community development

our mission

Kasanka Trust is aiming at:

  • the Establishment of Community Forest Management Areas around Kasanka National Park in response to encroachment
  • developing and supporting livelihoods in partnership with COMACO, our partner and local market supplier​
  • Conservation agriculture

Agriculture is the biggest livelihood around Kasanka and the most important source of income for most communities. We and our partner COMACO need to boost the number of bee-hives for bee keepers, and the number of farmers we are providing training and inputs to. Most importantly, we need to ensure a reliable and fair market for people around the park to sell their goods (seeds, groundnuts, honey and rice).

We also support the Kafinda GMA farmers with Human/Elephant conflict mitigation trainings, a joined effort with the Frankfurt Zoolical Society where farmers learn different strategies for deterring elephants from cash crop fields, in particular learning how to utilize ‘chili guns’. The mixture of chili powder and oil scares off elephants due to it’s strong smell and allows farmers to protect their fields in a safe and responsible manner. Such trainings give us hope that communities and wildlife can grow and evolve side by side through increased knowledge and technical training.

The Kasamba Women’s Group is made up of 26 hard working mothers. The goal is to support families through skills empowerment and sustainable business. Located across the road from Kasanka Park entrance, Kasamba Women’s Group regularly comes together to hand-make the one-of-a kind crafts found at Wasa Lodge. Through profits generated from Kasamba products, women participating in the group are able to supplement existing gaps in household income. When such gaps are filled and households stabilized, families are less likely to partake in risky activities such as charcoal burning, poaching, and illegal fishing. 

To diversify income in the area we also envision a workshop which will be open to visitors, at the park gate. Visitors and guests will be able to buy directly from the craftspeople themselves, ask questions and photograph the creative process.  

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” 

Helen Keller

what is needed

*needs based on the 2020 budget and according to gaps in donor funding already secured – Updated in March 2020

Honey processing plant in Serenje

Agriculture inputs for small scale farmers

Community Outreach Managers salary (2021)

Dedicated community outreach vehicle