Singita’s 100-year purpose is to preserve and protect large areas of African wilderness for future generations.
The brand’s ethos of touching the earth lightly is underpinned by its sustainable conservation model that helps to balance tourism with conservation – which is imperative for the survival of the land, wildlife and communities under its care.
Hunting and rampant poaching across Africa over the years has wiped out local wildlife populations and in turn plunged surrounding communities into poverty. Singita’s far-sighted work in South Africa alongside the Singita Lowveld Trust supports access to quality education, including holistic early childhood education, digital learning and scholarships. It also includes enterprise development to help communities create alternative sources of income, as well as environmental awareness initiatives to ensure the success of conservation efforts.
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Empowers Africa has partnered with Singita in order to provide a cost-effective solution to fundraising in the United States by acting as their fiscal sponsor. Any donations made here will be granted to the Singita Lowveld Trust, which works in partnership with Singita.
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Covid-19 relief and recovery support
The Singita Lowveld Trust (SLT) has been unwavering in our support of our Community Partners through this global pandemic. The evolution of our COVID Relief has shifted from short emergency relief in 2020 – providing monthly food parcels to the many pre-schooler families who battled through hard lock down with no source of income or government grant support. In 2021, we adjusted our covid relief support as the South African lock down levels eased, ensuring all 17 of the Early Childhood Development centres we support were able to meet all the Covid Protocols. We provided all the centres with the necessary PPE materials as well as health and safety training for centre manager and staff to ensure the centres could safely open their doors and successfully remain open throughout 2021.
Thanks to strong donor support, the SLT and its partner Africa Foundation delivered 2 863 food parcels to the neediest children and their families at 26 preschools in the region, helping approximately 11 500 local community members. The food parcel programme has now been suspended due to the lifting of the lockdown, although we continue to monitor the situation.
Subsequent covid relief has focused on ensuring all ECD Centres could open safely and remain open despite this pandemic throughout 2021. All have welcomed the children back to their classrooms, with all 17 centres staying open throughout 2021 – a remarkable achievement that only 4% of all National ECD centres managed to achieve. Each term the schools’ needs are reviewed and necessary PPE resources (mobile hand washing stations, sanitisers, thermometers, kitchen and classroom cleaning materials, masks) delivered.
We are extremely grateful to our donors for making these ECD Centres a safe haven for the children as the pandemic progresses.
As we help our community partners navigate the road towards recover, the emphasis of our covid recovery is now on helping them build back better, with our fundraising will now returning to our strategic annual ECD Resource Drive which provides essential educational toys and equipment to stimulate the children’s holistic development. We are proud to be holding our first ECD Resource Drive in 18 months. In December 2021, we will be equipping the 19 – 36-month classrooms to ensure these facilities are safe, stimulating educational environments.
South Africa – Singita Lowveld Trust
K9 Anti-Poaching Unit
Singita Sabi Sand / Kruger National Park
The K9 Anti-Poaching Unit in Singita Sabi Sand is essential in an ongoing quest to stay one step ahead of rhino poachers in Singita’s 45,000-acre concession. Patrols are conducted 24 hours per day throughout the year by professional handlers with tracker dogs, trained to track both animals and humans. The permanent presence of highly skilled sniffer dogs is also helping to shift the focus from reactive to proactive law enforcement, catching poachers before they have succeeded in killing wildlife. Furthermore, detection dogs sniff out weapons and other poaching tools, thereby reducing future poaching incidents.
Singita Community Culinary School
Singita Kruger National Park
Enables local, trainee chefs to qualify – after a year-long programme – with an internationally recognised City & Guilds qualification. Students receive theoretical and practical training, a stipend, uniform and equipment. Employment is facilitated – either at a Singita lodge kitchen or at other lodges in the Kruger National Park – on graduation.
Holistic Early Childhood Development Support
Singita Sabi Sand / Kruger National Park
Through the Singita Holistic Early Childhood Development Support programme, children are supported to fully develop in physical, cognitive, psychological and social domains. Principals, teachers and parents receive valuable training and and the ECD Resource Drive, made possible by donations from Singita guests, provides the books, educational toys, creative arts and fantasy kits, and outdoor and indoor equipment needed to make each classroom a centre of excellence where children make great strides towards reaching full potential.
Singita Sabi Sand
In partnership with the Good Work Foundation (GWF), this programme delivers digital-era literacy education and career training via community-driven digital learning centres of excellence, of which there are currently five around the Sabi Sand area. Singita recently strengthened its partnership with GWF via a three-year commitment to the Justicia Digital Learning Campus (JDLC), located in the village closest to Singita Sabi Sand.
Anti-Poaching Unit Technology
Singita Kruger National Park
Maintaining the integrity of our reserves and the fragile ecosystems that exist within them is a primary concern for Singita’s conservation teams, with anti-poaching operations as a critical part of our effort to stem the tide of this illicit trade. Nothing can substitute a traditional well-trained, well-motivated and well-resourced team of anti-poaching scouts. However, through innovative deployment of high-tech modern technology, we can significantly increase their effectiveness.
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