Human-wildlife conflict with elephants, hippos and crocodiles is one of most pressing threats for Liwonde and the thousands of people who live around the park. Constructing and maintaining the park’s electric perimeter fence to reduce conflict and secure the park for the safety of both people and wildlife is a top and ongoing priority. The fence has drastically reduced conflict and has helped save lives as a result.
With education forming a core part of our community development strategy, we completed construction of a new school block and expanded a literacy project entitled ‘Happy Readers’ with the help of a five-year commitment from a donor and the British Army.
Liwonde supports two schools that enrols hundreds of students, and provides several scholarships to secondary and tertiary students. More than 6,000 children to visit the park annually to ensure they learn the value of wildlife and conservation. The construction of two school blocks were completed in 2018, and additional support came in the form of reading programmes, teaching training and new desks. Our scholarship programme assisted 71 students: 44 in secondary school and 27 attending college or university.
We entered into an agreement with American NGO, Americares, for support to two existing health centres and our team regularly engage with local communities through specifically created community forums.
Bee-keeping and Moringa cultivation offer opportunities for local entrepreneurship as well as find alternative sources of income for surrounding communities. A number of tree nurseries have been established to propagate trees for planting to reduce pressure on natural vegetation, generating positive results for the community. Approximately 30,000 seedlings were produced in the first year.
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