Mantis Impact – Community Projects
SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITIES AND PROTECTING THE PLANET
Travel with purpose
Mantis promises luxury hospitality, but never at the expense of our planet. We promote adventures that have been carefully crafted, without harming the natural world. Our conservation team runs pioneering conservation projects. We upskill and employ local community members, support community projects that drive upliftment, and promote indigenous designers, artists and other local talent. Guests enjoy a taste of sustainability through our ecofriendly amenities and experiential dining offerings. Our guests make a positive difference through our impact experiences. To travel with Mantis is to travel with purpose.
Our Impact Projects
We are guided by our 3 passions: Conservation, Sustainability and Celebrating Locality.
Respect for the historic heritage, authentic culture, traditions, and distinctiveness of local communities. Engagement with leaders in local communities to obtain their input and approval for activities in their communities. Support for local businesses. Strong and authentic commitment to empowering the local communities in a way that maintains dignity and avoids, reduces and eliminates dependency. Responsible exit strategies from community projects.
Water for Communities – Namibia
This project coordinated by the Mantis Zambezi Queen Collection provides safe and convenient access to water and assists communities in their efforts to grow crops for subsistence farming (with a focus on fish and corn), to feed their families and create a future living that extends further than the grant system. After the successful completion of the first borehole in November 2020 in the Maliyazwa Village, we aim to provide further communities with much-needed boreholes. The additional boreholes will be piped to various strategically positioned outlets to allow for even distribution within the community, serving at least 400 people.
Sanitary towels and sex education – Namibia
Remote rural villages like those on the Caprivi Strip of Namibia have unique challenges and the challenge of girls not attending school during their period due to lack of access to sanitary wear was raised with our Mantis Zambezi Queen team. We workshopped this challenge before commissioning our Kylemore Sewing Project to produce reusable, washable sanitary towels. These will be delivered to the schoolgirls during a sex education workshop hosted by Mantis and our foundation. For the future, we plan to host regular workshops with sanitary towel donations.
Namibian conservancy sports league – Namibia
Our Mantis Zambezi Queen Collection is situated near three local community conservancies which take turns to host sports league soccer and netball tournaments at their local school fields. The teams form a melting pot of older school children, police officers, teachers and members of the community in general, attracting their friends, family and neighbours to games, making these sports days integral to community cohesion, including relationships with the nearby lodges. Our lodge management help introduce good hosting skills in each area like ensuring home grounds are clean and presentable, which goes hand in hand with environmental conservation. We have also donated sports uniforms to the sports teams.
Meals for school children – Rwanda
Our Mantis Epic Hotel and Suites is a 15-minute walk from the nearest local school and the hotel has committed to providing a nutritious meal for 600 pupils once a month. The hotel chose to assist this school since it is government assisted. The hotels kitchen and food and beverage trainees help prepare, deliver and serve the meals. There is currently a kitchen being built on the school’s premises and we plan to assist in raising funds towards the completion. The long-term aim is for the school to become self-sufficient in providing meals for the pupils.
Staff literacy program – South Africa
Our Mantis No5 Boutique Art Hotel runs a literacy program for its staff. Pre-loved books and infographic materials donated to the program have now been made accessible to all staff members. A designated staff learning area has been created in the back oh house, and staff are encouraged to partake in self-paced learning. In addition, the team has created an on-site break-away garden for all staff to enjoy during their lunch breaks.
Primary school support – Arusha
In the Serengeti of Tanzania our Siringit by Mantis properties support the Baraa Primary School, a government school in Arusha. When this collaboration started in 2009, the priorities were to improve the overall infrastructure and the construct new classrooms, sanitary blocks, a library, and a computer room. In addition, the children were provided with books, stationery and other supplies to create better learning conditions. Our future focus is the quality of education and to improve the teaching methods and the overall academic performance of the children.
Transport for school children – Botswana
Our lodge in the Kalahari of Botswana, Feline Fields by Mantis provides transport for the students a local school. Before this initiative, some children had to walk 10 km to school every day. The provision of school transport is safer for the children and has resulted in better school attendance, improved concentration in the classroom as they’re not exhausted on arrival at school.
Computers and uniforms for school children – Botswana
In the heart of the Kalahari, our lodge Feline Fields by Mantis provides ongoing support to the local village school. The lodge donated two computers in 2013 and each year since the lodge donates uniforms for two children attending the school.
Cultural preservation for school children – Botswana
A local school in Botswana set up a ‘Cultural House’ with the aim of passing on traditional knowledge to young students in an effort to preserve the cultural heritage of the region. Our Kalahari lodge, Feline Fields by Mantis made a contribution that enabled the building to be completed. Pupils learn about traditional cultural practices so that they grow up taking these practices and knowledge into the future.
Wildlife talks for school children – Botswana
A Wildlife Talk series is implemented in five schools in the Kalahari region with the aim of creating awareness about conservation. This series is implemented by our lodge Feline Fields by Mantis. The lodge aims to highlight the importance of wildlife to young school pupils as ecotourism is a growing income generator for Botswana. The lodge plans to continue these interactive and educational talks into the future.