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Bring Water To Our People

Bring Water To Our People

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Much of the Tembe community has been without a reliable source of clean drinkable water for 10 years, due to continuing breakdowns in the pipeline that is supposed bring water from the Pongola River to the villages of Esicabazini and Sihangwane. So, for over 5000 of our people  (including women and young children) the reality of daily life has been a back-breaking, time-consuming trek with heavy water containers to and from unreliable sources of water in daytime temperatures that can exceed 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees F).
We have been assisting the community by trucking water from a borehole near the Park to the villages. However, in this drought-prone, water-scarce region - a more permanent solution needs to be found.
We have a plan, and we'd love you to help
We are planning to sink a new borehole & restore other boreholes near the Park's Southern border and pipe the water to the affected villages (where many of our staff and their families live). The Tembe community will contribute their labour to dig trenches free of charge, but we need to raise an estimated R200,000 to fund the boreholes, pumps and the estimated 10 kilometres of piping required.
Please consider donating any amount and help us bring dignity and water, a precious resource that we all take for granted, to a community in real need.

Donations

  • Feb 18, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "

    Thank you for a wonderful initiative. Hope target is reached soon.

    " - Arshmin Bhaga

  • Feb 17, 2020 - USD $ 28.31
  • "Good luck! " - anonymous

  • Feb 08, 2020 - USD $ 115.39
  • "De like Tembe park and tembe People. Have been there several times and will come again in April." - Krieger Karl+Erna

  • Feb 07, 2020 - USD $ 117.15
  • "Good luck with "Water for the Tembe Community" !" - Denise Kroehnert Camis

  • Feb 07, 2020 - USD $ 39.62
  • "thank you to the Tembe people...we hope this helps to reach your goal." - Jacquelene & Sheldon

  • Feb 07, 2020 - USD $ 26.30
  • "Thanks to the Tembe community for Tembe Elephant Park" - Lori DuVall-Jackson

  • Feb 07, 2020 - R 3 084.60
  • "We like to help the Tembe People , this is not a help for the Goverment it is for the People around the Tembe Park and in Memory of ISILO ,Mkadebona,Siqualo,Lebo and Isosha . " - Birgitt & Hans Buchholz

  • Feb 06, 2020 - R 203.50
  • "Every drop counts" - Helen

  • Feb 06, 2020 - USD $ 26.48
  • "Hope the project succeeds " - Nicky

  • Feb 06, 2020 - USD $ 14.30
  • "Every bit helps! " - Sarah Smith

  • Feb 05, 2020 - USD $ 35.60
  • "Water is life" - Anonymous

  • Feb 05, 2020 - USD $ 35.60
  • "A great idea and I hope this will go some way to help the Tembe people" - Jane Fraser

  • Feb 04, 2020 - R 1 028.20
  • "

    Water is so important!

    " - Kristel and Philip Manguzi

  • Jan 31, 2020 - USD $ 58.81
  • "To the Tembe family...we hope it helps a bit to bring this great project to sucess..." - Jumik

  • Jan 31, 2020 - USD $ 202.32
  • "Praying for the drought" - Sarah

  • Jan 31, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "

    Wonderful idea. Good luck!

    " - Trevoe Hulley

  • Jan 30, 2020 - USD $ 102.67
  • "We live in a part of the world with abundant water, and we sometimes take it for granted. My heart goes out to the women and children trying to obtain water under these extreme conditions." - Lisa Coughlin

  • Jan 30, 2020 - USD $ 144.02
  • "To my Tembe family with all our love from Steve and family" - Steve Perkins

  • Jan 29, 2020 - USD $ 21.04
  • "My cousin Jessica Pongonis who is teaching at a school there let me know about your drought. I know it's not much but I hope this helps. " - Victor Pongonis

  • Jan 29, 2020 - USD $ 71.80
  • "A very worthy cause." - Rich Lindie

  • Jan 29, 2020 - USD $ 71.80
  • "Tembe is an exemplar for the way ahead in human-animal-environment relations. The world needs more of this!" - Anonymous

  • Jan 28, 2020 - USD $ 216.88
  • "Tembe is such a magical place, which brought us such happiness. I hope this helps to improve the lives of the people." - Lawry family

  • Jan 28, 2020 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck! Hope you get the funding required " - Debbie

  • Jan 28, 2020 - R 205.64
  • "What a special place made up of special people. And what a great initiative. Good luck! " - Kath

  • Jan 28, 2020 - USD $ 28.92
  • "Good luck with the project!" - Anonymous

  • Jan 28, 2020 - USD $ 101.21
  • "Water is Life" - Trish Hawkins and Bob Greenberg

  • Jan 28, 2020 - USD $ 5.26
  • "Water for all" - KT

  • Jan 28, 2020 - USD $ 68.72
  • "Water is life." - anonymous

  • Jan 28, 2020 - USD $ 27.49
  • "Clean water for everyone - What a Great Idea" - Paul & Julia

  • Jan 28, 2020 - USD $ 36.15
  • "Hope this helps! I love the elecam! ????" - Lisa

  • Jan 28, 2020 - USD $ 57.99
  • "So necessary, and yet in your region so scarce" - M. Verbree

  • Jan 28, 2020 - USD $ 72.29
  • "Water is life" - Sheree Gurnell

  • Jan 28, 2020 - USD $ 36.15
  • "Good luck to Tembe Elephant Park in helping the local community & the local wildlife." - Morna

  • Jan 28, 2020 - USD $ 36.15
  • "Good luck with the project!" - Active Africa

  • Jan 28, 2020 - R 1 017.50
  • "A little help" - Leon

  • Jan 28, 2020 - USD $ 36.15
  • "Good luck with the fundraising, but it’s a shame that it has come to this" - Chris Jenkins

  • Jan 28, 2020 - USD $ 21.69
  • "So everybody benefits" - Malcolm Elias

  • Jan 28, 2020 - USD $ 72.29
  • "Water means life" - Brian Wilson

  • Jan 28, 2020 - USD $ 14.45
  • "Why cant the pipe that is broke be repaired by the relevant Government Department" - Neal Roberts

  • Jan 28, 2020 - USD $ 72.29
  • "You might think about applying with an NGO that could help you fund a borehole as well" - Anonymous

  • Jan 28, 2020 - USD $ 34.36
  • "Excellent initiative" - Kathy L

  • Jan 27, 2020 - USD $ 29.28
  • "Water is life, see you in april" - Christel Modin

  • Jan 27, 2020 - USD $ 73.20
  • "Great idea. " - Indigo Safaris

  • Jan 27, 2020 - USD $ 116.09
  • "Happy to support" - Alberto De Oliveira

  • Jan 26, 2020 - USD $ 13.92
  • "Such a good cause well done and thank you" - Rose Chaplin

  • Jan 26, 2020 - USD $ 137.69
  • "Water is life !" - Limbury

  • Jan 26, 2020 - R 308.46
  • "A great cause but why isn’t the government doing anything?" - Amanda

  • Jan 25, 2020 - USD $ 10.44
  • "Hope It helps a Bit...one day I will visit Tembe .." - Ju Si

  • Jan 25, 2020 - USD $ 27.54
  • "Thank you for such wonderful memories" - Chris & Richard Denham

  • Jan 25, 2020 - R 514.10
  • "I hope this helps , we will be visiting again in March . " - Janice Price

  • Jan 25, 2020 - USD $ 27.54
  • "Good luck with the appeal" - Rob & Rosanna

  • Jan 25, 2020 - USD $ 34.79
  • "I hope this donation makes a difference" - Ayanda Gumede

  • Jan 25, 2020 - R 2 056.40
  • "Thirst is worse than hunger" - Ernest

  • Jan 24, 2020 - USD $ 27.52
  • "Water pipes" - Luke Robbertse

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 46 127.98

Fundraising target

R 250 000.00
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Tembe Elephant Park Development Trust

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The Tembe Elephant National Park falls within the Tembe Tribal ward and was proclaimed in October 1983, after ‘the late’ Chief Msimba Tembe donated the land for the formation of the reserve. The reason for this was to try to help conserve and protect the sand forest and its many unique flora and fauna species and to create a refuge or place of peace for the last naturally occurring population of the African elephant (Loxodonta Africana) in KwaZulu-Natal.

Originally only the southern, eastern and western boundaries were fenced with game-proof fencing. This allowed the elephants passage to and from Mozambique until 1989 when the elephants were more settled and the northern boundary between Mozambique and the reserve could be properly fenced. The park was only officially open to the public two years later in 1991 when the elephants were deemed safe to view. Today there are more than 220 elephants in the Park, with some of the biggest Tuskers in Southern Africa.

Community Upliftment

Tembe is an unparalleled community conservation success story. The Tembe tribe owns and manages Tembe Elephant Lodge on their own ancestral land. Tembe Elephant Lodge is testimony to the care and pride the Tembe people take in a project that continues to uplift their community in many ways.

Tembe Elephant Park has grown to become the biggest private-sector employer in the region and is the largest contributor to the local economy. The Lodge currently employs 55 people, all from the KwaTembe region who are provided with professional training in hospitality or as guides.