---NEW-- 18th March 2017: VIMA hosted an Outreach Environmental event at Usevya Village, an event that brought together more than 500 youths from the seven schools reached by the project, and attracted more than 1000 community members. An event aimed for youth to educate other community members about environment conservation through different talents e.g. Ngoma dance, singing, Comedy, drama. etc...! visit our Facebook page for photo updates. This wouldn't be possible without the help of our supporters http://www.lcmo.or.tz/our-supporters/
January 2017: Jonathan and Hans attend a workshop for the IUCN integrated planning project in Sumbawanga.
December 2016: Hans awarded a Rufford small grant 5000GBP for VIMA project.
December 2016: Jonathan visits Inyonga to investigate expansion of WASIMA in partnership with ADAP.
November 2016: Successful Experiment.com campaign, raised $3000 for evaluation of WASIMA effectiveness in Mpimbwe.
October 2016: Jonathan was invited as the guest of Honor at Mbede secondary school.
September 2016: Hans awarded a Biodiversity Fellowship with Interdisciplinary Center for Conservation Science (ICCS) Team at Oxford University.
September 2016: Jonathan receives second bridge funds from UC Davis.
August 2016: Jonathan’s pilot visit to Uvinza-Kigoma and Kaliua-Tabora to explore possibilities for extension.
July 2016: Project Manager Jonathan receives bridge funds from UC Davis.
July 2016: Hans and Jonathan attend a strategy meeting with Tim and Monique in Arusha.
May 2016: WASIMA Project Manager invited to Katavi National Park General Management Plan review.
February 2016: LCMO registered to combine forces of WASIMA and VIMA, and expand operations.
January 2016: Jonathan and Hans attend Pathways Kenya 2016 training workshop scholarship.
October 2015: Jonathan invited to Tanzania National Environment Policy Review Workshop in Mbeya.
January 2015: Jonathan and Hans attend workshop for the IUCN integrated planning project in Sumbawanga.
May 2015: Jonathan extends WASIMA campaign to 20 villages with BCI funding.
May 2015: VIMA project received an additional fund from National Geographic for USD $5000. And VIMA Project Manager Hans Cosmas Ngoteya was awarded a National Geographic Young Explorer title.
December 2015: Successful Experiment.com campaign, raised USD $5000 for WASIMA car.
January 2015: We have received funding from TUSK TRUST for the VIMA project a total of USD $20,000.
January 2015: The UYEC project name changed to Vijana na Mazingira (VIMA).
November 2014: We have received funding from TUSK TRUST that will assist in running costs of Youth Center activities up to 30th September 2015.
October 2014: Welcome to Hans Cosmas Ngoteya – Project Manager for Usevya Youth and Education Center (UYEC).
May 2014 – April 2015: Project Manager Bwasama Silvester extended WASIMA campaign to 14 villages with BCI funding.
2014: Publication of Fitzherbert et al (2014). From Avengers to Hunters. Biological Conservation 174: 84-92, with support of WildCRU (Oxford).
August 2013: Raleigh Tanzania team visits Usevya for three weeks working on fuel efficient stoves.
August 2013: Welcome Wildlife Conservation Society, in support of the Mpimbwe Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
July 2013: In partnership with the Nomad Trust, Raleigh Tanzania are working on a rocket stove project, in Usevya near the Katavi National Park. Rocket stoves are a type of clean and efficient stove using wood burnt in a high-temperature combustion chamber built out of bricks and insulated with mud and ash. These stoves require less fuel, which means fewer trees are chopped down, and are safer for children to be around, compared to the old ‘three-stone’ stoves. Each stove costs about 2000 Tzs, just over $1, for 20 bricks and the family provide the cow dung, ash, water and sand. That is all that’s needed to build the stoves that positively impact a family's everyday life, as well as reduces deforestation.
June 2013 – March 2014: Project Manager Simone Beccaria expanded WASIMA campaign to 8 villages with BCI funding.
October 2012: Genda et al. published account of founding WASIMA in Kakuona.
2012: Project Manager Emily Fitzherbert initiated WASIMA campaign, developed training materials, and established park visits with BCI funding.
23 October 2012: The 22 Dell laptops, donated by California State University Fullerton, are currently undergoing setup for Windows XP. This is one step closer before the laptops depart from California and arrive to the new Usevya Youth Center in Mpimbwe.
9 July 2012: The Prime Minister’s Office generously agrees to sponsor the shipping costs to bring 22 Dell laptop computers to the new Usevya Youth Center in Mpimbwe.
5 June 2012: 22 Dell laptop computers have been donated through California State University, Fullerton’s Mpimbwe Project Philanthropic Foundation. The gift was arranged by CSU Fullerton’s Women and Gender Studies Program as part of their new “Sister Cities” project–a project that gives CSU Fullerton students the opportunity to learn about Tanzania and to support the Mpimbwe community in their efforts toward economic development. These generous donations will make it possible for the community to have its very first solar-powered computer lab, connecting Mpimbwe to the Internet and to the world.
25 May 2012: First use of the coaster, for an educational tour for village and Sungusungu leaders on 25 May, once the rains had subsided.
1 May 2012: The coaster for the Day in the Park project arrived in Mpimbwe.
2012: Collaborating with Usevya Development Society (UDESO) to Initiation and construction of Usevya Youth and Education Center (UYEC).
August 2011: Founding workshop attended by Regional, District, local and traditional community representatives.
2011: Peter Genda and Emily Fitzherbert found WASIMA campaign after Emily’s research with Omari Kwilasa showing strong resentment among Sukuma against lion dancers requesting rewards for lions hunted in the national park.