Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development (HERD) is the first dedicated elephant orphanage in South Africa.
Hlokomela is an award winning HIV/AIDS educational and treatment program targeting workers, including foreign migrants, in agricultural, nature conservation and tourism sectors in The Greater Kruger to Canyons area located in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The program aims to reduce HIV vulnerability through peer education, raising awareness, prevention and treatment. The project has been running successfully for the past 11 years and currently has 71 sub project sites. An estimated 25,000 people are reached annually through the activities of the program.
We have joined with HERD Elephant Orphanage to support Mpisi Primary School close to us in Hoedspruit to assist the school and students with certain projects and supplies.
Currently the school has roughly 800 learners from Grade R – Grade 4, while the high school, with Grades 5 – 7, has 1 400 learners.
Many of the projects we are involved in at the school will go a long way in teaching students smart and fun ways to contribute to recycling, sustainable food production and elephant conservation, with ideas, information and practical knowledge that they can take home with them and practice, so to continue developing environmentally-friendly habits that can have a positive impact on their lives and families.
Some new projects we are assisting the school with include: Waterwise gardens, community vegetable gardens, rainwater harvesting, recycling, elephant art projects, and setting up the computer and library room. They have no computers currently and the library is in need of being stocked with story books.
We invite Jabulani guests to pack some of these items for their visit to the lodge to help contribute to the needs of the school and students.
Vet Books for Africa is a non-profit society affiliated with the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Pretoria, South Africa. The Vet Books for Africa team consists of eight Onderstepoort students that deliver textbooks, journals, supplies and equipment of veterinary interest to remote veterinary faculties, sanctuaries, animal rehabilitation centers and community veterinary clinics in Africa. Vet Books plan to visit 7 schools throughout Africa in December 2022, that need stationary. They aim to help about 1500 learners in total, to give each learner in a respective school a packet full of necessary school stationary.
Xilaveko Day Care is situated in Timbavati Village in Acornhoek and currently has 65 learners from ages zero through four years. The day care was founded by Obert Chauke and Ivy Sibuyi. Obert is one of our highly respected butlers at Jabulani and has been at the lodge for 16 years. Their goal is to create empowerment and opportunities for people in the local community to combat the challenges of unemployment, poverty, and hunger. Obert and Ivy would like to accept more children at the day care, to help their community in greater ways.
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.