To foster a steady economy, Tanzania needs to create the right environment for companies to flourish. Charles Dobie, director of Selous Safari Company, has campaigned tirelessly for over a decade as Vice Chairman and Treasurer of HAT (Hotel Association of Tanzania). For more information on their work please go to their website. Over the years guests have contacted us to ask what to bring for the local communities if they have a few kilos weight limit to spare. This kind gesture has been greatly appreciated and has led some guests to bring suitcases of donations with them!
Donations for the schools, such as stationery, dictionaries and reading books; the children, such as toys, games and footballs; and the clinics, such as basic medical supplies and health charts, are always well received.
However many items have a short life span and only help a few lucky villagers and for this reason we would always recommend supporting longer lasting projects which help the community as a whole. Sometimes the biggest impact in a community comes from a single project, something that simply makes daily life easier. Selous Safari Company have listened to the village chairmen and councils to see what would effect the biggest change and over the years have installed water pumps and wells, giving constant, clean water to the whole community; provided pumps and pipes to create irrigation systems; built a desperately needed police station for a population of over 5,000; and actioned several building and maintenance projects, recently completing new flooring and desks for both teachers and students, at Makifu School near Ruaha National Park.