Kuti Project: The people
This beautiful reserve is as important for the local communities as it is for the wildlife that lives here and by working together we can conserve Kuti for this and future generations to enjoy. This includes inspiring people to live in harmony with nature and promoting sustainable livelihoods.There are 11 villages surrounding Kuti Ranch, housing a total of around 30,000 people who are all stakeholders in the park.
We want as many children to visit Kuti as possible so they can see the benefits of conservation for themselves. So schools from all over the country are welcome to visit Kuti at a discounted rate.
We’re also introducing a new environmental education programme in partnership with Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. The modules have been developed with the help of the Department of Education in line with the national curriculum and will be delivered to schools and orphanages in the surrounding areas.
Malawi has the 5th highest rate of deforestation in the world, which is having a devastating impact on habitats shared by people and wildlife. So we’re focusing on projects that actively engage community groups to encourage environmental restoration as well as sustainable livelihoods.
Working together with local schools we’re planting trees both in Kuti and out in the communities. We’re also promoting fuel efficient cooking stoves and will be starting fuel briquette groups shortly to help reduce the use of firewood and encourage more sustainable use of resources.
We are also committed to help with the maintenance of the boreholes in the surrounding areas so that villagers have access to clean drinking water.
Whilst we’ll be focusing on the above projects over the next year there are also many others that we have identified through our work with the chiefs that we would love to help out with - from building kitchens at orphanages or classrooms to setting up market gardens at the schools. So if you are interested in sponsoring any of our projects, volunteering here as an individual on any of our wildlife, education or community projects, or have a big group interested in volunteering then please do get in touch.