CCFA Intern Update - May 2023Our two 2023 Greening Young Futures interns have been busy with their six-month placements since the beginning of April at Nyosi Wildlife Reserve. We caught up recently with Akona Ngalo and Vuyisanani “Tshatshu” Busakwe to find out how...
Let’s Plant a Better Future …Together
‘The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.’
At the heart of our vision and mission is our ‘Green Print’ – which is to find creative, collaborative solutions to inspire and assist communities to be at the helm of conservation in wilderness areas.
Greening the Community is one of these solutions. It’s a long-term empowerment and environmental sustainability initiative. Aimed at local communities, the goal is to drive environmental change at grass roots level. It’s designed to encourage young people, in particular, to play a pivotal part in ensuring a better future for all. And to become passionate conservation advocates. This is a pilot project launching in the Eastern Cape (South Africa) but which could be rolled out to other communities.
Together with our partners and supporters, the Greening the Community project will:
- Contribute towards the alleviation of poverty through job creation
- Assist with personal and social transformation
- Change and uplift communities
- Create a sustainable future and help offset carbon emissions by planting trees through our Adopt-a-Tree campaign
Planting Trees for a Better Future
He that plants trees loves others beside himself [Thomas Fuller]
The Adopt-a-Tree campaign is the first in a series of initiatives to support the Greening the Community project. The idea is to bring nature back to the KwaNobhule township in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth, South Africa). It’s about cultivating green landscapes to improve the environment and lives of the 121 800 community members.
The concept was inspired by the Indalo Nursery operating from the local Mantis Collection property at the Hopewell Conservation Estate. The vision: To raise funds to plant 600 trees at schools, churches and safe spaces within KwaNobuhle over the next 12 months. The location was chosen as the Eastern Cape is the heart and home of Mantis properties, where it all began 21 years ago.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Even though Arbor Month is drawing to a close, you can get involved by adopting a tree or a cluster of trees – it’s a win-win for our people and our planet. Click here to adopt
THE ‘GRASS ROOTS’ SOLUTION
To ensure the sustainability of the project, practical experience and education are its foundation – especially for the young people of KwaNobhule, where unemployment levels are as high as 29% and more than half the community live below the poverty line.
It begins with a 21-day educational Youth Development Empowerment Programme for 20 vulnerable youths covering life skills, employability, indigenous horticulture, plant handling, traditional medicine and general conservation awareness and practices.
There is also an immersive Wilderness and Nature Trail Camping Experience for 20 youths, a paid horticultural internship for two students at Indalo Nurseries as well as post-course assistance (mentoring, guidance with CV writing, help finding a job).
Over the years CCFA has funded several courses and wishes to continue this on an annual basis. Click [here] read more.
Future project phases include:
- Assisting Indalo Nurseries to open a retail nursery in KwaNobuhle
- Innovative Carbon Reduction Initiatives for eco-conscious travelers
Greening community initiative
21 day Siyazenzela training
CLIMBING NEW HEIGHTS
On September 24, South Africans celebrated Heritage Day which is a time to reflect on the past, the history that shaped the nation and contemplate the future On this special day, well-known local extreme athlete and Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA) supporter, Steven Lancaster, embarked on a mammoth challenge. His goal: To complete a grueling 8849m run – his own Mount Everest – within 24 hours. Why? Besides his dream to ‘summit’ Mount Everest, Steven also wanted to inspire individuals, corporates and the active environment-focused lifestyle community – to plant trees for a better future.
The location for this fundraising ‘Everresting Challenge’ was a 700m long route along Brickmakers Kloof Road, in Baakens Valley (Nelson Mandela Bay), known as the city’s green lungs. To reach the Mount Everest target, he needed to summit this 700m climb (at a 63m elevation) 141 times. Not only did he achieve this but pushed further, summiting an additional 25 times as he climbed up to 10 000m … well ahead of the 24 hour time limit.
We want to give a big shout out to Steven for his perseverance, endurance and passion to make a difference.
We can sit back, do nothing and watch our planet be destroyed.
Or we can take action, become advocates and start making lifestyle choices which are kinder to people and the planet. [Kira Simpson]
Adopt-a-Tree Prize Draw – 2 nights for 2 with Mantis Collection
We invite you to be part of the solution, by planting for a better future today. Adopt-a-tree at R300 per tree or a cluster of 10 trees for R3000. Not only will you be changing the lives of the KwaNobuhle community but you will also help offset carbon emissions…
You will also be in line to win some great prizes by the Mantis Collection – 2 nights for 2 at Oceana Beach & Wildlife Resort or at Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis.
Adopt-a-Tree | Prize Draw for individuals – 1 to 9 trees
2 nights for 2 at Oceana Beach & Wildlife Resorts with game drives
Adopt-a-Cluster | Prize Draw for corporates – 10 or more trees
Employee Luxury Incentive – Couple experience
2 nights for 2 at Pearl Valley Golf Estate Hotel on B&B basis, a round of golf for and a Master Wine-Tasting experience at Fairview Wine Estate.
Thank You to all our Supporters
Our heartfelt thanks to you – our ‘eco-warriors’ – for rising to the challenge and supporting our Greening the Community initiative. From individuals who made a donation or bought a tree, to corporates sponsoring clusters of trees and our international community. Without you, none of this would be possible.
Donors – Siyazenzela Youth Development Training
VWSA, Cerebos and special thanks to the Nedbank SA Charity Golf Day who have included CCFA as one of their beneficiaries.
Donors – Everest Event
VWSA, Algoa FM, Bridge Street Brewery, Mantis Collection
Corporate supporters for branding sponsorship, donations and/or purchasing tree clusters
Cerebos, Algoa FM, Borbet SA, MTN, Spar, Tent House Structures, HR123, Standard Bank, Aberdare Cables, Umicore, KPMG, MBDA, NMBM, Online Direct, Continental Tyres
The indispensable Everesting event team of volunteers, supporters, service providers and sponsors
Bongani Mvulane, Blackie Witbooi, Ayanda Smith of Indalo Nurseries
Bruce & Tracey Campbell of Aspire Live Fit
Ilona Hearne – Bio kineticist
Wayne & Nikki Bolton of One Land Love It
Luvuyo Bangazi of MBDA (marketing/logistics support)
Allister Marran of Charlo Athletic Club (Chief Marshal)
Phrosne Philips of Go See Do (Safety Officer)
Clinton Swartz of HRG Security
Eugene Muller of ECMR Medical Service
Denis Goddard of Under African Skys (Videographer)
Richard Pearce of Richard Pearce Photography
Brad Hiles of Talisman Hire (portable trailer unit – toilet)
Warren Lloyd of Barron (Branded clothing & CCFA Gazebo)
Linda Harwood of Harwood Promotions (Event Management)
Keri Martens-Wright of Algorithm Digital (social media/photography)