The first successful project to bring fresh water into the villages was completed in 2003, giving the locals several wells with hand pumps.
In September 2004 a village fund was set up to build a primary school in Wambaa. The only previous school was at the eastern side of the peninsular, and too far for most of the children to walk. Within 12 months, a total of US$15,000 was raised from donations given by guests visiting the hotel. The management arranged with the village to build a 4 classroom primary school. Thus Kungule shule ya msingi was built in 2005 and opened in January 2006.
The Fundu School – extension class rooms are being built at the moment. To move into secondary education, they are in need of more class rooms, tables & chairs ...And of course qualified teachers.
Project ‘mboga mboga’
Fundu Lagoon buys as many local products as possible, from farmers and fishermen and craft workers in the Wambaa area. Many vegetables however have to be bought from Tanga on the mainland, by Jihazi dhow, as there are no local suppliers. A co-operative was encouraged by Fundu Lagoon in the nearby villages to provide the hotel with the necessary vegetables. Two acres of hotel land was set aside, seeds provided, a well built and advice taken from the ministry of agriculture, and the shamba for vegetables, or mboga mboga, was started. Much experimenting later and there has been some great successes and some failures, but Fundu Lagoon is persevering with the project. They hope that in near future they will be able to buy all their vegetables from the Fundu farm. Our plot is now it thriving with 12 kinds of vegetables & herbs.
Project "Mboga Mboga" has in 2011 become the "Four Brothers' Spice Farm". They supply the farmers with all the seeds and equipment they require and then buy the organic vegetables for use in Fundu's kitchens.
Operation Village Kids
There are a number of children in the village who have congenital malformations of one type or another, also a few eye and teeth problems. This sort of specialist treatment is not available in Pemba. Fundu Lagoon has put aside a Fund to help these children.
An occupational therapist was brought over from Unguja to identify which children needed the most help, and the ‘operation village kids’ was born. A single child treatment varies between US$2000 to US$5000.
Two groups were identified, one who could be looked after at the Mnazi Moja hospital in Unguja, and four who needed to go to the CCBRT hospital in Dar Es Salaam. Many of these children had never been out of the Wambaa area before. In March 2006 the first four little boys with eye, teeth and bone problems are sent to Unguja, accompanied by their fathers. They returned treated in two or three weeks. In April 2006, four more children suffering from club feet and rickets on their way to Dar Es Salaam, accompanied by their parents. They were in hospital for 6 weeks.