherapy (the use of bee products to promote health and healing) as the pivot of sustainable development and poverty alleviation. Honey production as an income generating activity keeps people from entering natural forests in search of resources.
- CONSERVATION OF RWINDI NATIONAL PARK
The park is known for its exceptional (bio)diversity, containing more bird, mammal and reptile species than any protected area on the African continent. Although mountain gorillas are now extremely rare and listed as one of the most critically endangered species, successful conservation work has helped to secure the remaining populations.
The 2010 Mountain Gorilla census has indicated that the conservation efforts of Virunga have been very successful regarding the Gorilla population. Both savanna and forest elephants
- CULTURAL TOURISM
Congo has a rich cultural heritage that is highly interesting for foreigners to experience. Amani Safaris connects local communities to offer visitors lessons in basket weaving, banana beer production. Local guides offer village walks around the surrounding hills with stunning views.
By that wish to share their traditions we disseminate information and knowledge of our ancient traditions and norms to the world.
- CONSERVATION THROUGH PUBLIC HEALTH
Our educational healthcare programs includes:
- Provision of medical supplies like access to water purification aids, mosquito nets, vaccinations and preventive medicines.
- The development and support of inclusion programs aimed at enriching the life of both physically and mentally disabled people in our community.
- Medical education programs and talks on encouraging personal hygiene, nutrition, disease prevention/environmental awareness and HIV/AIDS
- HOUSING SCHEMES
We as part of our involvement in the local community we are dedicated to help build homes for the vulnerable in our community, thus providing them with a stable, loving and safe environment to live in. This program pairs Orpans and widowed women together as they live in newly constructed homes built by Amani Safaris volunteers.