Elephants stole our mangos and humpback whales breeched behind tropical islands, fringed with pristine coral reefs.
The barman told legends of people turning into animals & how life was, before the lodge.
This was transformational tourism; everyone left the lodge changed.
"everything you need and nothing you don’t."
Guludo's beautiful design, from world renown architect Richard Nightingale, quickly won awards. High roofs, sea breezes, beach views, alfresco en-suite bathrooms with a stunning “loo with a view”; a joy to experience and a masterclass in how to create beautiful design that didn't cost the earth and showcase for local artisans.
Nine beachfront "bandas", a restaurant, bar and dive centre overlooked Guludo's breathtaking bay. Days were filled diving on pristine reefs, exploring remote islands, feasting on exquisite seafood and connecting with our local community.
While Guludo created economic opportunities, Nema work with 16 local communities to address poverty and sustainable livelihoods.
Before: 2% of children attended secondary school.
Construction of 5 Primary Schools
350 secondary scholarships
1,300 school meals a day in 5 schools
20 vocational scholarships
Before: No access to safe water or transport to health centres
2 ambulances for 40,000 people
42 water points for 21,000 people
1 community health post
Rehabilitation of 2 maternity wards and 1 clinic (post cyclone)
Before: Life expectancy 38 years.
Malaria workshops and nets for 11,000 mothers
9,000+ HIV household workshops
8,000+ Nutrition household workshops for mothers
11,000+ Hygiene and sanitation workshops
Youth Football & DRAMA HIV awareness for 12 communities
Support and development of cooperatives including; soap making (x2), Crafts (x6), Agriculture (x5), Bakery (x2), Tailoring (x12)
3,500 cashew trees planted
Data collection: humpback whales & key reef species (10yrs)
Support in the creation & protection of 2 marine sanctuaries
THE IMPACT GALLERY
April 25, 2019, a date etched in my memory. The day Cyclone Kenneth made landfall on our beach, the strongest cyclone to ever hit Africa. The eye of the storm tore through Guludo and all the communities we work with. In these few short minutes, that must have felt like a lifetime, 17 years of work was gone, razed to the ground.
The lodge, gone, the schools and clinics, gone, all our staff's homes, gone, everyone's livelihoods, gone...
The injustice that those who have contributed the least to the root cause of the climate crisis are the ones who have suffered the most, is what has driven us to look beyond the rubble. To create something greater.