The Tongole Foundation

Making a positive impact...

Tongole Wilderness Lodge is dedicated to benefiting the local community and protecting the natural habitat through sustainable tourism.

The Tongole Foundation

Many people in the Nkhotakota district of Malawi, live in extreme poverty; The Tongole Foundation was set up to meet the social, economic and environmental needs of the some of the most vulnerable communities within the region through education, training and employment, whilst encouraging support for the protection of the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve.

It is widely known that if a vulnerable and rare natural habitat has any chance of being adequately protected, it’s crucial that the local community must be fully involved and find it beneficial to support the cause.

The foundation focuses on two core objectives:

  • To create a sustainable business (Tongole Wilderness Lodge), creating desperately rare employment and training opportunities in a deprived part of Malawi.
  • To found a children’s education charity that provides support to local schools.

Sustainable business
The Wilderness Lodge took over two years to build, creating over 100 jobs for local tradesmen during that time. Once the lodge was complete, over 30 people from the local community were employed on a full-time basis. Typically for every employed person, twenty people are directly affected!

Children’s charity
The Tongole Foundation initially supports three local schools (with long-term aims to include more). Currently the foundation is working with The Mwalawatongole F.P. School, Wozi J.P. School and Chankhokwe F.P. School and using the funds provided by the foundation, work has included vital storm-damage repairs to classrooms and school buildings, mending the school roof and installation of toilet blocks.

Through employment and the education, The Tongole Foundation actively works to reduce the poaching rate in the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, promoting the conservation of endangered species and there are currently discussions underway to reintroduce a few species of wildlife back into the region.

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The Charity was registered in December 2010, Registered Charity Number: 1139568