“Employment is an extremely scarce commodity in our area. We have an unemployment rate of up to 90%! Through the employment we’ve offered within our lodge over the years, Arathusa has made a direct contribution to the extremely poor communities around the Sabi Sand Reserve. We are part of this community. We know the people, their children and families and provide a living to them. This is something I have taken a personal interest in, and consider it my responsibility as a lodge owner in the reserve.”
[Hannes Feuth, Owner of Arathusa Safari Lodge]
Arathusa Safari Lodge focuses its external social responsibility on assisting the Hananani Primary School in the local community of Dixie. Dixie is a small village with only 1 000 households, and children from this community used to have to walk kilometres to the nearest primary school in search of education.
Mr Mdlulu Petrus, a businessman from the nearby community of Manyeleti (and owner of a construction company), recognised the need, and voluntarily build a primary school in Dixie which opened in January 1983. The name ‘Hananani’ appropriately means ‘giving’. Mr Petrus is well-known in the surrounding communities, and has through the years build a number of schools, a clinic and even post office to serve their people.
The Hananani Primary School initially offered education to learners from Grades 1 through 6. However, in 2008 the new principle, Mrs Concillia Zimande, had the school upgraded and education is now offered from Grades R through 7. Seven teachers educate more than 220 learners in a variety of subjects, including English, Mathematics, Life Skills/ Life Orientation, Technology, Natural/Social/Economic Sciences and Creative Arts.
To date, 120 young learners have graduated from the school after benefitting from the daily security, care and support from a team of invested teachers and staff.
The Hananani Primary School is always appreciative of support. Please click on this Pack for a Purpose link for a list of items required.
Please help Arathusa Safari Lodge to assist the Hananani Primary School so we can ensure all children are given the opportunity to further their education.
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a bit of space in your suitcase and take supplies for the projects we support, you’ll make an enormous difference in the lives of our local children and families.