Under a long term agreement with the Makuleke community RETURNAfrica operates a collection of safari products in the Pafuri area in the northern part of the Kruger National Park, South Africa. This provides the Makuleke people with a substantial fee income and important employment opportunities.
These communities rely heavily on tourism-sourced revenue which has been severely impacted during 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic. With the vital assistance of Jamma, RETURNAfrica supports three “Drop-In” centres – one in each of the three Makuleke villages.
The Drop-In centres provide after-school care for the most needy and impoverished children of the villages – including many orphans and children from child-headed households. In many instances, the Drop-Ins provide the children with the only solid meal they will have all day. 100% of the funds received are utilised to purchase food and firewood for cooking. The staff of the Drop-In centres are all community members who volunteer their services.