Yesterday, 5 days after cyclone Kenneth struck, I managed to speak to Quissirua, the General Manager and heart & soul of Guludo Beach Lodge. The elation of finally hearing his voice soon turned to utter horror as...
Guludo is a world renown eco-lodge in Northern Mozambique which continues to have a phenomenal impact on it's local communities. Guludo has won a plethora of international awards for it’s green design and successful approach to responsible tourism (currently supporting 24,000 people) since it opened in 2005. The product reflects this ethos providing beautiful, yet rustic, facilities alongside 4 to 5 star service. Activities include scuba diving on pristine reefs, visiting the tropical Quirimbas islands, whale watching, going to the elephant lookout and various cultural activities.
In 2006, Amy founded Nema which works with 16 communities (24,000 people) to relieve poverty in the Guludo area, Mozambique. In 2002 there was no access to safe water, life expectancy was 38 years, infant mortality was 1 in 3 and few children went to school due to poor food security.
Forward to 2016... Nema provides 1,000 school meals a day, awarded over 200 secondary school scholarships, provided access to safe water for 20,000 people, built 4 schools and 1 clinic, operate two ambulances and has extensive HIV, Nutrition, Malaria and Hygiene and Sanitation projects. Nema supports vulnerable members of the community through several associations, including 2 bakeries, 2 soap-making co-ops and several craft groups.
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