Sabyinyo is celebrating 10 years of working with our community lodge association SACOLA. Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge was conceived and is and operated by Governors Camp. In partnership with the African Wildlife Foundation (âAWFâ) and its partner in Rwanda, the International Gorilla Conservation Program (âIGCPâ), but the lodge is owned by a Community Trust (SACOLA) which was set up specifically to receive rental and other income from the lodge, and to use that income to drive socio-economic development and conservation initiatives in the Kinigi area, which is adjacent to the Parc National des Volcans in North-Western Rwanda, home of the Mountain Gorilla.
SACOLA began its socio-economic development programs in 2006 and in the 10 years since its inception SACOLAâs has received over US$ 2 million from Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. The community trust has used this money to create programs have both greatly improved the livelihoods of residents in the Kinigi area and contributed in a meaningful way to conservation and preservation of the Mountain Gorilla and its fragile habitat. SACOLAâs programs also complement the excellent conservation work being done in the region by AWF (www.awf.org) and its local partner, IGCP (www.igcp.org).
To date SACOLAâs projects have included: