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Mkomazi Outreach Programme

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Introduction
History
Rhino Sanctuary
African Wild Dog Breeding Program
Protection from Poachers and Livestock Encroachment
Mkomazi Outreach Programme
USA TODAY Articles, March 1999
1999 Newsletter
When the restoration of the Mkomazi Game Reserve was declared a National Priority Project, the Tanzanian Government and the Trust decided that, once the rehabilitation was underway, they would establish community programs for the residents of the villages surrounding the reserve. This would be a huge undertaking, encompassing 41 villages within 3 districts, and would run alongside a program to help the pastoralists living between the border of the reserve and the local villages at the foot of the Pare and Usambara Mountains.

Mkomazi outreach classroomThe Mkomazi Game Reserve Outreach Programme began in 1993 at the request of the Tanzanian government. Originally developed and coordinated by Harrie and Truus Simons, it has now been institutionalized by the government who have taken over the main responsilities of the program and whom the Trusts are actively assisting.

Our long term commitment is to ensure that the local communities benefit from the presence of the reserve and come to look upon wild animals as a non-consumptive resource. To that end, the Trusts have contributed funds to

  • facilitate the expanding women's groups
  • rehabilitate several primary schools
  • equip and enlarge medical dispensaries
  • equip a physiotherapy unit for disabled children
  • roof a regional secondary school
  • employ a district game officer to work alongside a teacher who had been funded by the Trust to attend a wildlife college
  • establish outreach offices
  • sponsor the Mkomazi Game Reserve football team
  • construct the Kisiwani Secondary School


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