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Tarangire
Serengeti
Greater Mara
Rubondo Island
Ruaha
Zanzibar

RUBONDO ISLAND

RUBONDO ISLAND

Rubondo Island is Africa’s largest island national park. Located in the southwest corner of Lake Victoria in Tanzania, the islands spans 25,000-hectares. Widely recognized as a critical breeding ground for both migratory birds and fish species (including the iconic Nile perch), Rubondo Island was a forest reserve during German colonial times. In 1965 it became a game reserve and in 1977 gained its current formal protection as a national park . Relatively untouched, the island is primarily covered by pristine indigenous sub-tropical forest, which offers a variety of habitats that enable a range of wildlife to survive and thrive. Today, the island is home to roaming elephants, families of chimpanzees, spotted necked otters, genet cats, velvet monkeys, Nile crocodiles, giraffes, hippos, a variety of migratory birds and more. Unfortunately, pressures on the island are mounting, leaving the future of the ecosystem and wildlife that depend on it vulnerable. Poaching and deforestation by neighboring communities has risen, due to a lack of economic opportunities in the area, fragmented governance and limited awareness. Improving prospects and countering these trends is critical and demands immediate action through an integrated effort. We invite you to donate today to help ensure the future of Rubondo Island.


Asilia Giving - Projects IN RUBONDO ISLAND

Join us in supporting projects that are making a real and measurable difference on the ground in Africa.
KATEMWA B PRIMARY SCHOOL

Located within the Muganza Village, the Katemwa B Primary School is responsible for educating some 1300 students (655 boys and 645 girls). The 17 teachers on staff at the school are dedicated to providing the best education possible to their students, but insufficient infrastructure, resources, classroom supplies (such as desks, textbooks, pens and pencils) remain an ongoing challenge. Asilia collaborates with the Kamitei Foundation to offer concrete educational support to the Katemwa B Primary School through a combination of in-kind support (books, teaching aids, desks) and individual support in the form of scholarships for students.

KISABA PRIMARY SCHOOL

Located on Maisome Island within the Kisaba Village, the Kisaba Primary School is responsible for educating some 1500 students (900 boys and 600 girls). The 9 fully employed teachers at the school seek to provide the best education possible to their students, but insufficient infrastructure, resources, classroom supplies (such as desks, textbooks, pens and pencils) are lacking. Asilia collaborates with the Kamitei Foundation to offer concrete educational support to the Kisaba Primary school. Offering a combination of in-kind support (books, teaching aids, desks) and individual support in the form of scholarships for students.


OTHER AREAS WE SUPPORT

Working to improve livelihoods and protect nature in some of the most unique corners of Africa. Learn more and support the areas that touch you.
TARANGIRE

Tarangire National Park spans 2,850 square kilometers (1,093 square miles) across northern Tanzania below the Rift Valley escarpment. Famous for its giant Baobab trees and vast herds of elephants, Tarangire National Park offers a variety of unspoiled landscapes, which are home to a variety of wildlife. The Tarangire River runs through the park and acts as a permanent water source that attracts game from surrounding areas and causes the park to feature one of the highest densities of wildlife per square kilometer during the dry season. Unfortunately, growing livestock populations together with unregulated agricultural expansion are increasingly encroaching into the Tarangire ecosystem. Unchecked, these pressures leave the future of this dry season wildlife refuge and the greater ecosystem of Tarangire unknown. With your help, it is possible to improve the prospects for the ecosystem and the communities living within it.

SERENGETI

The Serengeti National Park spans an area of 12,950 sq km in Tanzania. It is located between the shores of Lake Victoria in the west, Lake Eyasi in the south and the Great Rift Valley to the east. The Serengeti is arguably the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, making up one of the oldest, most complex ecosystems on earth. With more than 2 million Wildebeest and 250,000 zebra, the area is home to the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa and supports more than 30 species of large herbivores and some 500 species of birds. Unfortunately, increasing pressures threaten this iconic ecosystem and the local communities do not benefit sufficiently from it, often living in great poverty despite the substantial numbers of tourists visiting the Serengeti. With your help, we can offer needed support that will enable improved governance of the area and increased benefits for the neighbouring local communities. With your help, we can offer needed support that will enable improved governance and increased viable opportunities for local communities that will secure the future of this invaluable area.

GREATER MARA

The Greater Mara is located in the southwest corner of Kenya, bordering Tanzania. A natural extension of the Serengeti plains, the ecosystem spans the Maasai Mara National Reserve and adjoining Community Conservancies, which include Mara Naboisho, Mara North, Olare Orok, Lemek, and Ol Chorro Conservancies. The area hosts a huge concentration of wildlife including cheetahs, leopards, lions, giraffes, and hippos, but the Greater Mara is most famous for the Great Migration, which happens annually and showcases the migration of over 2,000,000 wildebeest, 500,000 Thomson’s gazelles, and 250,000 zebras across the ecosystem in search of fresh pastures. Unfortunately, this well-known ecosystem, rich in wildlife and cultural importance, is under increasing threat. Uncontrolled cattle grazing, human development and tourism development has led to a disruption to wildlife migration routes and declining wildlife numbers, as well as unsustainable livelihoods of local communities. With your help, it is possible to invest in the region and secure its future by supporting projects and initiatives making a needed difference. We invite you to donate here to help ensure the future of The Greater Mara.

ZANZIBAR

Located about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, Zanzibar is an archipelago that sits in the Indian Ocean. Spanning 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, Zanzibar is known for its sandy beaches and fringing coral reefs, but the island of Zanzibar also offers a window into a melting pot of cultures and influences with its rich and colorful history that dates back to the 1500s. Today, Zanzibar represents a great challenge to conservation with its high and rapidly growing human population, tourism development and fragile wildlife and marine environment. Various initiatives are much needed to ensure a more sustainable future for the island, its local people and nature. We invite you to make a donation to help support the ongoing work to ensure a positive future for this unique island.

RUAHA

Located in the middle of Tanzania, Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in Tanzania. The park covers 20,000 square kilometers and is part of a much more extensive ecosystem — the greater Rungwa-Kizigo- Muhesi ecosystem, which covers more than 45,000 square kilometers. Ruaha National Park has a high diversity of plants and animals including a large population of big cats, elephants, buffalos, antelopes and various endangered species, and is considered one of the biodiversity hotspots in the world. And yet the park is under-managed and under various threats. Your support will make a difference in creating better prospects for this important park and its neighboring communities. Your support will make a difference in creating better prospects for this important park and its neighbouring communities.

REGIONAL AREAS OF SUPPORT

We take an area approach towards improving livelihoods and protecting nature in some of the most unique corners of Africa. The areas we support include 6 uniique geographic regions across East Africa — the Greater Mara, the Serengeti, Tarangire, Rubondo Island, Matemwe, and Ruaha. In each of these areas, we engage with local communities, authorities and partner organizations to support projects and initiatives that address some of the key long-term challenges, priorities and measures for a given area.


 

ASILIA'S AREA COMMITMENT

Asilia believes that tourism should make a lasting positive impact on both nature and people. Proviging area support to local communities and the environment is an integral part of Asilia's identity and vision. Asilia maintains multi-year relationships with local communities, provides concrete educational support to 16 primary schools and offers funding to carnivore conservation and research throughout East Africa. Collaborating with partners on the ground, Asilia's goal is to make a real difference.