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    Kariega Game Reserve

    If people would like to buy food locally, there are shops just outside Kariega Game Reserve, in Kenton on Sea. Fresh produce and anything else is readily available. If you have any questions regarding purchasing of food or other goods, please contact Jo Haesslich jone@kariega.co.za

    Project #1

    Children & Education

    The Kariega Foundation has been active in the 3 impoverished communities around Kenton on Sea for the last 5 years. The biggest change and way to uplift a community is to work with them to improve and support the education structures. There are around 12 Early Childhood Development Centers (also called ECD centers/day care centers), 5 Primary Schools and 4 High Schools. This gives us a huge challenge but also a huge opportunity to help improve these children’s lives in so many different ways. From facilitating training for the teachers, donating stationary and other needed resources, providing school uniforms for those in need, assisting in activities and so much more. This project supports kids from 0 – 18 year old and also their teachers and families in turn. We are privileged to be able to support our communities in such a positive way, especially with the support of our Kariega Game Reserve (and other) guests.

    Project #2

    Elderly & Special Needs

    The elderly folk and individuals with special needs have many struggles in their daily lives. Each person has to cope with different ailments and/or disabilities, ranging from incontinence, hearing loss, seeing impaired and mentally disabled. Most of these individuals are taken care of by a family member/s, but they don’t always have the correct resources needed. These two groups are together as they use many similar items. It will make a huge difference to each of them to have support for their basic needs.

    Project #3

    Wildlife Protection & Anti-Poaching

    The APU or Anti-Poaching Unit is of utmost importance to the Kariega Game Reserve to keep the reserve, wildlife and assets protected from criminal activities like poaching. Poaching means unauthorized individuals enter a reserve and take things like plants and animals or animal parts which they are not allowed to. In South Africa the biggest poaching issue is rhino horn poaching.
    The APU team is on call 24/7 to keep the property and everything within it safe. They work in any weather condition and time of the day. These are the guys on the frontline, putting boots on the ground.

    Project #4

    Veterinary & Animal Care

    There are hundreds of dogs and cats living in the local townships. For the last few years, we have been helping dogs, cats and their owners where we can. This includes education to the owners about how to properly care for your pets, helping feed animals at homes where they are struggling financially and donating dog houses when we can.
    We also do as many outreaches as possible to administer Rabies vaccinations, tick and flea treatment and dewormers. And arrange sterilization events to sterilize as many dogs and cats as possible to reduce unwanted puppies/kittens that will eventually roam the streets, living a sad and hard life, spreading disease and not having a loving home.
    With your help, we can help families and their pets with basic resources to make their lives better.

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of May 14, 2024
    Kariega Game Reserve

    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.