COMMUNITY PROJECTS

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Via the Pack for a Purpose initiative, we are inviting you as our guests to save a couple of kilograms of space in your luggage and pack something that would help these mothers in need and their newborn babies. The Baby Box consists of items which are easy to find and take up very little space in your luggage. If you would like to help us create baby boxes, you can either build a starter pack yourself or pack a few extra items into your suitcase that we can include in the baby boxes destined for Tintswalo Hospital.


We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for the projects we support in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families.

 

Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our projects.

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In a bid to help support the rural communities that surround our wonderful wildlife areas, Tshukudu has partnered up with Pack for a Purpose to help new mothers in need through the Baby Box Project in Mpumalanga, South Africa. As our guests, you will have the opportunity to 'pack for a purpose' by saving a small space in your suitcase to bring something as a donation for this compassionate cause. 


The Baby Box Project, based in Hoedspruit, is designed to provide support for new mothers at Tintswalo Hospital, which has the highest birth rate in rural Mpumalanga Province. Many of the newborn babies are in need of basic clothing items and their mothers are in need of sanitary and toiletry products that many of them simply cannot afford. Pregnant women in rural villages rely heavily on Tintswalo for the safe birth of their babies, and often the hospital faces severe staffing and resource challenges, creating an urgent need for maternal support. That's where the Baby Box Project comes in, and where we are glad to be able to help.

Guests are encouraged to contribute or support this worthy cause in any way they can.

Hoedspruit Rotary

The Rotary Club of Hoedspruit (Hoedspruit Rotary) was formed in 2015 and its members’ efforts have already established it as a significant entity in the community through the projects and other activities undertaken by them.

 

 In 2016 over R 100 000 was raised and distributed by Hoedspruit Rotary for the benefit of anti-poaching and community upliftment programmes.

Hoedspruit is a town in the North East corner of South Africa adjacent to the world famous Kruger Park. Once a sleepy railway halt, it is now a town of approaching 4000 people and is the epicentre of the ecotourism and game conservation industries in South Africa which hosts tens of thousands of tourist each year, and a thriving mango, avocado and citrus growing farming community. The tourism, farming and associated support industries have made Hoedspruit one of the fastest growing centres in South Africa today.  

Tshukudu Game Lodge supports the Hoedspruit Rotary in any way needed.  Monetary donations or any other items can be dropped at  Tshukudu Game Lodge where it will then be delivered to Hoedspruit Rotary directly.  These donations will be distributed to many worthy causes that the Hoedspruit Rotary supports and are always welcome.

Wild Shots Outreach

Wild Shots Outreach's aim is to engage young people from disadvantaged communities in wildlife and wild places through photography. The programme prioritises high school students from government schools and the young unemployed bordering the Kruger National Park.  It teaches new skills, providing a “focus” and introduction to the natural world and helps inspire and raise the aspirations of these learners – the conservationists of tomorrow.

 

The catalyst for founding the programme was twofold:

  • Our struggle over the past several years to find a black South African photographer to speak at the Wild Shots wildlife photography conference.

  • Realising that the vast majority of young people in communities bordering Kruger have never visited a wilderness area before - or seen wildlife at first-hand.

Wild Shots Outreach was founded in November 2015. The project addresses the need for more young people from local communities to experience the wildlife and wild places they previously had little or no access to. It is hoped that the battle for conservation can be won by sharing the beauty and value of South Africa's wildlife with all its citizens. Wild Shots Outreach gained NPO (Not-for-Profit status) in June 2017, won the SANParks' Kudu Award for best environmental education programme (2017) and won the International Gold Award from The Global Good Awards (2020).  

 

The Programme


Each course consists of 5 workshop sessions culminating in a game drive in a game reserve. These can be delivered in a school or youth centre in separate sessions or complete in a residential weekend. We prioritise high school students aged 15 to 17 and the young unemployed. We work with groups of eight students at a time, and use donated DLSR cameras. The course is run over a number of days in the school/centre or as a residential weekend in a game reserve. Each workshop is followed by a discussion session for the students to review their work, and the course concludes with a presentation session and student feedback.  Students are presented with certificates and prints of their photographs. Each school or group receives a camera so that the students can continue to use their new skills.

"Engaging young people in conservation and nature through photography"