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An award winning model of Responsible Tourism and Travel Philanthropy

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Uthando (meaning love in Xhosa) is a unique non-profit and Fair Trade in Tourism accredited organisation which aims to raise funds for life changing community development projects in South Africa.

Despite its breath-taking natural beauty and diverse cultures, South Africa has many acute social challenges – millions of its citizens live in extreme poverty and face daily struggles to survive, let alone flourish. Motivated by love, compassion and respect for our common humanity, Uthando seeks to form part of the solution to meet these challenges.

As an award winning model of Responsible Tourism and Travel Philanthropy, Uthando is drawing on an extensive network of cherished partnerships in tourism and community development, with the ultimate goal of linking these two sectors in a myriad of innovative, sincere and meaningful ways.

Through their deeply respectful and culturally-sensitively Philanthropic Tours and experiences, Uthando celebrates their Proudly South African culture, while shining a light on the many deserving but hitherto unsung community heroes whose efforts so often go unrecognised and unrewarded.

Through a powerful combination of love and action, Uthando works to make South Africa, and the world, a better place.

Uthando South Africa offers authentic, uplifting, fun, inspirational, interactive and meaningful tours for individual travellers as well as groups of any size visiting the community projects with which Uthando is working and supporting.

The Uthando Tour covers an extensive discussion on South African history, the legacy of Apartheid as well as in-depth information on the political, social, economic, cultural and local issues confronting South Africa today. The core focus of the tour however is visiting interesting, innovative and inspiring community development projects and the incredible people driving these projects.

We shine a light on the good work being done by so many good people, and at the same time help these wonderful individuals to continue with their efforts.

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How does The Explorations Company through its charitable foundation Philanthropy Plus, support Uthando?

Uthando is the most inspirational up-liftment programme based in Khayelitsha which supports disadvantaged people living in the various townships around Cape Town.

We have long supported Uthando, 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

How can you get involved?

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.

How can I make a donation?

There are many more ways you can help towards our goal. We understand that your giving is important to you and we want you to do it in the way that suits you. If you would like to find out about more ways you can support Uthando, please contact our Individual Giving Manager at [email protected] and find out how we can make the best of your generous contributions.

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