Giving something back
A short fifteen minute walk from the hotel is Nungwi, our neighbouring village, with a population of more than 10,000 people. The villagers predominantly live off fishing and some agricultural and small scale production activities, mainly arts and crafts. Additionally, the majority of our staff were born and raised in Nungwi village and several have worked for the hotel since it opened.
Labayka Development FundAs part of our commitment to the local community, we were the driving force behind the establishment of the Labayka ("The Voice") Development Fund (LDF), a local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). LDF aims to support and steer sustainable socio-economic development, promote good health & hygiene practices, support education and training initiatives, and offer family counselling for the general population and families in Nungwi village. Furthermore, LDF aims to protect and preserve the natural environment at Nungwi, as well as its cultural and historical assets.
LDF is managed by an Executive Committee of 10 volunteers, all of whom live and work in Nungwi village. Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel is one of the main sponsors of LDF and has additionally assisted the NGO in several specific projects since its inception.
In particular, LDF is currently involved in the organised removal of refuse from the village to improve health and hygiene levels in a scheme that has created permanent jobs and improved living conditions for many. The fund has also made annual educational packages available to a number of students in Nungwi village, in order to allow them to attend Secondary School. The packages include books, school bags, shoes, school uniforms and other useful and essential items.
We actively assist the Nungwi nursery school by paying the salaries of a number of teachers and through the provision of drinking water using the hotel’s water tanker.
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you'll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our projects.
In addition to the large number of Nungwi villagers we employ at Ras Nungwi, we also give preference to local traders and suppliers of fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, thereby creating further economic benefits to our local village.
Ras Nungwi was instrumental in lobbying the Zanzibar government to establish the Mnemba Island Marine Conservation Area, and the project has proved a resounding success. A permanent patrol is in place to discourage destructive fishing methods and oversee activities, funded by the fees levied from the divers and snorkelers who visit the atoll. The hotel also organises an annual cleanup day on one of the village's main beaches.