The Grow Africa Foundation is committed to improving and enriching the lives of the communities that we are a part of. In Zimbabwe, at Elephant’s Eye Hwange we have launched several initiatives that are aimed at making a sustainable difference in the Dete community.
In rural Zimbabwe, one of the biggest obstacles to children’s education is a lack of resources. Families survive on as little as $2 a day and often struggle to make ends meet. Education is one of the most important tools that can be used to break the cycle of poverty but school fees need to be paid and sometimes there simply isn’t enough money at the end of the month after covering basics such as food and shelter. The school cannot waive fees as they too need to cover operating costs and pay teachers’ salaries.
Grow Africa and Elephant’s Eye, Hwange are closely involved with Dingani Primary school and assist through many initiatives, the most basic of which is maintenance and upkeep of the building and more ambitious projects such as Project Penya and sponsoring an Early Childhood Development teacher, this is all made possible through the help of our partners and guests at the lodge.
One of the initiatives that we are incredibly proud of, is the pledge to sponsor a full year’s school fees for a child at Dingani Primary for every guest who stays 3 nights or more at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange. Guests who choose the lodge for their safari holiday will play a vital role in ensuring a positive future for a member of our community and it requires practically no effort on their part. Of course, if they wish to get involved in further initiatives they are more than welcome to do so. We are so grateful for this support but the most grateful of all is the student who knows that they can continue on the path to an education that will change their and their family’s life.