A recent visit by Zambian officials was an important step in the people of Maunga working together to prepare a valuable facility for their community, as supplies are due to arrive to help furnish the clinic.
The community of Maunga have been inspiring, coming together to contribute their energy, resources and time in helping to provide their own community with a health care facility that has been a priority for contributing to their well-being for a long time. As our Trust Manager put it, “Maunga represents the epitome of community coming together for one great cause”.
The rural community of Maunga is located on the Western border of the Dambwa Forest Reserve near Livingstone in Southern Zambia. The Primary School in the community was established in 1992, just 50 meters away a site and an incomplete building had been identified to establish a Health Centre of the community. Currently the nearest health centre is in Livingstone, roughly 20km away. Family income levels in this area are low, so access to education and health facilities are extremely limited.
With the opening of Thorntree River Lodge within the African Bush Camps portfolio of safari camps in 2017, a needs analysis process was undertaken and a partnership with the Maunga Community was established. It was clear that his community, due to their remote location off major transport routes, could greatly benefit from contributions that African Bush Camps Foundation could make to responsibly develop their community, right on the border of a vulnerable forest reserve in the area.
During a recent visit to the Health Centre, Obert Mayenza (Trust Manager for the African Bush Camps Foundation) said; “It was a wonderful picture to see all community members come together to put prepare for the construction of the outpatient’s toilet at Maunga Clinic.”
All the preparation was further ratified by an important site visit at by Kazungula District Commissioner, Pascalina Musokotwane who was accompanied by the District Intelligence Officer. Also among the delegates was Zambia Revenue Authority Manager, but the entourage wouldn’t be complete without the enthusiastic presence of General Manager of Thorntree River Lodge Mr. Dumi, whose passion for community work is contagious.
Other delegates included members from the Health Commission and the Superintendent Officer of Zambia Police. Purpose of the visit was to confirm that the African Bush Camps Foundation is working in partnership with the community and that activities are clearly not for profit. They also needed to see evidence of the constructed building to be used as a Health Centre, which will further aid the wavering/deductions in duty on importations received for community benefit.
We expect the arrival of a container of supplies, sponsored by African Bush Camps Foundation supporters in Australia (read more here) with hospital beds, medical supplies and furnishings to help fit the building to be officially opened by the Zambian government for the community to be able to use.