The Nomad Trust was set up in 2007 in areas of Tanzania where we operate our safari camps. We have always strongly believed in our long term commitment and responsibility to the surrounding communities and environment, not only for tourism but also wildlife conservation. For more information on the Nomad Trust, please email me - Lali Heath - on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sun, Oct 15, 2017
Last night FZS held an event to introduce the ‘De-Snaring Programme’ to some of the key stakeholders in Arusha.
Nomad sat and listened as the reality of what is going on in our beautiful Serengeti was explained to us all in shocking detail.
It is sad to learn exactly what is going on right under our noses, but we are proud that Nomad supports their work and is counted among the founding members of Tour Operators investing in the program.
In just five months, the De-snaring Programme has already amassed some shockingly high piles of snares removed from the Serengeti.
Since mid-april 6800+ snares have been found and removed, and 100 animals successfully freed of the 356 animals found trapped.
This is all the work of the Serengeti De-snaring 8 man team.
The traps are indiscriminate and those who end up caught are lucky to come out alive. 'Stumpy' is a wellknown character in the Serengeti who has been left with half a trunk as a result of being caught in a snare.
Wildlife snaring in the Serengeti is commonly associated with trophy hunting, but is also connected to the bush-meat trade. With many villages sitting just outside the boundaries of the national park, illegal killing and smuggling out of animal carcasses and dried meat to sell in local markets is becoming increasing high.
Together with FZS & TANAPA, and other local tour operators, we hope that more de-snaring teams will be funded and operational very soon.
Photo credit: Frankfurt Zoological Society
To learn more or get involved click here.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017
Wiggling my way up and over the Rift Valley, passing local coffee farms, and leaving dusty tracks behind me, last week we paid a visit to the Rift Valley Children’s Village.
It was great to see TCF's project firsthand and witness the wonderful work they are going for their 97 children, as well as the nearby community.
They have an open door for people in the local area to come and get checked up by their resident nurse; run a micro-finance program and women’s group to promote small business initiatives; and make sure that the children in their care benefit from educational, health, and emotional support on a day-to-day basis.
These results speak for themselves.
The house mamas are an essential part of the RVCV, caring for these at-risk children, and making sure that each and every one of them has a natural and nutruring home environemnt. Dont let these big smiles fool you, a lot of hard work goes in from all involved to make this children's village a home.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017
It has been a busy month for our Nomad Trust, but a special one as we have been sorting out and distributing funds to some of our partner projects.
A huge thanks to our guests and their generous donations. Together we have managed to generate some sizeable support that will give these projects a well deserved boost in these important areas of work.
LCMO and Vijana Mazingira
Supporting LCMO’s youth program in Katavi we raised enough money for:
25 screenings of educational shows in the community
10 village ambassadors operational costs for 12 months
A year’s worth of environmental club conservation classes for secondary school students
Through this program, educating the youth on the importance of protecting the environment and wildlife, we are equipping the next generation to become ambassadors for nature in their community.
Ruaha Carnivore Project
Further south, supporting the Ruaha Carnivore Project, we have donated the equivalent of:
216 rechargeable batteries
1 Reconyx camera trap
1 solar panel and batters for their camp
These are essential items for their operations on the ground, conducting research and collecting data on the carnivores of Ruaha.
Tanzanian Childrens Fund.
In Karatu, we support the Tanzanian Children’s Fund and their ‘Rift Valley Children's Village’.
Our recent donation has gone towards:
Student uniforms & shoes
Basic medical care
Making sure their educational, health, and emotional needs are top priority, RVCV’s children are being given the chance of a brighter future.
These are just some of the projects partnered to our Nomad Trust, and we are looking forward to bigger and better things this year. Get in touch if you would like any more information on the above, or would like to know how you can get involved.
Mon, Aug 7, 2017
Several hundred water bottles made the trip from our Arusha office to Katumbi, a small village just outside the Mahale Mountains National Park. These bottles have been on quite a journey making their way to our partner school in Katumbi. From plane to boat, they eventually reached dry land and were met by the school children themselves who came to collect them at the shore, and carry them the short distance to their school.
Despite living next to Lake Tanganyika, with the lack of water infrastructure and expertise, the village suffers from water problems and the hygiene and health issues that follow. Our Nomad water bottles may be a drop in the ocean at this stage, but we are working together with our partner ‘Pencils for Hope’ to try and find more lasting solutions.
For now the students proudly pack their water bottles in their school bags, knowing that they won't have to worry about going thirsty in the classroom again.
Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Our pioneering scholarship student, Zuberi, is one of five children in his family, and the only one to have made it to secondary school. Just one year away from finishing high school and getting closer to accomplishing his dream of becoming a doctor, Zuberi is a role model to his whole village and could be the first doctor to come from Katumbi.
It has not been an easy journey for Zuberi and his family.Their mother passed away many years ago, and their father had a stroke that left him unable to care for himself. His oldest brother stepped up and took care of Zuberi and his siblings, working as a casual labourer in the village to make ends meet.
Zuberi, a very determined student in primary school, was one of only five students from his primary school to have gone onto secondary school. He slowly saw the demands of rural life pull his classmates out of the classroom one by one, until it was just Zuberi and one other student left. Not wanting to suffer the same fate, he wrote to our Greystoke camp manager at the time, asking to be sponsored to finish his schooling. We couldn't help but be won over by his humble personality and desire to continue his education.
Watch this space, this young man doesn’t seen to be letting anything get in his way, and we predict great things ahead.
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