Our History of Helping
We help the Sorongoro Primary School, an educational institution serving over 700 children daily. Our project is dedicated to providing meals, school and sports supplies, and replacing poisonous drinking wells with safe drinking water. School attendance is at an all-time high, and the children are healthier and happier to our delight!
Positioned to Do More
Recently we connected electricity to the school and we feel we're finally at a stage where the educational aspect can be vastly improved. The teaching staff from neighboring Arusha City do a great job. It is imperative they have the tools they need to provide a decent level of modern world education in a community that so desperately tries to keep up with the rest of the world.
We Operate through a Registered Non-profit Charity
We are a registered non-profit (501c, AfricaSong, NGOs), and our team of volunteers will never be paid. We spend our funds directly on the school and none of our donations are spent on operational costs here in the USA. We do this only because we care and take joy in such work. We believe in trust via transparency is a key value for any charity, and we set our standard nothing short of 100%.
How Safaris Help
With each safari sold five percent of our profits are donated to an Ombeni Foundation charity project. Our travelers are welcome to choose which project they would like to support, or let us decide for you based on what project we feel is most in need of funding. If you decide to participate in a safari extension to Songoro School you can give the donation to the children in person. This could mean arriving at the school with a trunk full of sports supplies, or more discretely simply funding our student meal program. The choice is yours, and you have our full support.
Our Local Ties
Our founder Ombeni grew up in the area where the school is located at the Village of Mt. Meru, Tanzania, Africa. He now lives in Wisconsin, USA and has taken the school under his wing while running a safari business. He gives back to his community in the form of providing employment to local lodges as well as starting The Ombeni Foundation.
Belong to the Wild- Ombeni’s Pledge for Wildlife
At Ombeni Safaris we are proud to say we offer 100% responsible and ethical wildlife viewing experiences. While wildlife viewing is included in the majority of our tours and safaris we believe wildlife must only be viewed in their natural environment with the highest level of respect towards the animals. As a responsible tour & safari operator we refuse to support any institutions that exploit wildlife for entertainment purposes and we advise our clients to do the same. Although advertised as fun, educational and pro-conservation, activities like cub petting, lion walks and elephant rides are unnatural and stressful for the animals involved and should be avoided at all cost. Activities such as cub petting and walking with lions directly contributes to the exploitative predator breeding and canned hunting (lions and other predators) industry. Currently in South Africa there are approximately 8,000 lions (and other predators) living in poor conditions in caged in or confined areas for the purpose of human entertainment or canned hunting. This has nothing to do with conservation. If we don’t act now that number can double in only a few years.
The documentary film ‘Blood Lions’ has brought the horrors of predator breeding, canned hunting and a variety of other exploitative activities using lions and other species to the world’s attention.
Ombeni Safaris supports many local organization fighting to END in-just for African Wildlife. As well as supporting Sheldrick Wildlife Trust-Elephant Orphanage in Kenya.
We commit ourselves to the following:
1. To not knowingly book or otherwise support any breeder or operator that contributes to the cycle of breeding, exploitation and senseless killing of predators. This includes all petting and "walking with lion" facilities.
2. To continue our support and promotion of the formal conservation community in their endeavors to secure the survival of Africa’s predators in the wild. Without wild lions and the rest of the predator guild extant in functioning ecosystems, there will be no African tourism industry; a calamitous situation for many economies.
3. To continue in our own endeavors towards wildlife conservation and economic development wherever we operate across Africa.
4. To continue supporting an ethical and responsible interaction with Africa’s wilderness and wild animals.
5. To continue promoting Africa as an authentic, wild and rewarding tourism destination. STOP lions being bred for the bullet. Join us and commit to these pledges.