Our community empowerment starts with our 100% Zimbabwean team on property. Over 130 wonderful individuals, about 60% of whom come from surrounding communities and 40% from across Zimbabwe, which currently is a country with a high unemployment rate, and it’s estimated that one employed individual may support up to ten others. Through providing opportunities for our team, whole families and communities are supported in turn.
In order to further engage with the rural communities in Northern Matabeleland, we partner with the Greenline Africa Trust, which is a small but incredible organisation made up of passionate, caring individuals. They focus on working with marginalised and vulnerable communities to develop, implement and support sustainable projects concentrating on livelihoods, health, education and biodiversity management.
We have chosen to partner with the Greenline Africa Trust due to their integrity, our shared values and our respect for their long-term sustainable approach to community initiatives. All work and projects are done with the communities themselves, based on their needs and for their benefit. One of the projects that is closest to our hearts is the ‘Gogo Project’, which supports grandmothers, “Gogos”, in the villages who look after orphaned and vulnerable children. These ladies have very little themselves, and yet they open their homes to these children in need.
To encourage our guests to be part of our on-going community engagement, we have partnered with Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for the projects in need, that we support, you’ll make a priceless impact on the lives of our local children and families.