These beautiful smiles NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

The island will be hit by the current crisis to an extent which exceeds the imagination of most people for the moment. But for an economy which is relying mainly on tourism these are going to be beyond tough times. 

„COVID-19 has added a layer of stress to local communities in Zanzibar, compounding existing stress from chronic poverty, poor health care infrastructure and dependency on a tourism industry that has come to a grinding halt.“ (Source: https://globalvoices.org/2020/04/25/zanzibar-relies-on-strong-communities-of-care-to-confront-covid-19/)

Zanzibari are creative, resilient and never loose their smiles. And much experienced in dealing and surviving crisis than most people in the Western World. 

Zanzibari are Strong. They are magicians of adaptation. But even the strongest communities sometimes need help. As the rest of the world, Zanzibar has never been hit by corona. A pandemic. Which is challenging their strength. 

A lot of people in the tourism industry already lost their  job. And thousands more will follow. No income to provide for themselves and their big families. One salary needs to feed many here. So what happens if there is no income left? In a place where there is no social welfare. No sufficient healthcare. No support of any kind. 

We have been living on this beautiful island for many years. It became our home. We made friends. Who became family. And who always gave us a helping hand when needed.

Now we are the ones who wish to help! To build up new perspectives together. To be creative together. To be strong together. 

Many great projects have already been initiated. And some more are about to get started.
We know their founders & have trust in their expertise and therfore believe in the long term success of these projects.
We do not want to reinvent the wheel new. We rather want to support existing, sustainable initiatives on Zanzibar (see link below for more information) to widen their radius of action. To reach as many people as possible.

We, the owners & management of Mr. Kahawa wish to make use of our network. To reach out to you, our guests, friends, former visitors, Zanzibar lovers. Whoever feels a connection to this place and the people.

We ask for your support. 

For € 70 a chicken farm can be set up which is able to produce 30 chickens within three month time. Or even € 1,60 can already help to tailor two face mask. The smallest amounts can have a big impact.


We will guarantee to allocate each cent where it is most needed. 


FOR MORE INFORMATION about the projects we aim to support follow the link:


You are interested in a specific project which you wish to support? Just contact us and we are more than happy to provide you with more details. Or to connect you straight with one of the project managers.

Photo: Martin (located in Paje/South East Coast) is one of the tailors participating in the #masksforall project. 

Photo: Tailored face masks available in 3 sizes (S, M, L). Handed out together with instructions for usage.

Photo: Nafisa from Wajamama doing a workshop at Mr. Kahawat to inform about Corona and necessary precautions to be taken in the community.

Photo: One of many handwashing stations which were distributed to the communities by Wajamama.

Photo: Hand free washing station outside a shop in Bwejuu/South East Coast.

Photo: John, who is aiming to empower women by helping them to set up chicken farms.
  • Jan Piekstra 
    • €20 
    • 23 mos
  • Jan Piekstra 
    • €10 
    • 24 mos
  • Gualtiero Re 
    • €50 
    • 24 mos
  • Patricia Demery 
    • €50 
    • 24 mos
  • Frauenpower SKS Haus Nr. 7 
    • €50 
    • 24 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Melanie Steggink 
Cornelia Kinkel