Sabi Sand NPO Forum: COVID-19 Food Parcel Response Campaign
The Sabi Sand NPO Forum COVID-19 Response focuses on the communities that are surrounding the Sabi Sand Protected Area (23 communities altogether). The Sabi Sand Reserve falls within the Bushbuckdrige Municipality in the Mpumalanga Province and is adjacent to the Kruger National Park (to the East and South of the Reserve) and to Manyeleti Private Game Reserve (to the North). The Reserve forms part of an open ecosystem called the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA). The reserve comprises 626.65 kilometers squared of land and wildlife, that can move freely between protected areas. As a result, the reserve collaborates in terms of security and conservation operations with its neighbors.
The 23 communities are predominantly Africans who are either South African citizens or immigrants from neighboring countries, with no grant support. Our campaigns provide support to these communities to achieve their basic needs – access to water, education, and healthcare, but also focus on education around the value of eco-tourism. The relevance of protecting the wildlife and biodiversity, and to protect the economy on which many of them rely, and how they can live in a more environmentally sustainable way, conscious of the habitat they are in.
The Sabi Sand NPO, facilitated by the Sabi Sand Wildtuin – where a combined 32 000 beneficiaries have been reached to date. The NPO forum was established in 2014, with the vision of a more visible and coordinated impact in the community. The collective approach for the COVID-19 Response Campaign is set to bring support to those who are in dire need during this pandemic.
The collective Sabi Sand NPO forum has reached 23 communities during these past months. Beneficiaries were identified by the community leaders and elders, and were classified according to the following criteria:
- Ethnicity: 100% African beneficiaries (general population in the region)
- Annual income: R0 – R1500pm
- Age Groups: No age restrictions
- Citizenship: South Africans / Non-South African inhabitants
We have a phased approach that we would like to encourage our donors to be a part of, based on the needs of the communities.
Phase 1: Food Parcels Distribution
Phase 2: Water Supply – Borehole restorations and installations
Phase 3: PPE supply support for local clinics, ECD’s, Primary & Secondary schools
We would like to thank our NPO partners for joining in on this mighty call to offer much-needed support to the community members. The NPO logos are outlined below:
On the day of the handovers, we also had our media partner; Apostle Peter Jones – joining us from day one, while also announcing the amazing work that the Sabi Sand NPO Forum was conducting on Voice of Hope FM.
There is still a massive demand for support and if you would like to form part of the sponsors – kindly feel free to reach out to us by contacting us below:
Isaac Hlatshwayo (Community Liaison Manager) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Eurika Mogane (Marketing, PR and Communications Officer) – email@example.com
Kim Lester (Executive PA) – firstname.lastname@example.org