What a year! We thought over the next month we'd give a little summary to some of the fantastic things the Charitable Trust has been able to achieve with your help.
In Limpopo we have been working with both the environment and community but also, on a cause striking the heart of a common goal around the world; Saving the Rhino. This year, we established a new project to project Rhinos on a private game reserve in Limpopo, a region of the world struggling most with Rhino poaching. The funds raised so far for anti-Rhino poaching will be used to pay for a brand new 4x4 vehicle that will be used as a dedicated anti-poaching vehicle on the Karongwe Private Game Reserve. This vehicle will do daily patrols of fence lines, checking for incursions and serving as a deterrent to potential poachers. The vehicle will also be a response vehicle in emergencies and will be capable of pursuing poachers off road. Not only will this vehicle help reduce the threat of Rhino poaching, but all forms of poaching and criminal activity targeting the reserve.
In Cape Town, we celebrated four years of GVI working in Nomzamo township. Celebrations were at Ikhayalethemba Orphanage and Mama Lumka, our first Project Partner in Nomzamo. There is no doubt she values the support we have given in the township since our partnership began back in August 2009. Recent donations have also been spent on assisting the Orphanage with the finanical burdens of day to day running costs, including purchasing a washing machine and a large supply of nappies.
Donations for this project have been funding the ongoing feeding programme at Nyota Ing’arayo Primary School (Precious Vision Care Centre). .For the majority of children at Nyota (Precious Vision) there is no breakfast at home before they travel to school. Prior to the initiation of the feeding programme in 2010 the children had to walk home at lunchtime in order to receive a meal, however it was not always possible for their families to provide this, so inevitably many children would not return to school for their afternoon lessons.Not only does the feeding programme guarantee the children staying at school for the full day and receiving the education they deserve, but it also increases their performance during lessons.
The team in the Seychelles have successfully completed their creation of a Carbon Neutral base. The Curieuse base has implemented a photovoltaic system, designed with the remit of supplying 24hrs electricity a day seven days a week, being highly corrosive resistant to cope with island beachfront conditions and to be maintenance free and easy operate. The solar system works perfectly saving nearly $7000 annually in fuel bills as well as avoiding 9 tons of Co² emissions thanks to your donations!
Thank you for supporting our projects in Africa this year, we really could not have achieved all of this without you.
All the best