As part of the unique architectural design which reflects the context of its surroundings, Kyambura Gorge Lodge bandas are roofed using a combination of grass, papyrus and rusty corrugated iron. The roof exchange programme enabled us to source corrugated iron sheets for the unique banda roof design and to help some local families who have been affected by HIV. Through the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust we have replaced the old rusty corrugated iron sheet roofs of a number local family homes with new corrugated iron. The first was completed earlier this month and went to a hard working family headed by a young single mother of six children. Since then two more houses have been reroofed, one belonging to an HIV positive widower who lives with his brother and one of his two remaining children; tragically his 6 other children died of HIV. It is hoped that his new roof will ensure he has a warm and dry place to sleep at night helping him to stay healthy. The 3rd family to receive a new roof so far is an elderly woman who is raising one of her orphaned grand children – her husband, children and the other grand children have all died. She is also part of the Kyambura Women’s Coffee Cooperative and survives by selling the coffee from her small plantation.
Guests at Volcanoes Kyambura Gorge Lodge can visit a number of community projects in the area set up by the Trust as part of their stay at the lodge.