HELPING AIDS VICTIMS
Goat rearing scheme supports AIDS victims and their families
WHAT, HOW AND WHY
Ambuya is Shona for 'Grandmother,' the title given to Sally Plummer by the community when she started working in Zimbabwe in 2000.
The Ambuya Foundation is creating a new balance between the human population and unique African wildlife and wilderness.
We do this through community development (agriculture, education, health) and wildlife & wilderness conservation.
Hunting game and cutting trees was a traditional part of life in the bush when people were in balance with the wildlife and wilderness.
However, the increasing human population, together with the commercial bushmeat trade, has created a ‘zero sum game’.
Wilderness and wildlife are vanishing before our eyes. Soon there will be nothing to kill or chop down.
Ambuya Foundation works with subsistence farming communities that eke a living along the Umfurudzi River opposite the Umfurudzi Safari Area, a National Park.
With about three hundred homesteads in one village and an average of five people per homestead, we estimate that 15,000 people potentially benefit from our work in this corner of Zimbabawe, Southern Africa.
The beautiful woman in the picture above, is now deceased. She was a victim of AIDS with no access to healthcare. Our new clinic could have helped her.
ASSESSING THE NEEDS
We are fortunate to have key members of the community as advisers – Iain Jarvis, Executive Director of Wilderness Africa and Village Head Nzwanai Mwanza. We also work closely with the Heads and School Development Committees of the five schools described below.
We concentrate on projects that will benefit the community at large:
So far, Ambuya supports five schools in this remote area, three Primaries and two Secondary for 1500 pupils
None of the schools have electricity or running water. We have already brought them solar power for lighting, TV, DVD, a computer and a printer each. We have sponsored IT training.
WHAT WE DO IN THE SCHOOLS
The Ambuya Foundation funds Wilderness Africa Trust, a Zimbabwean charity.
Their HQ is at Hippo Pools Wilderness Camp, located on the bank of the Mazowe River, within the Umfurudzi Safari Area and opposite our flagship projects in GARURA & NYAGANDE COMMUNITY WILDLIFE PARKS
GARURA & NYAGANDE COMMUNITY WILDLIFE PARKS
Our flagship projects, creating employment for the villagers, now and in the future.
Through Wilderness Africa Trust we are creating a unique linked series of game reserves on community land, leased from the villages. Eventually this could be part of a game corridor from Mozambique to Zambia.
It is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. Visitors can stay within a park or canoe across from Hippo Pools. Game drive & walks get you close to the animals we have introduced - giraffe, zebra, impala, eland, wildebeest, waterbuck, bushbuck. Other animals are spontaneously reappearing - otters, rock hyrax, civets, genets, jack rabbits...
For many years WAT Game Scouts were the only real deterrent to stop people killing game in the Umfurudzi Safari Area, a National Park.
However in 2011 National Parks entered into an agreement with a private company to jointly run the area as Umfurudzi Park. The whole Park is now being restocked - including elephants and cheetahs. The local leopards are increasing in number too.
Wilderness Africa Trust runs Conservation Camps for schoolchildren to introduce them to their wildlife heritage.
Every year Ambuya funds a camp for twenty top performing children (both academic and sporting) from each of our five schools.
For most it is the first time they have seen their wilderness or had a hot shower, walked on lawn, had two good meals a day and slept on a proper bed.
BIRDING, BIRDS AND RAPTOR SURVEY
Hippo Pools is a wonderful place for birders and specialises in scientifically monitoring the activities of raptors (eagles, hawks etc).
There are over 30 'Specials' - rare birds that can often be commonly seen. Among them are Pel's Fishing Owls, Black Storks, Livingstone's Flycatchers and Crowned Eagles.