COMMUNITY WORK: PAINTING A SCHOOL
The Zambezi Elephant Fund, with the support of the Zambezi Society, has recently embarked on various projects to assist the local communities who live alongside the Zambezi Valley's remote wildlife areas. This is part of a larger programme to try to improve community awareness about the value of wildlife and to create opportunities for communities to benefit meaningfully and sustainably from their neighbouring wildlife resources.
These before and after pictures show the newly-painted classrooms at Mahwau Secondary and Primary School in Hurungwe District which falls under Chief Chundu.
The Zambezi Society's Community Projects Director, Arthur Mavhima (pictured above left) consulted with the community and the school, purchased the required paint materials and organised for the job to be completed over a weekend in July 2018.
This school is situated some 85 km north of the town of Karoi in remote and marginalised farming communities south of Mana Pools National Park. Villagers here have little means of earning a living and improving their livelihoods other than meagre subsistance agriculture. There is very limited awareness of the value of the wild animals that they live with (they are largely perceived as pests who destroy their crops), and there are few, if any, real and sustainable benefits for such communities from these wildlife resources. The temptation to engage in illegal wildlife hunting activities is high, and people living here don't have much to lose if poaching goes unchecked.
The Zambezi Society is trying to assist with welfare and alternative income-generative projects in these remote areas as part of a larger programme to try to raise community awareness about the value of wildlife and to create opportunities for communities to benefit meaningfully and sustainably from their neighbouring wildlife resources. We appreciate and value the close support given to us by The Zambezi Elephant Fund for these projects.