The majority of the population in rural Southern Zambia has to rely on subsistence farming as employment is rare and opportunities are limited. As an independent lodge, Waterberry has become a major employer and trusted partner for the local community.
In 2009 Waterberry founded Tukongote Community Projects to improve educational opportunities in the nearby villages. From humble, single-classroom beginnings we have developed into a first world standard community school, with 3 preschools, a primary school, an adult teaching centre, library and burgeoning skills centre.
We support the nearby secondary school and (with the help of sponsors) send our best and brightest children to Kazungula High School, to pursue their dreams of higher education and an uplifted future.
You can experience everyday rural Zambian life and see Tukongote projects in action if you join our village walk. It is a fascinating insight. We employ more than 40 teachers and support staff. More information can be found here.
In 2019 Waterberry Community Projects Limited, supporting Tukongote, became a Registered Charity in the UK. Guests often ask how they can support our work. All donations go directly to the projects, and if you want to fill that empty space in your luggage, please click on our wish list to find out about our much needed resources.
Our Community Shop at the lodge stocks items made locally and by supporter volunteers. 100% of sales go directly to Tukongote.
During the pandemic, with the help of donors and sponsors, we have created a community farming cooperative to provide extra food and income.
To find out more about our community projects go to www.waterberrycommunityprojects.com.
(Note – this site is under development and scheduled
to go live by the end of May 2021)