Sasa! My name is Madi, and I am a member of the Banjun tribe from Ngomeni in Kenya. I am pictured below, inbetween two American friends of mine - click the picture to enlarge it. Most of my time is spent between Ngomeni (just outside of Malindi) or in Mombasa. My tribe has started the Ngomeni Eco-tourism Community Development Project (NECDP); a community owned and operated eco-tourist project. As a founding member, I act as a guide to One Love Island and the surrounding area. One Love is a white sand beach that sits off the coastline of Ngomeni. Visitors are welcomed to the island paradise for a small fee, and receive fresh mango, seafood, and other local delights while camping under a secluded canopy. Proceeds from the eco-tourism directly benefit our community.
NECDP's eco-tourism proceeds are used for:
Much of the resort-based tourism in the surrounding Coast Province area brings few benefits to indigenous communities, which suffer from high unemployment, poor public health, and environmental degradation. Which is why the Ngromeni people started NECDP to bring some of the proceeds from the tourism industry to support our community.
We have built on community governance structures that encourage sustainable activities in the area, while linking human and economic development with environmental conservation. The funds from the ecotourism support community projects have gone toward the clean-up of beach areas, supplementing teachers in local primary schools, and community groups including youth sports teams and women’s craft organizations.
For more information on an "One Love Island" get-away on the Kenyan coast please contact me - Mohamed Madi Masuo - one love!!