Over time we have come to understand that to preserve the natural resource that is Lake Tanganyika, a wider more comprehensive approach was needed.
The idea of forming a fully inclusive conservation society has been growing for some time and finally became a reality in 2012.
Conservation Lake Tanganyika (CLT) aims “to promote and preserve the biodiversity of Lake Tanganyika for the sustainable benefit of its inhabitants through a partnership with the community and the Govt.”
Nsumbu National Park in the south western corner of the lake is identified as a vital area for biodiversity conservation of the greater Lake Tanganyika area; and it is here where the focus of CLT begins.
We believe that Conservation Lake Tanganyika can provide a bridge between the immediate needs of the area human communities and the protection that is urgently required to ensure the recovery of wildlife and fish populations to optimum carrying capacities at which they will be usable in a sustainable manner for the benefit of the local people.
For our dream to become reality we need help in preserving this Natural Wonder under threat, if you have any interest in conservation, community development or fisheries management there are opportunities for volunteers and partnerships to achieve our goal.
But most of all we need financial help to get CLT off the ground and begin work before the destruction of one of the world’s greatest natural wonders is irreparable.
Natural Resources ultimately belong to the local people and encouraging them to use these resources in a sustainable manner is the key to their preservation.Sustainable tourism and a protected area for fish and wildlife to safely breed in has wide ranging benefits.
The Nsama Community Resource Board and the Nsumbu Fishing Conservation Committee are both grassroots organisations that have been formed in conjunction with CLT.
Along with private stakeholders such as Ndole Bay Lodge an agreement was made that from 2014 all tourists would pay a community levy of K10 per person per day for fishing on Lake Tanganyika. This fund is jointly administered by CLT and the community and is used for small scale infrastructure projects such as borehole rehabilitation.
Almost all our staff are local residents of whom we have hired and trained on site. We train them to be the best that they can be and encourage them to progress and develop their skills and responsibility to move further in the company.
So far we have brought electricity to our local primary school so they can use electronic resources, we have donated a second hand computer and educational books and also contributed to the building of teacher accommodations.
We have already donated wheelchairs for those in need to the clinic as well as special infant formula and products to help babies with severe allergies. We continue to help where possible.
We actively support the Womens Group in Ndole by hiring them for small tasks to support their group. We also do the same for other rural villages such as our neighboring Mungela village group.
Local Artisans are encouraged to make items such as paintings, lampshades and bags for us to sell on their behalf in our curio shop. This helps to support the artistic community and have a place to showcase their works for financial gain.
Wherever possible we buy local fruit and veggies from our local market growers so as to support community farming in the area as a form of employment.
We also practice Catch & Release fishing practices at Ndole Bay Lodge and purchase our fish from the local fishermen to support their industry.
We need enough donations to provide 40 learning I School Tablets for the students in Ndole Village Primary School plus 4 teacher version iSchool tablets and also 3 tvs and DVD players (1 for each classroom).
The iSchool tablet computer goes hand-in-hand with the Zambian primary school curriculum. There are 1000s of lessons pre-loaded, covering the entire syllabus from Grade 1 to Grade 7, with the early grades in eight local languages. All lessons are multi-media, with sound and imagery, voiced in English and, for the early grades, 8 local languages.
The total cost we need to raise is K88 240 (USD $8 824), so if you can help to make a difference please contact us to make a donation, every little bit counts!