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Research shows that the most critical intervention for breaking cycles of poverty is Early Childhood Development (ECD). We believe that through eradicating poor early education, and by providing parents and teachers with knowledge, effective infrastructure, nutrition and stimulation, our local communities will start moving towards a more hopeful future.

Early Childhood Development (ECD)

The Kariega Foundation has partnered with specialist ECD training organisation Early Inspiration to assist us to sustainably support children, parents and teachers in our neighbouring communities.

Key objectives in this project are to:

  • conduct community needs assessments and a baseline evaluation of ECD centres in our communities.
  • uplift ECD centres to the level and standards required for them to register as recognized ECD facilities with the relevant government departments. This allows for ongoing financial and other support from government.
  • assist with educator training, infrastructure, nutrition and other needs to improve the day-to-day environment for the children.

Kariega Foundation Early Childhood Development

The role of parents in this process has also been largely neglected in the South African context. We recognize the importance of parenting knowledge and skills within this specific cultural environment. A collaborative approach to early childhood development incorporating parents, children, schools, clinics and the community, is vital in bringing about sustained change.

The Kariega Foundation's 2018 focus is on:

  • Whole child assessments
  • Classroom administration training
  • Principal administration training
  • Principal capacitation on parent engagement
  • Educator training and capacitation on the use of educational resources

How can you Support this Project?

  • Pack for a Purpose and bring needed items on our ECD wish list
  • Donate R100 to fund the cost of 1 planned training module for 1 child in 2018.
  • Donate R500 to fund the cost of all the planned training modules for 1 child in 2018.

Environmental Education

The ultimate sustainability of all conservation efforts is dependent on awakening hearts and minds of ordinary people and communities to the beauty and wonder of the natural world and the threat we present to it on a daily basis through our ignorant actions.

In partnership with the Kariega Volunteer Programme we have implemented an interesting, diverse and curriculum aligned environmental education programme with four local primary schools. The community schools are Ikamvalesizwe, Nompucuko, Farmerfield and Klipfontein. The schools serve over 1,000 children between the ages of six and 11.

Kariega Enviromental Education with Local Schools

In addition, we use the environmental education project as an opportunity to effectively distribute much needed supplies to the schools. At each environmental education lesson the schools and children receive much needed items. 

We have a full list of the requirements on the Pack for a Purpose website . These include food, stationery, clothing, first aid, kitchen, sport and office supplies. Every item donated by Kariega guests is hugely appreciated. 

Pack for a Purpose is an international organization that assists us to communicate our list of needs. This organisation encourages travelers to have a big impact in the communities they visit. Simply use a small amount of space in your luggage to pack supplies needed by our conservation and community projects. 

How can you Support this Project?

How can you Help?

Any help and support we get from anyone is hugely appreciated as it assists in expanding and maintaining the project.

You can help in many ways:
  • Spend some time in our Conservation Volunteer Programme and be part of the project first hand.
  • Bring any of the needed items for our local schools & ECD centres.
  • Contact us regarding required sports equipment.
  • Book an Aloe Community Tour during your Kariega stay.
  • Raise funds and awareness for rhino in your local community.
  • Make a tax-deductible donation (any size will help) to the Kariega Foundation in any of the following ways:
    - Donate via EFT (for international currencies) via our secure online DONATE NOW button below
    - Donate cash in a pledge envelope at the reserve
    - Add a donation to your account when you check out after your stay
    - Transfer a donation into the following bank account:

First National Bank
Account No: 62275606526
Branch: Newton Park
Branch code: 261050

Community Updates

We post regular updates on all of our Kariega Foundation community projects. Read our community updates.

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