There is still much to achieve. The island currently has a population of approximately 900 people, of whom 70 percent are under the age of 18 yrs. Of the approx 300 adults, only 60 odd are regular wage earners. Other income earning activities include boat building, commercial fishing, trade in citrus, coconuts and sea products, whale shark tourism and the sale of crafts. Many families still subsist on fishing, harvesting of natural resources and farming. Secondary schooling involves sending children away to Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar , which remains beyond the reach of almost every household on the island.

Reducing dependence on the diminishing natural resources is fundamentally important for the future of the people of Chole and for the conservation of the Marine Park and therefore it is in our own interests, no matter where we may reside . The scholarship fund for secondary and tertiary education is vital to the future prospects of the island, allowing the children of Chole to compete for education in mainland Tanzania, usually the preserve of the better off and salaried households. Would you like to help?

With a standing order mandate for as little as 5 pounds or 10 dollars a month, you can sponsor the secondary education of a Chole child, thereby providing her or him with hope of a future. We have finally set up an independent charity in the U.K. to make it easier for you to help. If you have any questions or if you would prefer to make a single lump sum donation or help in any way please contact us at: anne.k.dev@gmail.com

The Chole Mjini CDC and village committees remain immensely grateful to the many guests and institutional donors who have contributed so much over the years and remain committed to supporting and growing the village projects that will enable the children of Chole to protect and cherish their future.