“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, and its pupils could use the following items:
Please help Arathusa Safari Lodge to assist the Hananani Primary School to ensure all children are given the opportunity to further their education.
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for the projects we support in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families.
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