A little bit of context
Themba Mthembu is one of many community bird guides that have been trained by BirdLife South Africa over the past 16 years and is a shining example of how a man who has dedicated his life to improving the lives of his community and spreading the word of conservation can succeed. In recent years Themba did more than just bird guiding on a daily basis and he established Zulubirding Consulting. The company introduces school children and the youth to the importance of bird conservation and sustainable use of the environment. The centre seeks to facilitate the relationship between man and nature so that they can live in harmony with each other.
Themba established the company at TembeElephant Park -The edu-care and backpackers centre. The centre boasts accommodation facilities and a conference hall, which is designed for boardroom meetings and training services during the visitors short stay in the area. The value-for-money rates make this an affordable destination in the local area. The locally qualified bird guides and facilitators will showcase their abundant knowledge of birding and other wildlife and cultural knowledge. The guides are available to do formal training as well as daily guided tours or longer if required. The centre focuses mainly on avi-tourism and bird conservation, but is also well suited for backpackers, schools, and community excursions.
But there’s a problem
We are now at a critical point in the building construction and are in need of financial support. The centre needs electrical, flooring and furniture to finish the construction project.
Here’s what we’re doing about it
At this point, Themba (company owner) is saving every dollar he can to put toward this project. He has also readhed out to a fellow friend and wildlife photographer in Canada to help raise funds.
The project wants to help improve the local tourism services penetrate the high tourism burial entry, through skills programs, training and development, and target unemployed youth, men and women, to enable them to gain skills in the work place and to instill in them a diverse respect and knowledge of their natural surroundings.
We are looking to raise $6000(us) in order to make this space useable. This will be put toward electrical, flooring, doors and furniture. Another donation site is available at robbiegallant.com on the websites store page. We are desperately trying to make a difference, are you willing to help?