Travel with a Purpose
At Giltedge Africa we believe that travel can create a tangible and positive impact on local economies and Africa’s wildlife. We passionately support 5 non-profit organisations with our time, finances and donations.
If you'd like to get involved, you can visit one of the non-porfit organisations that we support. Or we are happy to add a volun-, edu- or eco-tourism project to your itinerary that's matched to your interests and skills. Have a look at our projects below.
VOLUN-TOURISM (SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT):
Uthando South Africa
For years we’ve been involved with a number of philanthropic organisations the most notable of which is Uthando South Africa: A Fair-Trade-accredited NGO that works with innovative community projects. Uthando South Africa is run by James Fernie who has a great passion for social justice. He runs philanthropy and cultural tours to schools, community projects and small township businesses for travellers.
Pack for A Purpose
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers to make a lasting impact in the community of their travel destination. Travellers can save just a few kilos of space in their suitcase and take supplies for the project that we support. It makes a priceless impact in the lives of the local children and families.
The items are gifted to the Emmanuel Educare Pre-School, situated nearby Giltedge Africa’s main head office. Emmanuel Educare serves around 180 children aged 3 to 6 years. Run by Westlake United Church Trust (a NPO) the pre-school lies at the heart of Westlake Village, a community plagued by high levels of unemployment and drug abuse.
Giltedge Africa is proud to support this local registered pre-school, which does great work in providing the children with the best possible start to their education. A staff of 12 teachers and training assistants look after 6 classes, with no more than 30 children per class. Each child is also given two meals (and nutritious snacks) daily.
Based on the great foundation laid at Emmanuel Educare, many children have gone on to excel both academically and in other fields such as dance. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project.
Afrika Tikkun helps children in South Africa’s townships by running “centres of excellence”. Afrika Tikkun uses a Holistic Developmental Model which involves programs aimed at providing education, health and social services to children, youth and their families at their “centres of excellence”. Currently, the organization is supporting 1,200 children; it’s patron-in-chief is former president Nelson Mandela. They aim to empower communities to develop new generations of productive citizens. If you’d like to get involved, have a look here or chat with us.
ECO-TOURISM (CONSERVATION EFFORTS):
Fair Trade Tourism promotes best-practice responsible tourism in Africa. The non-profit initiative is the frontrunner in the development of sustainable and responsible tourism in Southern Africa. We are proud to have received our Fair Trade approval in January 2018. Have a look at our Fair Trade tours in Southern African and East Africa. Read about our Fair Trade accreditation
Tourism Conservation Fund
Our very own CEO, Sean Kritzinger, is on the board of the Tourism Conservation Fund. The non-profit company, launched in January 2018, was started by Peace Parks Foundation and the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association. They support communities who live next door to South Africa’s national parks and conservancies by creating local enterprises, training and employment opportunities.
They assist entrepreneurs who were previously excluded from commercial opportunities; they want to overcome the legacy of exclusion that characterizes South Africa’s wildlife–tourism economy. Recently, the Tourism Conservation Fund launched the ‘Rhino Gin’. All the proceeds of the gin sales go to conservation initiatives who battle wildlife crimes.
EDU-TOURISM (CROSS–CULTURAL EXCHANGE):
Share your talents with individuals or organisations with similar interests. Depending on the skills you have we could connect you to a local university, medical clinic, local Girl Scouts, woman’s shelter, smaller non-profit or youth educational programme.
- Donate your time and expertise
- Share personal work experience