The Mutondo Communities
Mutondo consists of four communities, Zangue, Mutondo, Pungue and Santove.
These are in the Northern Cheringoma and the people living there are mainly subsistence farmers and fishermen living on or near the Zangue River. They are very rural in their traditions and way of life and continue to subsist via slash and burn farming and traditional bee-keeping methods. Community lands lie on both sides along the border of Dalmann’s timber concession, Catapu. Like so many populations, this population has been displaced by war and unsustainable farming methods.
These are the people and it is their environment that Life4Sofala aims to help.
The Life4Sofala program is based on lawful practices and dialog between the various stakeholders with particular emphases on the local communities. All activities are conducted with the full cooperation and participation of the Associacao Pitshwa Mutondo; a registered association with a democratically elected committee which consists of a president, vice president, secretary and eleven other posts. Their role is in coordinating the economic development of matters within the community. Participants in the reforestation are recruited on a voluntary basis from the local neighboring communities with the bone fides of each farmer having been checked by Dalmann.