Saving Africa’s Nature (SANA) is a non-profit making company registered in Tanzania, in order to consolidate efforts for those who share similar values of love and respect for Nature. Since its inception in 2008, SANA program has transformed the lives of over 2000 people from Saadani National Park
Founded by Mr. Constantine Coucoulis (Philanthropist), SANA’s mission is to restore to the ecological balance of Gongo forest, which shelters the endangered Kikwati Wildlife Corridor, by reducing the impact of human activities. We envision a world where all nature’s creatures live together in harmony.
The overarching themes of SANA’s program focus at promoting the highest level of local community participation in the conservation and development of alternative income generation activities, that protect biodiversity and improve livelihoods. We believe that if local communities are empowered with skills and tools, they are the best stewards of their environment.
For a decade now, SANA has supported communities around Saadani with projects in sectors of Education, Health, Sustainable ways of Income Generation and Conservation of the Gongo forest. These projects have successfully solved the issues of desks and books for Saadani School, installed solar panels for the same school and students get daily morning porridge. In partnership with a different stakeholder, SANA has built a dispensary and classrooms with a solar power system at Gongo Village.
Together with the Kesho Trust, SANA has established the Kihembe environmental learning Centre adjacent to Saadani National Park that will offer space for communities and students to learn more about the environment. The Centre will also be used to conduct environmental researches and conferences. The key mission of the Centre is to help the local people understand the importance of sustaining the environment that supports them. SANA and The Kesho Trust are working in cooperation with the village of Mkange and the park management of Saadani National Park on the project.
In 2017, the National Primary Examination Results delivered that only 5 students (out of 35) from Gongo Primary were able to pass their class seven final examination. Despite the slight increase in the number of students to pass these exams, it was still a huge failure for Gongo Primary. Saddened by the results SANA visited the Primary school in order to understand the root cause of the problem and find a sustainable solution for helping students excel their exams.
After consultation with the School Committee and Village authority, SANA observed that shortage of teachers, lack of learning materials and poor health and sanitation, discourage students from learning in Gongo Primary school. Together with Village government and school administration, an action plan was designed which aimed at helping students learn.
Recognizing that students spend most of their time in school, Wheeling2Help supported SANA in the construction of toilets and Kitchen at Gongo Primary School enough to serve 450 students. This will help reduce students' exposure to the risk of getting diseases and have something to eat while at school, hence help them focus more on their studies and encourage attendance in school. The projects started in November 2018 and were constructed by volunteers from Greece. They are scheduled to finish in February 2019.
In 2018, Wheeling2Help, Coco-Mat Greece and Robo Specialists supported SANA efforts by providing books, school bags, learning and sports materials for students at Gongo Primary. This will improve the education level at Gongo Primary school since students now have textbooks for further reference, school bags, other learning and sports materials that will help them get a better understanding of cross-cutting things.
A cup of Uji is a project initiated by SANA in an effort for primary school students to get porridge at school. The project aim was to address SDG No. 2 which calls for Zero Hunger. At a young age, primary school students spend most of their time at school. While not all can afford to buy food or go back home during break session, the project aimed at reducing malnutrition by providing porridge to students at the school. SANA together with Saadani Safari Lodge helped build a kitchen at the school and later started providing porridge. This encouraged students’ attendance and concentration in class, hence making Saadani Primary School the best school in Mkange Ward.
In 2018 SANA continued supporting the school by covering the cook salary for the whole duration of the school session. In 2019 SANA plans to scale up the project at Gongo Primary School.
The WAKUZA Chicken Project at Gongo Village
Following extensive consultations with all its stakeholders, the WAKUZA chicken project was finally initiated. The project saw the formation of an association of 15 people who were previously engaged in Charcoal burning activities at Gongo village, the completion of the construction of a chicken house with the capacity of hosting 1000 chickens, the training of group members and the purchase of 500 Chicks (Kroiler).