Ndzou Camp will always be special for Micaia. It was the first social investment undertaken by Micaia - opening in 2011. As a business that is majority-owned (60%) by the community, Ndzou broke new ground in Mozambique, and is still one of very few examples of genuine community ownership in the tourism sector. The Camp has brought benefits to the Mpunga community, not only through the fees that are paid to the community association by all visitors, but also through the opportunities it has created for local people to have jobs and learn new skills. And the Camp has really helped protect the surrounding forest and all its wonderful biodiversity.
All businesses need investment if they are to grow. Ndzou Camp has struggled for years with its water system, relying solely on a natural spring, with water being pumped 180m by a solar pump. If the Camp is full, or if the weather is bad and the solar pump doesn't work, there is not enough water. It's hard to promote the business if the Camp cannot guarantee water. In 2019, Micaia and Mpunga leaders agreed to invest in a borehole, and the work was planned for 2020. Then, along came Covid. All money was used simply to cover wages. The business is picking up again now, but it will be a struggle for Ndzou Camp to save money for a borehole, especially because there are other needs such as new sheets and kitchen equipment.
So, Micaia has decided to launch this special appeal to raise money for the Ndzou Camp water system.Â