As 2012 comes to an end, we would like to say a huge thank you for all the support we have had throughout the year! Hand me Down, along with Maliba Mountain Lodge have managed to redistribute Hand me Downs to over 1200 people this year, which is a huge achievement!
Although Hand me Down is a fairly new initiative, SA Adventure has always been involved in community and sustainable development projects around Southern Africa. What we have found truly amazing working with the Maliba Community this year, is the shear respect amongst the community. The Community workers are brilliant; they are always there to help our volunteers and the community, they serve selflessly! They are fully aware of those who are most in need and create an environment of working together for the betterment of others. The recipients of Hand me Downs are called up one by one, from a line of probably 400 people at a time. They are listed according to level of need, not age or gender! How phenomenal! I have to say that it is not only a humbling experience to witness, but we could learn a few things from these communities!
So to all of you, who have been involved, thank you! It has been an absolute privilege.
In 2013, we would like to build on our existing project and start using Hand me Down as a tool to enable sustainable development projects within the community. We would like to see the Hand me Downs not being redistributed as a hand out but rather redistributed as reward for local improvement. The Hand me Downs would individually be a direct reward, however collectively the community will be working towards sustainable developments, such as vegetable gardens supplied by SA Adventure and Reel Gardening!
Written by Michele de Kreek (SA Adventure)