• Drakensberg Canopy Tour
  • Drakensberg Canopy Tour
  • Drakensberg Canopy Tour
  • Drakensberg Canopy Tour
  • Drakensberg Canopy Tour
  • Drakensberg Canopy Tour
Drakensberg Canopy Tour

The Proud Schools Project is a programme for rural schools in the Central and Northern Drakensberg initiated by the Bushman’s River Tourism Association (now Drakensberg Experience - Best of the Berg) six years ago. If you have any sporting equipment (especially soccer or volley balls) that you no longer need or extra plants, cuttings, shrubs please contact Dolly Warburton on 071 6885330 or dolly@drakensbergretreat.co.za More About Proud Schools Project: Schools in rural areas face many challenges, including poor facilities, lack of maintenance, and a shortage of water. Despite such obstacles, many teachers are dedicated to making a difference and creating a better learning environment for their pupils. The aims of the Proud Schools Project (PSP) are twofold. 1. Tourism Awareness. The children are made aware of the concept of tourism and the possible future jobs available, are taught how to behave towards tourists and given skills such as map-reading and budgeting. 2. Environmental sensitivity. The children are taught to have pride in their schools, have a recycling programme where possible, grow flowers and keep the grounds neat, as well as establishing a vegetable garden both to supplement their diet and are encouraged to grow vegetables at home. Via an international project they become an Eco-School and can achieve the prestigious Eco-Flag. The aim is that pupils carry these principles into their adult lives, benefitting themselves and society. Presently, ten schools are part of this project. Last year new water-tanks were installed, guttering and pipes were repaired, and lockable taps were installed to conserve water. Roofs and a number of classrooms were repainted. The schools received trees and other plants, mostly indigenous, to generally uplift the school grounds. Assistance was also available with regards their Eco Projects. The needs of each school are assessed and money is budgeted accordingly, but, regretfully, through no fault of the project, Drakensberg Experience’s previous funders are now directing all their funding efforts towards tertiary education within the civil engineering field. The project has made tremendous progress in the few short years and it will be a tragedy should we not be able to continue assisting our rural schools going forward. Our 2015 budget was only R150,000.00 so we appeal for donations to help us keep this very worthwhile project alive. Payments should be made directly into the following numbered account and we are in the process of registering PSP as a Non-Profit Organization (NPO) and obtaining an 18A certificate from SARS. All accounts are audited by Spence and Hefer Chartered Accountants in Estcourt and all spending is with the prior approval of the Drakensberg Experience steering committee. All donors will be welcome to visit the schools, by prior arrangement with Dolly, to see the difference their generosity is making in these children’s lives and receive regular e-mail updates should they so wish. ACC NAME: PROUD SCHOOL S PROJECT BANK: STANDARD BANK ACC NO: 0000251336344 BRANCH: 007725 (LADYSMITH) Please use the reference Proud Schools Project for any donations ... See moreSee less

Posted 23 hours ago

Drakensberg Canopy Tour

Great article in Fedhasa magazine: 48 hours in the Drakensberg, a weekend full of thrills. Read more here ... See moreSee less

Posted 1 week ago

Drakensberg Canopy Tour

Happy #FreedomDay! We hope you're out in nature, soaking up the magic of the great outdoors. We certainly are... but then that's what we do everyday ... See moreSee less

Posted 1 week ago

Drakensberg Canopy Tour

With Freedom Day on Wednesday and a long weekend coming up, what do you have planned to do with your free time? We hope you'll be getting out into nature. There's nothing like spending a day in the great outdoors or sharing an adventure with family and friends! ... See moreSee less

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