Angus Gillis was featured in the November edition of Business Link out of South Africa. The article highlights their great work in grassroots community development in Grahamstown, SA and the many facets of Angus Gillis’ efforts in health, education, and self-help groups. (To read the article in its original format click on http://www.businesslink.co.za/magazine/ and flip to page 8.)
A major part of what Angus Gillis has sparked, is the Pro Poor Tourism Project. After inaugurating the Project and the space for artisans to make products, the following has been a great success:
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The Angus Gillis Foundation continues to support the growth of livelihoods, both financially and socially, of rural South Africans by providing a place where community members have access to skills-training, personal development training, income generation and safe place for children.
The ethical tourism projects continue to provide an outlet for the preservation of the community’s cultural heritage by teaching about traditional crafts, music and history. Cultural heritage is also being passed on to the youth as the drumming training experiences teach the younger generations about their ancestry.
Your support for this project will help the community to achieve their future plans, which include efforts to spread the benefits of the project outside of the self-help groups to include other communities. In addition, the Doll-makers will complete a Financial Life Skills course that will increase their self-sufficiency and ability to support their families. This project is also aiming to reach its target of establishing 45 self-help groups and to help the groups to market their crafts to a larger market.
Angus Gillis’ ethical tourism project is well underway with the establishment and inauguration of the Pro Poor Tourism Project and Mcambele Community Center. The project directly benefits over 750 community members in the rural villages of Kwa Pontak and Kwa Doli in the Eastern Cape through workshops, childcare, training, health services, income-generation and tourism.
The doll-making cooperative, craft stands, leadership training and the establishment of self-help groups have greatly contributed to the improved livelihoods. Community members have seen increased family earnings and empowerment via education and skills training.
The tourism project, created under Angus Gillis’ socio-economic approach, sustainably supports the community by engaging tourists to partake in conservation, traditional indigenous culture and craft production.
Although the project has significantly benefited many community members, support is still needed to maintain ongoing projects as well as to continue the development of individuals within the community.
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