Responsible Travel

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL & TOURISM

Living in a small village outside of Arusha in Northern Tanzania and investing in tourism within these kinds of the destinations, we realised that we have to be responsible in different ways. We are surrounded by communities with so many daily needs. When we started Long Way Expeditions as a company, we started to look for different ideas or actions that we could take as a local tour company to support our people for the well-being of our communities.

LONGIDO SAFEHOUSE

It dedicated to serve the Maasai girls children from 0-18 years who have experienced various forms of abuse, such as neglect, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, victim of child trafficking and forcing early marriage. The Longido safe house is owned by Longido district council under the department of social welfare.

Longido Safe House is a dedicated facility designed to provide a secure and nurturing environment for abused children. It serves as a refuge for children who have experienced various forms of abuse, such as neglects, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.

The primary goal of a Longido Safe House is to ensure the safety and well-being of these children while they receive the necessary support, care, and resources to recover from their traumatic experiences.

Longido Safe Houses typically will offer a range of services to address the unique needs of each child. These services may include temporary shelter, counselling and therapy, educational support, medical assistance, and legal advocacy. The safe house aims to create a supportive environment where children can heal, build resilience, and regain their sense of self-worth.

In addition to providing immediate protection and care, Longido Safe Houses will work in collaboration with local agencies, such as child protective services, law enforcement, and medical professionals, to ensure a coordinated response to child abuse cases. They will also engage community volunteers, support groups, and advocacy organizations to enhance the resources available to the children and promote a holistic approach to their recovery.

Longido safehouse

REUSABLE SANITARY PADS (WASH)

While most Tanzanians face water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) issues, there are specific struggles for women surrounding feminine hygiene. Especially in rural communities, menstruation is often surrounded by silence, leading to a lack of education and resources. Millions of girls know very little about their bodies and what happens when they menstruate. There is also a severe lack of access to proper sanitary materials, and available resources are often costly. The lack of resources often forces girls to use many unsanitary options such as leaves, pieces of a mattress filling, or used cloth. According to a 2015 study by TAWASANET Menstruation Health Management, the majority of girl students – or about 62% – miss school due physical illness that results from menstruation. In most cases, these young women miss between 1-3 days of class.

When girls miss this much class every month, it compounds, and it is often very hard for them to catch up on their studies. Instead of trying to catch up, these girls often drop out instead, focusing on family duties. This prevents them from completing their secondary education, keeping them in the cycle of being homemakers, wives and mothers.

By supplying reusable pads, we are minimizing the chances of these girls missing school due to their periods and maximizing their chances of finishing secondary school and moving into either college or a career of their choice.

Longido safehouse

MOBILE LIBRARY

One of the largest challenges throughout Tanzania is literacy. In hopes that all children will learn to read, we will be running a mobile library with books in the languages of Kiswahili and English. Hisani Foundation Staff will bring books to schools around the region and students will be able to check out one book once a week. The next week, when they are finished, they will be able to return that book to the mobile library and check out a new book. Hisani Foundation is always looking for book donations and would be grateful for any contribution.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES & INTERNSHIPS

Hisani Foundation is always looking for volunteers. Our current projects will depend on a wide variety of skill sets and abilities. To get involved please contact us and we will facilitate an introduction.

Hisani foundation