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Ibo Island Community Projects

Cultural and Community Interaction

As the first tourism investor on Ibo Island and specialist tour operator to Mozambique, we believe that it is critical that local communities benefit from all tourism development. Ibo Island Lodge is the centre of numerous community schemes providing training, income and development opportunities. During the lodge build, we also built a community school which then grew into the Montessori English School. The school started out teaching English, hospitality and tourism training and was free of charge to anyone from the island. The Montessori school now teaches children in English and is also free of charge and the long term goal is to extend the training to identified adult learners, who can then become teachers, benefiting the larger part of Ibo’s children.

The silversmith project, just another Ibo Island Lodge initiative, provides income opportunities for the Ibo community. Traditional silversmiths on Ibo Island hand craft exquisite, intricate jewellery. The project aims to stimulate a more equitable distribution of the benefits and provide high quality raw materials to the silversmiths. The growth of jewellery production and the employment it provides is largely the work of Fiona and Kevin Record, the owners of Ibo Island Lodge.

As always a wonderful experience on Ibo. Birds were great too, lots of good waders on the low tide flats. Caught and ringed crab plover, whimbrel, Gtr Sand plover, Culew Sandpiper, Teak Sandpiper & Common Sandpiper. Lodge staff are always SO helpful with everything and accommodating. Great food! Malcolm Wilson.

A marvelous project. What has been made here at Ibo Island lodge is exceptional. We just beginning to understand the projects and how audacious it is. We looking forward to sending friends here and hearing about the progress you make. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly. We felt that we were really at home. Thank-You to you all!

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