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Youth Development

Our youth development projects aim to provide the ideal environment for youth to learn life skills and unleash their potential as people and participants.


Through sport we believe children can be guided to develop their critical social and emotional competencies that have been proven to improve a child’s chances of success in learning and life. These competencies include self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills, decision making and optimistic thinking. The initial focus of this project is on netball and rugby.

The Kariega Foundation is working with the local schools and government to upgrade and maintain the local sports grounds in order to facilitate an inter-schools sports league for netball and rugby. The Foundation also supports a dedicated team of sports coaches who collaborate with volunteers and teachers to ensure that teams are well coached and the sports league runs effectively. We have partnered with CoolPlay to train our coaches to incorporate critical conversations that support developing people of worth as well as players.

How can you Support this Project?

  • Pack for a Purpose and donate something from our sports wish list (project 2#).
  • Donate R125 to fund one sports coaching session in 2018.

Kariega Foundation Youth Development Netball Sports Team

Boma Dancers

The Kariega Foundation supports a dance group called ‘Indoni Ezenthe.’ This isiXhosa name translates into English as ‘The Girls.’ The group first came together a few years ago to perform at a Dancing For Rhino fundraiser in Kenton-on Sea. They so enjoyed the experience that they have been dancing together ever since.

The Kariega Foundation facilitates the opportunity for this group to sing and dance for Main Lodge guests on boma nights. The Foundation ensures that the dancers are safely transported and chaperoned to the reserve and home again for each performance.

In addition, the performers earn their annual school uniforms and sports kits as well as their monthly toiletries. The opportunity for these young women use their talents to support themselves is hugely empowering and instils a tremendous sense of self-pride and respect.

The group is directed by Nomawethu Ngangquwho, who is also the Kariega Foundation’s community coordinator. The Foundation funds an annual camp for the group where Nomawethu draws on various aspects of the COOL TO BE ME social-emotional learning curriculum to promote their personal development.

How can you Support this Project?

  • If you enjoyed their performance leave an additional donation for them at reception on departure.
  • Pack for Purpose and bring additional female toiletries.

Kariega Boma Dancers Youth Development Programme

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.