“To empower the community to utilise natural resources productively through advocacy, education and promotion of climate smart technologies”
“A prosperous community that uses its natural resources sustainably”
In a world so much in poverty and burdened by environmental degradation, there is need to assure humanity a safer and more prosperous future resulting in a healthy society and economy.
Management of Arid Zones and Development Options (MAZIDO) is a local NGO established in 1993 and registered in December 1995. MAZIDO was as a result of the June 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio-de-Janeiro, Brazil. The Agenda 21 was on environment and development policies in the next century.
The main focus of MAZIDO International is on community responses especially those set to find solutions for their needs, and contribute towards poverty alleviation and protection of the integrity of ecosystems.
The organization set up its first office in Nairobi at Rehema House. During its early years of operations in Nairobi, MAZIDO, utilizing the services of a network of academicians and experts provided consultancy services to several International and Local Institutions. However, in 2006, a decision was made to move the Headquarters of the Organization to Voi in Taita Taveta County. This marked a turning point for the Organization and ushered in the era for community driven development initiatives.
Its first Community project was the Mbololo and Mwambirwa Integrated Forest Conservation and Livelihood Improvement Project which was implemented through a local CBO, Taita Environmental Management Alliance (TEMA) and funded by the Community Development Trust Fund (CDTF) from 2007 to 2010. The other project, the Buguta Water Supply Project was undertaken between 2011 and 2013 was funded by the Embassy of Japan,
Since then MAZIDO prides itself with the following outcomes so far: