Community Project – Gibaso Village

Gibaso Village, Tanzania

Mar 11 2011 Written by:Rob Barbour

Bill and Vonnie Wavish came on an Epic Safari which I guided to the Ngorongoro Crater, the northern Serengeti and the Maasai Mara in August of 2010. They came with a group of friends to celebrate Vonnie’s 50th Birthday.  Whilst at Serengeti Mara Camp in the Lamai Wedge (in the far north Serengeti) Raymond Teekishe – Conservation and Community Development Manager for AfrikaAfrika – and I gave a presentation on the efforts that AfrikaAfrika and Epic were doing in terms of conservation and community development.  As a result of this discussion Vonnie and Bill made an on the spot commitment to fund the building of a teacher’s house in Gibaso Village.  This project was high on the development agenda of the Gibaso Village Government.  The house will be in honour of Vonnie’s mother and so will be known as the Colleen Bayliss School Teacher’s House.

A building plan was acquired with the help of Tanzanian National Parks and the project commenced in January 2011, ably managed by Raymond Teekishe himself.  Ray has been very conscious to ensure all the contracts are allocated to local village members whilst building.

We expect the project to be completed some time in late March or early April.

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