There is a word in Africa that we hold dear. “Ubuntu” relates to the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. If there is one person who embodied the spirit of “Ubuntu” in South Africa, it was Nelson Mandela.
We at More Community Trust are a non-profit organisation whose core objective is to provide meaningful support for our local communities.
Projects undertaken are all self-sustainable, as our belief is that by enriching communities to contribute their own effort and skill, projects are kept alive into the future. Each member of the community has a role to play, and in so doing inspires a secured pride, responsibility, accountability and happiness in community members.
We are committed to building ongoing, meaningful relationships with local communities. We identify that only through passing on the benefits of what we have learnt in our lives to the local communities can we create a sustainable model.
It is in our opinion that education is a critical success factor for our young democracy as while our government is providing leadership and direction in the larger parts of our economy we need to tackle the challenges in these very rural and often forgotten about areas of South Africa.
About Motshabaesi Primary School
The school serves 234 children from the Obakeng Village, most of whom come from very poor families, and do not stay with parents but with guardians (grandparents, aunts and uncles or members of the community). Many of these parents/ guardians are unemployed, and the only meals the children eat are those they get at the school. The government supplies the school with food on a weekly basis for this purpose.
Motshabaesi Primary consists of 4 classrooms and a couple of temporary container classrooms that accommodate between 30 and 50 learners each. There is no administrative equipment (which they are in desperate need of), or library.
Despite being subsidised by the government, the school battles to support the children that they “foster” during the week.
They need help.
PACK FOR A PURPOSE It was some three years ago that we were approached by a representative from Pack for a Purpose who had seen Madikwe’s sister reserve, Lion Sands Game Reserve, on an episode of ‘The Bachelor’. Pack for a Purpose has facilitated a direct bridge between our small piece of Africa, and the rest of the world. Since the inception of the Pack for a Purpose and MORE partnership, the following initiatives have directly benefited.
- HENNA PRE-SCHOOL
- OBAKENG SCHOOL
- INJONJO CRECHE
Thanks to Pack for a Purpose, hundreds of our guests from around the world have arrived on safari, and in the Mother City with more than just dreams. Their suitcases have been packed to the brim with basic yet necessary supplies as listed on the Pack for a Purpose site, which have had an exponential impact on the lives of the very young recipients at the receiving end. For us at MORE, Pack for a Purpose provides an easily achievable way of making a valuable and long lasting contribution to people in dire need. With the rise in global responsible tourism, we are thrilled at being able to afford our clients with the option of making a difference through this very worthwhile initiative. Click here to read more about how you can get involved.
Just by staying with us, every guest empowers us to make a difference. But some wish to make individual personal contributions. Should you wish to get more involved, please contact Maike Bailes, Community Manager.