Project #1

    Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development (HERD) is the first dedicated elephant orphanage in South Africa.

    Project #2

    Jabulani is actively involved in the education of learners, students and the general public about the necessity of conservation. This includes a community outreach program and the Rhino youth-art conservation initiative.

    Jabulani has partnered with the rural school, Lumukisa Preparatory School. This partnership gives underprivileged learners the opportunity to learn more about endangered wildlife, particularly the cheetah and rhino. Groups of 16 learners visit the center throughout the year, accompanied by 4 teachers. During these visits they assist the staff as they go about their daily duties and are taught about conservation and the beauty of wildlife.

    Project #3

    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.

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of June 10, 2021
    Note: Location is approximated. If you see a lodging that is misplaced or missing, please contact us .

    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.