Fundraising during COVID-19

(14 April -25 May 2020)

As we moved into Lockdown Level 3 we felt it was important for you to see the progress we have made as the Outreach arm of Umbabat at one of the NPO’s we support: South African Medical Expedition (SAME) in Sigagula Village, Acornhoek, Mpumalanga.

We are incredibly grateful to have collaborated with Nkombi-Rhino, A Spring of Hope, and Timbavati Foundation.

Although we have been running a Food Parcel Campaign, you would have seen from various posts that there is also a daily feeding scheme at SAME, which at its peak reached 154 children arriving on one day! SAME gives each child a vitamin, a packet of e-pap, and a piece of fruit. However, the ability to do this is all based on donations. With the e-pap running out Umbabat was able to facilitate the donation of 1000 portions of porridge through a partnership with Nkombe-Rhino. 

Furthermore, the need for fresh vegetables and fruit is essential to a balanced diet. Initial food parcels were very basic and lacked fresh produce. After contacting Hlokomela, we were put in touch with Try-Give from A Spring of Hope who kindly offered to deliver a bakkie-load of fruit each week, which was being donated by the local farmers in Hoedspruit. The Umbabat food parcels have morphed into a top-up food parcel ensuring fresh vegetables are also included, this is in collaboration with a variety of other partners in the landscape so as to feed as many families as possible. 

With many of the lodges closed, “spring-cleaning” seems to be the order of the day, which facilitated many donations from the Timbavati Foundation of bedding, hot-water bottles, gowns, etc.  to our Winter Warmer Campaign.   Over and above this Ntsiri has donated 40 brand new body warmers and fleece jackets and John Llewellyn, from Ingwelala, donated 4 duvets. Thank you.

Thus far, we have raised over R90,000, and to date, we have contributed to 250 family food parcels. 

2018-2019 Annual Report

The Umbabat Outreach Programme was initiated in July 2018 with Lindsey Jones being appointed as the Communications and Stakeholder Manager, and Splender Tshabalala as the Environmental Monitor.

A decision was taken to prioritise the funding and projects on Orphans and Vulnerable Children, and the Youth – particularly skills development, learnerships, and job creation.

However, the outreach is not just isolated to the Umbabat management but also members within the internal reserves, and Motswari. The following report reflects on some of the highlights and successes.

Click here to read the full report. 


Ingwelala Community Project: July 2019

The Pretoria Region JHR’s were very privileged to be invited by Ingwelala Share Block to host a CSI (Community Service Initiative) with the children at the Staff Village, as well as host the children from the Louis Botha Children’s Home during the school holidays. To read more about the experience click here