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Astroturf for Kiddies Educare

Thank you JACADA TRAVEL for supporting the continued development of early childhood development centres. The play area at Kiddies Educare in Philippi was recently radically transformed with the installation of a high-quality astroturf. Kiddies Educare provides quality pre-school learning for 70 young pupils under the guidance of principal Margaret Makhafola and her dedicated staff. In 2010 Uthando in partnership with donors and stakeholders transformed Kiddies Educare from a shack structure to a decent double story brick building. Uthando continues to assist

Amazing Tripadvisor Reviews!

The Best Township Tour I have ever seen by Chris Thwala from Safari365 As a young black child growing up in the township I always felt special yet intimidated when white people would visit out Township (Alexandra, Johannesburg). The visitors would take photos of us, give us sweets and we were told to sing for them. No, no, no.. that is not the case with Uthando Tours, they are more concern about changing the face of South Africa, not putting money

Uthando supporting farmers through PEDI

For the 2019 Soil Health Day workshop, Uthando supported 5 farmers to attend and learn about how to improve degraded soil by using the new principles of regenerative agriculture. The principles, such as covering soil, planting continuous cover crops, and not plowing the soil, has the ability to restore soil to its proper functioning when it was a virgin soil. Zodidi Meke said of the day, “I learned the importance of the cover crops before in school, like legumes adding nitrogen

Zama Dance School Annual Showcase inspires hope

What a joy for clients attending an Uthando Tour on the 13th of December  to experience children performing ballet and dance at Zama Dance School in Gugulethu with guest dancers from the Cape Academy of Performing Arts and Cape Town City Ballet. After the tour Mike Gathercole sent the following lovely note; “Thank you Uthando for taking us to Zama Dance School. It was inspiring seeing such amazing local talent growing up in Gugulethu.  I was filled with hope for the

Celebrating with the beautiful seniors

Clients Christine Collard and Philippe Dorleans in the thick of the celebrations A highlight in Uthando’s annual calendar is the year end christmas parties with the seniors at the three seniors projects with which Uthando works : Sinovuyo, Masibathande and Neighbourhood Old Age Homes (NOAH). There is much singing, dancing and fellowship, sharing the spirit of Ubuntu which they epitomize. The seniors are so incredibly loving, kind, generous and just beautiful. Uthando sponsors all of the parties as well as giving

Uthando hits 300 reviews on Trip Advisor !

A very big thank you to the clients who went to the effort of reviewing the Uthando Philanthropic Cultural Tour on Trip Advisor. On the 17th of December Uthando hit 300 reviews,  98% of reviews rated the tour as excellent and 2% very good with the Uthando Tour listed at “#13 of 446 Tours in Cape Town Central” The 300 the review : “James led our university group (professor and 15 students) to four different non-profit organizations in different townships. At

Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium Roethenbach in Bavaria HUGE success towards helping Masibulele Educare

Class 10a from Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium Roethenbach in Bavaria, Germany, raised 1100€ (R18 079.71) to help at #LetsBuildMasibulele. Inspired by their English teacher Simone Suenkel, who got to know Uthando in 2016 when she visited South Africa, the class organized a bazaar  ”READ FOR SOUTH AFRICA“ with a second hand book sale. The students created bookmarks, painted pictures and sold South African wine at their summer party at school, where guests also generously donated towards construction of the new early childhood development centre,

University of Washington Group

Uthando hosted a group of study abroad students from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA led by their Professor from the Department of Law, Societies and Justice. The group has been based at the University of Cape Town for several weeks. The group is in South Africa to learn about local criminal justice issues and especially focused on at-risk youth projects. Uthando introduced the group to dynamic and inspiring change-makers (and their teams) in this field in their respective communities, namely

2018 Travel Beyond (Sweden) / Livingstone Safaris Africa Evening and Auction

Travel Beyond hosted a very successful Africa Evening and fundraiser auction in Stockholm, Sweden, on the 5th of September 2018. The evening was an opportunity to showcase Africa to Travel Beyond clients and raise money for the construction of Masibulele Educare in Khayelitsha. Thank you to Travel Beyond, Livingstone Safaris, all of the contributors to the 11 itineraries which we auctioned off and the incredibly kind and generous attendees who helped raise the remarkable figure of 620 000.00 SEK (Swedish Krone)

An emotional moment of gratitude for Mahatma Gandhi

Truly emotional and magic moments happen frequently during Uthando tours. Whilst visiting the Moya we Khaya Garden in Khayelitsha, Mama Christina Kaba produced her passbook (which she was forced to carry during the apartheid years) to show Arun Gandhi. During the exchange Mama Kaba thanked Arun Gandhi on behalf of his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi, for his tireless efforts to eradicate racial discrimination and hatred both in South Africa and around the world. Millions of black South Africans were imprisoned for “tresspassing”

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