Project Luangwa: Helping the local people

Project Luangwa is a charitable organisation formed by several safari operators of South Luangwa which aims to "create an effective, coordinated approach to helping local communities improve their long term economic prospects whilst avoiding a negative impact on the environment and wildlife".

Their main goal is to improve education in local schools and create training opportunities so that families can benefit from a lasting and sustainable income. They have several projects going, which aim to improve various sectors such as:


- To increase the number of children attending school, increase the number of classrooms available, 

- To improve the educational facilities in the Luangwa Valley, 

- To assist vulnerable children to attend school by increasing pupil sponsorship and help more gifted children fulfil their potential by gaining a tertiary education.

Vocational Training And Self-Help: 

- To build and develop a Vocational training Center to train local people in vocational trades

- To train people in the skills required to fulfil the needs of local employers, 

- To enable people to develop the skills required to start and sustain their own business,

Small Business Development:

- To assist the local people to develop their own business, provide ongoing support to establish businesses, 

- To encourage women in establishing an income to support their families.

Community Support:

- To assist in the development of community infrastructure,

- To assist in the provision of clean water.


- To encourage the use of alternative technology, particularly methods that reduce the use of firewood,

- To work closely with existing conservation charities and organisations, particularly in the field of education.

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Project Luangwa was started by Jo Pope and is managed at grass roots level by Karen Beattie and Dave Hopson. Project Luangwa is registered with the UK Charities Commission, Reg. № 1119335, and as a Charitable Trust in Zambia, Reg. № CI 1027.  It is also registered in the USA as a non-profit charity № 501(C)3 trading under the name of Kawaza School Fund.

Picture: Project Luangwa