We will give a contribution from our income for this Tour to the Momella Foundation and to the Living Walls project. The Momella Foundation was founded by its coordinators, Marlies & Jörg Gabriel, the owners of Hatari Lodge in Momella and Shu'mata Camp, which we use. Under its umbrella 8 individual projects are currently set up with the aim of developing the region and uplifting the living conditions for the local population in addition to protecting the natural resources. Two of the projects should be financed to a large extent through their own achieved revenue. The other projects rely on donations generated through the foundation.

The Momella Conservancy Project
The buffer zone between the Arusha National park and the cultivated village farms is to be declared a Conservancy. Strictly controlled land use will be permitted for touristic purposes of Hatari and Momella Lodges. Wood cutting and livestock grazing will be prohibited. Poaching might cease due to rigorous controls. Acceptance by the local population will be enhanced when both lodges provide diversified employment opportunities and the below mentioned Momella Foundation projects developed.

The MamaMomella Project
The local women get a chance to generate their own income. Besides assisting with the financial needs of the families, this will strengthen self-confidence and represent a major step towards equal rights for women. By utilizing the women’s sewing and stitching skills and creativity, valuable textiles combining tradition and modernity are created. The range of products will be constantly expanded alongside the marketing and distribution function.

The Living Walls Project

Our partner in Tanzania will also start the ‘Living Walls’ project in the bomas, combining perma culture and safe guarding the Shu’mata lion population. By making use of the fertiliser within the bomas, they will start a tree planting project to create a natural fence around the kraal to keep lions out of the boma and at the same time make use of trees from which the fruits can be harvested. A new permaculture project has been launched at Hatari Lodge, as a pilot project to fight monoculture.

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