We at the Explorations Company have long supported Uthando (which means ‘love’), both directly with contributions and indirectly by encouraging every client who visits Cape Town to spend at least a day visiting the projects it supports.
We have come to know James Fearnie, the Founding Director of Uthando, very well since its inception in 2006 and we are always inspired by the passion he has for improving lives in one of South Africa’s most disadvantaged townships. Uthando’s objectives are to use their unique model of travel philanthropy to assist a range of innovative and inspiring community development projects.
Uthando is a non-profit and Fair Trade in Tourism Company and they raise funds and other forms of assistance for community development projects - above all else Uthando is authentic, uplifting, fun, inspirational, interactive and meaningful.
One can spend a morning, afternoon or full day visiting or indeed volunteering at a range or projects that are of the most interest to you – this can be tailor made to one’s own interests.
You can also, should you wish, adopt a project which you would like to fund, maybe one that speaks to you personally, or arrange a special event for example to a special tea party for some senior citizens while you spend some time with them, or fund a day out for them. The Explorations Company recently funded a Christmas Party for the seniors’ project and we were delighted to receive some pictures of them enjoying their time.
Uthando, through a grant project, supports multiple independent and well managed community projects which take a wide spectrum of forms, but all act to uplift the local community in their own innovative ways. Some of the many projects that we would recommend visiting include:
These are just a few of the many fantastic projects that make such a huge difference to people’s lives, but you can see a more detailed list on their website. Please consider spending some time with Uthando on your holiday to South Africa, or if you are not lucky enough to visit Cape Town in the near future, we would be so grateful if you might consider making a donation to them.
Please reach out for more information about this truly heart-warming charity.
Images provided courtesy of Uthando (Love) South Africa