Savannah Lodge guests support vulnerable children programmes

Savannah Lodge guests support vulnerable children programmes

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News from the Tiyimiseleni Orphanage project
[May 2014]

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 9.17.24 AMWinter has arrived and the early mornings and afternoons are already getting chilly. It is so wonderful to see how everyone at the Tiyimiseleni Centre is enjoying the new building. The ladies are cooking in their new kitchen and the children are having their daily lunch inside where it is nice and warm. Everybody is so proud of the new building that the floors, tables and kitchen utensils get thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis.

In the last month, we have received amazing gifts from guests:
the full contents of a first aid kit, a portable CD player, lots of pens/pencils, soap and so on. Also two Virgin Active Gyms in Johannesburg keep Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 9.17.34 AMsupplying us with clothing and towels. For all of us at Savanna, it is absolutely amazing to experience the way in which so many people keep helping the Orphanage project forward. From the Netherlands we even received a complete set of soccer outfits. Julius, one of our trackers, has distributed the clothing to the Mabarhule soccer team. We wish these guys lots of sporting success! Also a special thank-you goes out to Laura who translated the project information into German and French, so that we can inform guests of other nationalities.

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 9.17.54 AMFrom all the goods we received and from some leftover materials at the lodge, we were able to help a very poor pre-school in Ximunghwe to move forward a bit. A few of our staff members live in this village and they personally dropped off some clothing, soap, pens, crayons and paper. We hope that all the little pupils at Reneilwe Pre-School have much fun with these items.

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 9.18.09 AMIn the meantime we have been measuring and calculating a lot… As it stands now, the extension to the plot at the Orphanage project will be about 100 x 90 metres. How many bulldozers, rolls of fencing, corner poles, bricks, loads of sand and grass are needed to almost triple the size of the vegetable garden, build 2 locker rooms, a storeroom and to create a real soccer field? As soon as we have everything sorted out, we will be happy to share more detailed information with you. It would be just fantastic if we could make this extension happen this year!

Furthermore, we are trying to help the Mketse Primary School in Justicia as best we can. From the 603 children that come here every day, 25% are either orphans or are growing up in a vulnerable situation. The school has recently set up a vegetable garden to provide for some extra food for the children. The classes are unfortunately over-full, so a new classroom is very high on the wish list. If you would like to receive some more detailed information on this particular project, please feel free to contact us.

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 9.18.23 AMThe same applies to the Hlulani Trust: this is a farm just outside Newington Gate, where we, in close cooperation with the Mackenzie Trust, are trying to establish small farming projects. Thanks to Megan, we were able to hand over a brush cutter to Frank who, besides chicken farming, is trying to keep the property clean and accessible. As a trial project, Frank is also trying to grow herbs and special vegetables, which Savanna will purchase, if it all works out. In the meantime, a large piece of the land has been prepared in readiness to start a vegetable garden. As soon as ladies from different villages have been selected, the vegetable farming will start. If you would like to receive some more information on these farming projects, please do let us know.

We hope this newsletter keeps you informed of what Savanna is doing in the surrounding communities. If you have any questions or if you would like to find out how you can help, please feel free to contact Rinske Stege via

Warm wishes from The Savanna family

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