Manda Wilderness Community Trust Guidelines

The objectives of MWCT are:

  • To help strengthen civil society through active partnerships with the villages and the whole Manda Wilderness Community.
  • To provide appropriate practical assistance on projects / initiatives that the villages identify, prioritize, and are sustainable.
  • To build up skills in the whole community so that members are able to achieve their own goals and share their skills.
  • To coordinate with representatives of the villages to promote sustainable use of resources.

MWCT will consider financial, material or training support for a project if:

  • The project benefits the village/wider community, and not just a few people or an individual
  • It helps to develop and to preserve the natural resources in the area and use them in a sustainable way - the projects have to be beneficial in both the short and long term.
  • The village commits to take an active role in project coordination and execution, and contributes in defined ways towards its success.

MWCT role in the partnership:

  • Provide practical assistance to obtain logistics and materials that are not available locally.
  • Provide advice on project coordination including the sustainable use of the natural resources
  • Act as a base for external resources such as expertise, documentation and financial analysis, and as a project facilitator for villages where required.

The Communities role in the partnership:

    • Commits to active involvement to ensure the success of a project
    • Provides all materials and resources available locally
    • Utilises existing community members' skills to contribute to the project wherever possible

COMMUNITY

The initial steps of the project were to analyse the community leadership structures and to help set up a suitable system to represent each village.
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EDUCATION

To date, eleven schools have been built with funds raised through a combination of donations from guests at Nkwichi Lodge, schools in the UK, church groups, and private companies.
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CONSERVATION

The aim of the Conservation Area remains focused on natural resources for local utilisation, protection and for encouraging wildlife in the area for tourists to visit.
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AGRICULTURE

The Manda Wilderness Agricultural Project is located in one of the most genuinely remote regions of Africa and much of the area remains pristine wilderness.
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