Tuli Safari Lodge sponsors orphan house

Ground-breaking ceremony takes place at second orphan house project funded by donations at Tuli Safari Lodge

Tuli Safari Lodge is delighted to announce that it is sponsoring the construction of a house for four orphaned children in its neighbouring village of Mathathane. The house will follow the same design and purpose as the one Tuli Safari Lodge sponsored in another neighbouring village, Mothlabaneng, in 2008.

Tuli Safari Lodge worked with the community and social workers from the Bobirwa district to identify the neediest children. The four children, who are all cousins left in the care of their grandparents, are aged between 8 and 14 years of age. The house will contain two bedrooms, a bathroom, a small kitchen and a living room where the children can do their homework, and the plot selected borders their grandparents’ home.

The ground breaking ceremony took place on Tuesday 11thOctober, led by the Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture Hon. Shaw Kgathi and local Bobirwa District Councillor Ismael Legwaila. After their speeches, the two men had a short impromptu race to see who could loosen the most ground.

A total budget of BWP30,000 has been allocated to the project, using funds donated by guests, owners and friends of Tuli Safari Lodge. The community has committed to contributing all the necessary labour required for the construction. Hon Shaw Kgathi donated the first 10 bags of cement, and the local community also raised BWP302 to put towards the project. All the building materials will be sourced locally.

The villages of  Mathathane and Mothlabaneng are part of the Molema Community Trust, and partner with Tuli Safari Lodge in the Molema Joint Venture. Molema Bush Camp, close to Platjan border post, offers en-suite chalets and campsite accommodation (please see www.molema.comfor further information).

Responsible tourism is key to Tuli Safari Lodge’s operating philosophy. We are committed to protecting and conserving the area’s environment and wildlife, and contributing to community upliftment through employment, business opportunities and charitable programmes.