Tourists raise cash for Aids orphans

2008-07-27 00:00

British tourists visiting Isandlwana Lodge were so moved by the plight of local people there that they returned home and set about raising R140 000 to help them.

Pat Stubbs, co-owner of the lodge, said that in 2007, while on a visit to the battlefields, two couples from the UK, Ian and Margaret Duncan and Richard and Allison Hilken, donated money to pay school fees and uniforms for a child.

“But once back in the United Kingdom, they arranged a formal ball with all proceeds going towards starting a food programme for over 95 Aids orphans in the village.

“Gifts of local crafts were sent from the village to be given away at the ball,” said Stubbs.

“These were auctioned off instead, thereby contributing to the R140 000 raised.”

During May 2008, the first of the food parcels was delivered to the families caring for the orphans.

“The family members gathered in great numbers to help carry the food and to thank the organisers.

“It was a heart-warming sight with many of the people saying, ‘Ngiyabonga’ [thank you] over and over again,” said Stubbs.

The project is administered by The Wild Foundation, a United States-based NGO.

The organisation has contributed greatly to the upliftment of the villagers through sponsoring community gardens, chicken farming and craft making and working with the schools through the Edu-Peg programme.

A co-ordinator in the village follows through on all the contributions given by Isandlwana Lodge guests and takes charge of projects such as the food parcel programme.

For more information about this project or any other work going on in the community, call Stubbs at 034 271 8301.

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