Zanzibar - Giving something back


Giving something back

Shopping in some of the fair-trade shops, booking through an ethical tour operator and donating money to lodge-sponsored community projects are all ways in which visitors to Zanzibar are able to actively contribute to the social and environmental development of the island and its poorest communities.

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For those who would like to take that a step further, below are a few local NGOs on the island which seem to be doing excellent charity and development work, and very much need sustained support.

Hands Across Borders Society (HABS) 

HABS’ main priority is to provide complementary health & education services to communities in need within the developing world, including from its excellent base in Jambiani on Zanzibar Island.

Health Improvement Project: Zanzibar (HIPZ) 

HIPZ is an ambitious and successful health-care development scheme which aims to establish a unique public/private partnership with the Zanzibar government to improve health care in Zanzibar through fundraising and professional support.

SOS Children’s Village Zanzibar 

This charity offers 11 family houses that are now home to 110 orphaned and abandoned children, providing them with a safe place to live, a ‘mother’, love and care.

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