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he objective of the Ant Collection is to create sustainable tourism by means of conserving the environment around us, enriching the lives of our guests and staff alike as well as uplifting the community and providing as much skills development to the locals as possible.

Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill have chosen The Fold SA as well as African Community Outreach as our local charities, we have over the last couple of years donated cash and meat directly for the soup kitchen as well as over 100 blankets for impoverished families. We were recently informed that there is a growing demand to contribute more towards the education of many of these under privileged children and have taken it upon ourselves to donate monthly towards the funding of education

The lodges also sponsor local children by paying for their education at the Waterberg Academy which is the local private school.

Community programmes we support:

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The Fold exists to provide refuge to children in need, by investing love. The plight of the young and defenseless has always been close to our heart. Our primary vision is to assist children, who have been ravaged by the loss of family, poverty, disease and abuse.

We are located on a farm outside of Vaalwater. We have family style living with indigenous parents and will have up to 8 children in each home. Eight houses are planned, the first two houses have been in operation and we hope to have a third opening soon. The children will be taught English, but will also speak an African language. They will all be taught basic skills such as cooking, cleaning, sewing, gardening, taking care of animals.

School will be up to grade 12, with the possibility of university based on each child’s ability, or vocational training. We will help these children to identify and pursue their dreams. We want to offer Sports/agriculture/animal husbandry/computer skills, etc. Our goal is to invest in the lives of these children for the long term benefit of themselves, their village and South Africa and our dream is to open a private school on the property within the next few years The aim is to create a loving and secure environment filled with an atmosphere of contagious joy and promoting a good moral character.

Who are the fold, SA?:
A husband and wife team from the United States who have started a children’s home for orphans in the Waterberg district. We have recently been joined by another couple from the US. It is a home based on solid moral values. We are supported by a Ministry called Prince Ministry in South Africa, which is a non-profit organization in the United States. We are also registered as a non-profit in South Africa.

Bulge River is situated on the central plateau of the Waterberg Mountains within the Limpopo Province of South Africa. There are multiple suburbs within a half hours drive which have large and extremely impoverished communities.

What they currently do:
We have established a non-profit organization here in South Africa called “The Fold, SA Children’s Home”. We have purchased a 37 hectare property 40km outside of Vaalwater. We want to have up to 8 households on the property, with indigenous house parents, and 6-8 children in each home. We are looking for skilled volunteers to assist us.

Funding:
We rely totally on donations from the general public, businesses and the commercial sector. Currently it is costing us R25 000 per month to run the first household and entire farm and it will be an estimated cost of around R15 000 per month to support each additional household

Their immediate needs:
Funding for furniture, blankets, gently used clothes, food items and kitchen utensils. School supplies and toiletries.

If you would like any more information about us or would like to make a donation please contact:

Paul or Micky Prince: 4thechildren@thefold-sa.org
Cell: +27 (0)84 967 6022

Address: PO Box 1265, Vaalwater, 0530, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Banking Details: Nedbank, Lephalale , Account #1445126591, Branch code #14454700
Website: www.thefold-sa.org

Their Section 21 company registration number is: 2009/009228/08.
Their Non Profit Organization is 068-248. PBO 930031441.
Their books are audited once a year. They are happy to supply any information about this charity

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Who they are:
We are a husband and wife team from the farming community surrounding Vaalwater who became aware of the plight of thousands affected by poverty, high unemployment, malnutrition and disease.

We started a Non Profit Organisation with a view to making a difference through our ministry based on solid Christian principles. Our focus is helping the many vulnerable people especially children and the elderly.

Where they are:
Vaalwater is situated on the central plateau of the Waterberg Mountains within the Limpopo Province of South Africa. We are 3 hours drive north of Johannesburg. The adjacent residential suburb of Leseding is a large and extremely impoverished community.

What they currently do:
We support hundreds of families, visiting with them in their homes providing food, medical care and helping to get children into schools.

One of our main focuses is looking after the many widows and orphans that have been left by the terrible Aids Crisis in Vaalwater. There are a large number of women, many of whom are elderly, who have been left to look after small children and teenagers. A large percentage of mothers in the 20 to 45 year old age group have died. We also find many children raising siblings or cousins. Due to the high rate of unemployment and poverty, these people have little to no income. In many of these cases we find the young “parents” begging for food from neighbours. In some cases we are able to help the youngsters get registered to qualify them for the government grant, but even then the income is seldom sufficient to feed a family of between 6 to 12 people. We provide these families with food parcels. Education is key for us, we currently fund 8 college students and have provided education for many children each year. It costs us R400 to educate a school child per year. The cost of putting a student through college is R15 000 – R38 000 per year.

We support a number of farm schools in the area. We assist farm schools in the community by supplying educational items and teaching aids and food where possible.
We pay for school uniforms, school books and other educational aids for very poor families. Each January we purchase school uniforms for as many children as possible (uniforms are obligatory for attendance). We supply school stationery such as pencils, pens, crayons, books, school back packs, calculators etc as the children only receive 2 pencils per year from the education department.

We provide medical care for very poor families whose illnesses are beyond the scope of the local clinic. Patients are taken to the local doctor, they receive medications and specialist care if needed. We have provided homes for 40 families so far. Many desperate families live in ram shackle tin shacks, tents and even cardboard boxes. The costs vary according to size but a two roomed house with an outside toilet costs R15 500, a one roomed house with toilet costs R9000.

In order to help feed the many hungry families in Lesideng we have planted a very large vegetable garden on the farm. This produces veggies on a large scale to the feeding schemes and needy families. We are in need of a better irrigation system to reach the entire garden. The cost of this is R10 000.

We have established two crèches in Lesideng which are now independent businesses. These crèches provide a safe and loving environment to pre school children and toddlers that are often uncared for. The children will receive good nutrition, mental stimulation and a good head start on their education. The crèches also provide employment for several people. We hope to build more crèches in the future and the approximate cost to build a crèche R185 000. Setting up costs are considerable but well worth it. Those children who’s families can afford to pay for them do so, many needy children however need to be sponsored. This costs 120 per child per month.

Funding:
We rely on donations from the general public, businesses and the commercial sector. It costs us R20 per day to feed a child. We receive food donations from the general public. We receive generous support from Ants Nest/Hill and their guests. These kind of donations are such a blessing to us.

If you would like any more information about us or would like to make a donation please contact us:
Hamish or Terri Rodgers –
Email: htrodgers@mweb.co.za
Cell: +27 (0) 82 857 0985
PO Box 875, Vaalwater, 0530, Limpopo Province, South Africa

Our Non Profit Organisation number is 051/322NPO.
For banking details or donations please contact us

Mission:
Our mission is to positively impact communities around the world by assisting travelers who want to bring meaningful contributions to the destinations they visit.

Philosophy:
There is need everywhere in the world. It can sometimes be difficult, however, to identify specific needs in places far from home. We believe people fortunate enough to travel to other countries often wish they could make meaningful contributions to help meet the needs of the places they visit. Such contributions are one way of expressing appreciation for the experiences and hospitality they enjoyed in other lands.

Our goal is to assist travelers who want to say thank you in this manner or who simply want to expand their generosity beyond their own communities. The supply lists for destinations on our website are provided directly by the local community-based projects which receive and use the supplies, enabling travelers to make informed decisions and to bring items which meet the needs of those who will be using them.

Letter from Rebecca Rothney

Our first thank-you for bringing supplies
The Genesis of the Idea

During our first trip to Africa, my husband Scott and I learned that, while we were each limited to 40 pounds (18.14 kgs) of luggage on safari, the airline had an allowance of 100 pounds (45 kgs) of checked luggage plus a 40-pound (18.14 kg) carry-on. In making plans for a second trip, we looked into visiting a school, Mabele Primary School, near our accommodations in Botswana. We contacted our safari company, Wilderness Safaris, to see if we could determine any specific needs of that school. Armed with that information, we were able to deliver 140 pounds (64 kgs) of school supplies, including soccer balls, to the school. It was enormously rewarding to be able to help the people in the community that had given us such a life-changing experience.

Since then, we and a few of our fellow-travelers have made several trips to other countries in Africa and have been able to deliver an estimated 1,000 pounds (453 kgs) in donations of clothing, school supplies and medical supplies. I asked a travel agent why other travelers did not use their luggage allowances this way. “Because nobody thinks about it,” he said. That was our “aha” moment.

Scott and I knew from our experiences that bringing large amounts of supplies required a great deal of time and close logistical cooperation with the touring company. We felt we needed to come up with a simpler and more direct way for travelers to bring supplies where they were going.

By asking travelers to pack 5 lbs (2.27 kgs) of supplies, we felt we would be able to involve everyone who wanted to add value to his or her trip by participating. By delivering the supplies directly to the traveler’s accommodation, it would be possible for every traveler to contribute and require no logistical support. That amount would take only a small space, require little effort and still make a big impact.

I realized that to make my idea a reality, I would need the assistance and skills of many other talented people. They have generously and freely given their time and expertise. It is with gratitude that I would like to acknowledge and thank the people below, as well as those who have agreed to serve on our board.

Linda Auerbach, Megan Bahamonde, Maria Better, Victoria Brooks,Monique Brykman, Pam Caldwell, Nathan Cavicchi, Ann Cramer, Marianela de Oro, Kim DeWitt,Thibaut Davy,Dinda Elliot, Emily Ford, Jenny Knott Gilbert, Debbie Goldberg, Eric Goldberg, Sharon Goldberg, Hazel Gooding, Brittany Goodman, Alex Hall, Mark Hall, Mona Hall, Jared Harding, Marcia Harris, David Heuser, Sherry Heuser, Noah Hubbell, Angela Bendorf Jamison, Rob Karn, Liz Kloster, David Langmeyer, Kilara Le, Angela Leimer, Sue Mitchell, Robert Mungo, Susan Pepe, Bert Du Plessis, Michelle Pudu, Benji Rabhan, Sahil Rahman, Tara Regimand, Alicia Richards, Joncie Sarratt, Lindsey Schaefer, Traci Stewart, Rachel Strauss, Sid Strauss, Peter Tanner, Laura Thompson, Rebecca Tuzel, Dianna Upton, Dillon van der Veen, Michael Vidal and Devon Williamson.
Pack For A Purpose

Extra special thanks go to Erik Macenas who generously donated his creative talents and energy to design our logo and website.

With appreciation,

Rebecca Rothney