Timbavati Foundation needs your support
The Timbavati Foundation is all about training and equipping young people from neighbouring communities with the skills and competencies to use natural resources sustainably and to excite them about the beauty and complexity of nature.
The environmental school target learners in primary and secondary schools as we believe it is best to reach out at a young age. We also believe that children and young people can be important influencers on their parents and fellow community members, and can help to change attitudes and environmental beliefs.
Our Environmental School provides accommodation for groups of learners and teachers so that they are able to stay overnight in a typical bush area. The training is tailored to the activities, needs and challenges of the communities in this area and covers the following themes:
- Soil and vegetation
- Soil erosion/ pollution control
- Water conservation
- Perma gardening
- Relationship with animals, plants and birdlife
- Anti-poaching ( to combat the ever present rhino poaching crisis)
Most of the modules include practical assignments, such as safari drives and walks as the Foundation believes that people learn best through experiential learning. “The aim is to get environmental education out of the classroom and into the bush”, explains Lazaro Sibiya, manager of the Environmental School.
The school grants bursaries to promising and motivated learners to further their education in nature conservation at the Southern African Wildlife College or at the SA College for Tourism in Graaff Reinet. Sibiya: “We want to show to girls and boys that you can make a career out of conservation or eco-tourism and make money following such a career.”
The Foundation also works with people and communities to adapt to climate change, and offers guidance and solutions for water harvesting and retention, perma gardening, and the construction of netted gardens (to support government feeding schemes). The Foundation runs tree planting projects for schools in partnership with the Wildlands Conservation Trust, and hosts an annual anti-rhino poaching debate in which schools from the neighbouring communities participate in partnership with the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT). The objective is to spread the message of anti-rhino poaching to young people, while also empowering them to combat rhino poaching.
The perma gardening project is implemented with learners from schools who take part in a competition to make the most ecologically friendly garden. Winners go on a trip to the Kruger National Park (KNP) and the best learners are offered a course at the nearby Southern African Wildlife College, a recognised further education institution that offers real employment opportunities in the conservation sector.
Other programmes which have been designed to uplift neighboring communities are about access to basic sanitation and safe water. Every day, thousands of the learners we work with suffer from a lack of access to water, with many, especially girl learners, fetching water kilometres away from their schools. Last year, our Foundation provided access to water for four schools (four boreholes sunk) and installed two water tanks. As part of the sanitation project, the Foundation also installs environmentally friendly toilets (we call them enviro loos).
The impact of the Foundation’s work has been far reaching but there is more to be done - we need your help to enable us to continue providing our services free of charge to young people and schools. You can make a difference by making an investment in supplies, support and/or training, which will not only empower a young person, but will also help to save our environment.
8 good reasons to fund the Timbavati Foundation’s Environmental School Project:
- Broad partnerships drawing on both the public and private sectors.
- There are few NGOs and/ or non-profit trusts that provide direct service delivery within mainstream schooling in the region, and we have a model of service delivery that is welcomed by all tiers of education – the learners, the educators, the governing bodies and the Department of Education.
- Good cooperation and trust building with 48 schools (primary and secondary) in the Acornhoek area.
- Involvement and track record in nature conservation education in this geographic area for 14 years.
- A holistic approach; environmental issues should be seen in the context of their relationships with poverty, education, health and equal access to opportunities.
- Lessons learnt are applied to future work and best practice is followed.
- All funds go directly to the beneficiaries on the ground. The funds requested are only for direct project related costs. Operational costs for the Foundation are not requested as these are fully covered.
- The appropriate use of human and financial resources to achieve the intended goal.
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Bank: Standard Bank
Branch code: 05 27 52 42
Account holder: The Timbavati Foundation
Account number: 27 298 304 7
Account type: Cheque
SWIFT CODE: SBZAZAJJ
TRUST NUMBER: IT1863/2009
PBO NUMBER: 930031721