Ecotourism isn’t just a buzzword for us and is deeply engrained in our company culture. We’d like to take a moment to look back and make note of all the positive contributions we’ve had on the communities we travel to. The past year has been an incredible year for Grow Africa, and the responsible tourism initiative is continuing to be a driving force in building environmental and cultural awareness.
Grow Africa is a Jenman African Safaris and Hideaways ecotourism initiative in which staff volunteer their time and encourage their guests to join them in supporting local communities the environmental and African wildlife. Throughout 2016, Grow Africa has contributed to the following campaigns:
Dingani Primary School is located in Zimbabwe, in the town of Dete close to the Hwange National Park and Hideaways Elephant’s Eye Lodge. The school has over 300 students from the ages 4 – 12 and due to the location and environmental factors the school is in dire need of assistance.
Throughout 2016, Grow Africa has supported the Dingani school by:
- Painting classrooms
- Sports and Cultural days at Dingani Primary providing transport and refreshments
- Fixing playground at Dingani
- Fixing windows and doors at Dingani
- Fixing roof at Dingani
Grow Africa are also a proud member of Pack for a Purpose. Pack for a Purpose is a global initiative in which guests are encouraged to use their extra luggage space for basic donations such as stationary or medical supplies, making a priceless impact on local families lives. This year Grow Africa has donated 60 kg to the Dingani School through the Pack for a Purpose campaign.
Volunteering with Rosemead Primary
Rosemead Primary School, is local to Jenman Safaris based in Claremont and was established in 1940 as part of the auspices of the Coloured Affairs Department. The school continues to educate with over 700 students, most of which commute from townships in the area. Due to the privileged location of the School the government only provides very limited funding (equivalent to 3 Euro a month). This limited funding means that the students lack vital resources such as a sporting grounds and cannot cover basic operating costs.
Big 5 Club
On a weekly basis the team at Jenman visit the younger students of Rosemead to provide entertainment during their lunch hour. The students benefit from interacting in English and with donations such as sporting equipment and school supplies which are provided by the staff.
Grow Africa also supported the students of Rosemead through:
- Educational Hikes to Constantia Nek Ravine, The King’s Blockhouse, Camps Bay Pipe Track and Lion’s Head
- Working with Students for Beach clean-up Milnerton Beach
- Tree Planting for international Arbour day
This year Grow Africa have also collected clothing and pet food as part of Mandela Day as well as participating in the global march for Elephants and Rhinos at the Elephants Eye Lodge.
If you would like to assist in the mission to make 2017 an even better year than last please email us to find out about our latest projects.