The Hide Community Trust

We recognise that the need for more conservation and community development programmes to be embedded within the tourism industry, now more than ever, is crucial. Local rural communities are in need of support, not charity, but to be given the chance to be empowered and alleviated from the difficulties that they are faced with.  To this end, we have formed the The Hide Community Trust – a non-profit organisation, committed to conservation and sustainable community development.

communitytrustlogo-thehide-hwangeThe Hide Community Trust is a non-profit organisation that was established in 2015 by The Hide Safari Camp. The aim of The Hide Community Trust is to support rural communities who live amongst wildlife on the borders of Hwange National Park to ensure the long-term conservation of the natural resource base while facilitating sustainable community development.

The fractured state of the Zimbabwean economy has had detrimental effects on these rural communities and as a result, the natural resource base has suffered. People living in rural communities are not able to meet their basic human needs and women, in particular, have been completely disempowered in their efforts to feed, support and educate their children.

The core ethos of the Trust is that effective and long-term conservation cannot exist without sustainable community development. We believe in primarily working with women because they have a real need to provide for their families however most often it is the women who are uneducated and unemployed. Due to the AIDS epidemic that Zimbabwe faces many women are left widowed with increased expectations to provide for their families. Zimbabwe has a very high unemployment rate and even if educated, they still often struggle to find jobs.

The Hide Community Trust truly believes that conservation and community not only can but must work for hand in hand and it is this belief that has driven great efforts over the past few years. The trust aims to help empower women, their children and ultimately the community at large. With groups of women and men working together, we are building a model of regenerative sustainability that we hope can be replicated countrywide.

Our Initiatives

Tree Nursery 3The Hide Community Trust
April 22, 2020

Indigenous Tree Nursery

We have established an indigenous tree nursery at the camp which is currently holding over 1000 trees. The nursery is used to supply us with indigenous trees for our reforestation projects both in the communal areas and on our private concession. In the next few years, we are aiming to…
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April 22, 2020

Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation

The human-elephant and human-predator conflict poses major threats to both humans and wildlife and is especially prevalent for the communities who live along the borders of the Hwange National Park. Crop raiding by elephants can cause significant property damage, affect household food security and economic well-being and result in death…
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April 22, 2020

Health care

Period poverty is one of the major challenges faced by girls in rural communities that we support. The inability to access female hygiene products is particularly enhanced as they often come from resource-poor households where menstruation is still considered a taboo. This has resulted in girls who are left unprepared…
Sports EmpowermentThe Hide Community Trust
April 22, 2020

Empowering Women and Girls through Sport

Sports has the potential to empower women in developing countries and bring about significant social, economic and environmental change particularly in areas with severe poverty and gender inequality. The Hide Community Trust supports the Young Sables Soccer Academy which is a community soccer club promoting female participation in the community…
EducationThe Hide Community Trust
April 22, 2020

Education

The Hide Community Trust has formed a strong partnership with Chezhou Primary School which is located in the rural areas on the border of Hwange National Park and educates children ages 4 to 14. The socio-economic situation is creating severe educational challenges as the majority of the children cannot afford…
Social CommunityThe Hide Community Trust
April 22, 2020

Development of Social Enterprises

The Hide Community Trust supports a variety of community groups who practise sustainable living by providing them with weekly workshops to teach them business, personal development, craft and sewing skills. Investment in human capital development is vital for improving income generation and empowerment of people living in rural communities. We…
Conservation Agri 1The Hide Community Trust
April 22, 2020

Conservation Agriculture

The Hide Community Trust has trained community members in Conservation Agriculture in order to generate higher crop yields, improve food and nutrition security and to ensure long-term conservation and protection of the natural resource base. The principles of Conservation Agriculture encourage farmers to grow crops using minimum tillage, planting basins…