Marine life and communities.
AT THANDA ISLAND
Uniquely situated in Tanzania’s Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve, Thanda Island is surrounded by vulnerable coral reefs. Its seas are home to the gentle whale shark categorised by the IUCN as vulnerable to extinction. It is also home to five species of sea turtles and dolphins, all of which need concerted conservation programmes to ensure their survival. Thanda Island’s marine biologist is monitoring the condition of the surrounding Shungimbili reefs and a reef restoration project is helping to stimulate the recovery of the reefs and the marine species that depend on them.
A commitment to conservation.
Thanda Island partners with the Tanzanian Marine Parks and Reserves Unit on a range of marine conservation and educational programmes including the Ropes of Hope restoration of the coral reef project. These include research conservation initiatives associated with the marine reserve and Mafia Island Marine Park, of which our flagship conservation project is the restoration of the Shungimbili Island coral reef in collaboration with local conservation partners. Five species of marine turtles occur in Tanzania’s waters. The largest fish in the world – the gentle, human-friendly whale shark – feeds just south of the Island.
WHALE SHARK CITIZEN SCIENCE PROGRAMME
Community empowerment is part of Thanda Tanzania’s DNA. We are as engaged with the Tanzanian people as we are with the Zulu people in the communities neighbouring our other property, Thanda Safari, in Northern Zululand, South Africa. The Thanda Island team participates in a range of social, educational and economic upliftment programmes, as well as sporting activities on Mafia Island, including the much-loved game of football, to contribute to a brighter future for its young people.
Our community engagement.
The Thanda Island team participates in a range of social upliftment programs on Mafia Island, which has approximately 60 000 people. The closest community village on Mafia Island is Ras Mbisi, eight nautical miles from Thanda Island. We are committed to the education of young people concerning sustainable resource utilization and fish harvesting, and education in marine conservation and the development of healthy sporting activities, such as football.
STAR FOR LIFE
The Star for Life programme seeks to empower young people with the attitudes and emotional skills they need to focus on their school education and to make wise choices outside of school in order to stay healthy, positive and make positive contributions to their families and communities. This programme, founded by the Olofsson Family in South Africa in 2005, has supported over 500,000 school learners over the years to reach for their dreams and live healthy lives. It has since expanded to Tanzania where the Star for Life programme is being taught on Mafia Island in 6 primary schools and 2 secondary schools.
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