In the past three years Dr. Trent has received many requests for visits to Matau. However, due to lack of adequate guest housing, TTI’s ability to grant visits and exchanges has been severely limited. In response to this demand, TTI plans to build Eco Lodges, which will open up opportunities for supporters to visit Matau in order to become involved in research and service projects.
The local community will then have increased access to skilled and knowledgeable professionals who can provide development assistance in the areas of public health, literacy, and community development, among other opportunities. The Eco Lodges will also host reading camp volunteers, making this project one step closer to reaching our educational goals. Finally, the Eco-Lodges will house university interns and exchange program students — so they can learn more about and participate in our Foundation work.