Welcome to

The Kwanini Foundation, a
non-profit organization based on
Pemba Island in Tanzania.

The Kwanini Foundation, a non-profit organization based on Pemba Island in Tanzania.

Our mission  is to empower the people of Pemba Island to build sustainable and resilient communities through education, healthcare, environmental conservation, and marine protection. The Kwanini Foundation has a clear vision – we want to make a positive contribution to the future of Pemba Island by working alongside the local communities to help them understand and conserve the natural world on which they depend.


Kwanini. Our ‘why’

Pemba Island is a unique and beautiful place that has a rich cultural and ecological heritage. However, the island faces many challenges, including poverty, lack of access to quality education and healthcare, environmental degradation, and threats to marine biodiversity. Kwanini, the Swahili word for ‘why’ embodies purpose and through this our intention to preserve the island’s natural resources and cultural heritage for future generations. We also believe that community engagement and empowerment are essential for the success of sustainable development initiatives.


How we work

At Kwanini Foundation, we work in partnership with local communities and stakeholders to identify the most pressing needs and develop targeted programs and initiatives that address those needs.  Our approach is participatory and community-led, which means that we involve the community in every stage of our projects, from planning to implementation to evaluation.  We also prioritize sustainability and long-term impact in our work to ensure that our efforts benefit the community for years to come.


The benefits

Our work benefits the people of Pemba Island, particularly those who rely on the ocean for their livelihoods. Through our marine protection programs, we promote sustainable fishing practices, protect the marine ecosystem, and ensure food security and economic stability for local communities. Our community engagement initiatives also help raise awareness of the importance of marine conservation and empower local communities to take action to protect their coastal ecosystems. Additionally, our education and healthcare programs benefit the entire community by improving access to education and healthcare, which are essential for the well-being of individuals and the community.

By working alongside the local communities, we aim to contribute to a sustainable and resilient future for Pemba Island and its people. 


What we do

The Kwanini Foundation takes a holistic approach to sustainable development, considering social, economic, and environmental aspects. The Foundation focuses on marine and terrestrial conservation, waste management, water supply, education, and community development. Through community engagement programs, the Foundation raises awareness of the importance of marine conservation and empowers local communities to protect their coastal ecosystems. The Foundation also provides access to quality education to underprivileged children and works to improve healthcare.

Marine Conservation
Terrestrial Conservation
Waste Management
Water Supply
Community Engagement


How you can help

The Kwanini Foundation receives support from two sources, namely Manta Pemba Island and Blue Finance. Manta Pemba Island provides support through an impact contribution that is charged to every guest who visits the lodge. Meanwhile, Blue Finance serves as the co-manager of the foundation, working towards developing sustainable revenues through tourism and blue economy initiatives. This partnership aims to ensure long-term financial sustainability, allowing the foundation to continue its efforts in promoting sustainable practices and initiatives in the region.


Connect with us

Your support is key, not only as a traveler to the destination, but also as a donor to The Kwanini Foundation. Please contact us today if you can contribute in any way.