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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 to 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 R250,000 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.

UPDATE

 

Phase 1 has already begun !

Due to your tremendous support for our Tembe Water appeal, with over R75 000 already donated as well as much-needed offers of technical aid, the work has begun.

While we still have a way to go towards our fundraising target of R250 000, the money raised so far has allowed us to begin Phase 1 of the project, with the refurbishment of a borehole and pump to supply Sihangwane village with water.

Next will be the provision of 3 water points along 3 km of new-laid piping.

Phase 2 of the project will be slightly more complex involving the drilling of a new borehole, refurbishment of 2 boreholes and pump points and the laying of approximately 5 km of pipeline to supply water points and tanks for use by the people of Esicabazini village.

Donations

  • Jul 03, 2020 - USD $ 31.18
  • "Keep up the good work, happy to support your good cause & the Tembe Elephant Park waterhole." - Kerstin Vogel

  • Jul 01, 2020 - USD $ 211.00
  • "Thank you" - The light

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "This is gift for my daughter" - Vivie

  • Jun 28, 2020 - USD $ 112.13
  • "Stay tuned! We often think of you and admire what you get going for your people, nature ... and us touristis." - Christiane, Michael and Vincent

  • Jun 23, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    Keep up the good work Ernest

    " - Zwelakhe Qwabe

  • Jun 23, 2020 - R 2 012.00
  • "

    Pleased to support a community that provides a warm welcome and great hospitality

    " - Ray and Ann Stout

  • Jun 13, 2020 - USD $ 58.63
  • "Together we are strong... good luck for all off you" - Regina from Germany

  • Jun 07, 2020 - USD $ 62.64
  • "I am happy to help your community. I hope you will continue to take care of your beautiful land and your precious animals" - Ninfa

  • Jun 03, 2020 - USD $ 61.16
  • "Good luck!" - Ute & Mathias

  • Jun 02, 2020 - USD $ 30.23
  • "Everyone should have good enough good drinking water." - Cathy Granholm

  • May 29, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "This is gift for my daughter" - Vivie

  • May 26, 2020 - USD $ 22.77
  • "Very good idea!" - Jutta Obenlueneschloss

  • May 24, 2020 - USD $ 5.98
  • "Hope you are all healthy and hope to be back sometimes at nature’s best!" - Gabriele

  • May 22, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "All the best" - Pam

  • May 21, 2020 - USD $ 193.16
  • "Please apply this money to the repair of the Asibuyeni Primary School." - Jane Mealy and Judy Schneider

  • May 14, 2020 - USD $ 28.80
  • "Thanks to you I go on safari every morning from despite being locked down in suburban London. Best webcam anywhere." - Matt

  • May 12, 2020 - USD $ 211.00
  • "Having experienced your water issues first hand, please accept this modest donation." - Jim Clark

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "This is gift for my daughter" - Vivie

  • Apr 26, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Wonderful initiative " - FURZANA

  • Apr 26, 2020 - USD $ 27.79
  • "Glückwunsch zu dieser Aktion und wir hoffen, dass sie gelingt. Außerdem freuen wir uns auf ein Wiedersehen mit der Tembe Lodge im kommenden Jahr. Good luck Doris und Juergen aus Osnabrück in Deutschla" - Doris und Jürgen Bitter

  • Apr 26, 2020 - USD $ 11.12
  • "I hope this helps" - Caroline

  • Apr 26, 2020 - USD $ 22.23
  • "Congratulations on the continued success of your water project." - Judy Schneider

  • Apr 26, 2020 - USD $ 55.58
  • "All the best with this project. From New Zealand. " - Carol and Garry

  • Apr 25, 2020 - USD $ 52.75
  • "essential" - Chris Sigel

  • Apr 25, 2020 - USD $ 11.12
  • "Love Tembe. Glad to help. " - Lori DuVall-Jackson

  • Apr 25, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Great initiative, thank you " - Helen

  • Apr 25, 2020 - USD $ 11.12
  • "You’re doing great work, thank you" - Sabine Wanders

  • Apr 25, 2020 - USD $ 55.58
  • "Good luck with the project. " - Ina Reinecke

  • Apr 22, 2020 - USD $ 111.08
  • "This is a thank you for your web cam which keeps me sane during the English winter - and lock down!" - Jen

  • Apr 21, 2020 - USD $ 28.15
  • "That is a good program, thanks for the webcam all the years." - Gisela

  • Apr 18, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "best wishes for the next time - stay healthy! I hope to visit your wonderful place sometime ..." - MinnaS.

  • Apr 18, 2020 - USD $ 26.67
  • "This is a wonderful project! Now in Corona-times when it's not possible to travel I often look at the live webcam of the tembe waterhole. It is wonderful to see all the animals behaving in came nature" - Jutta Lemcke

  • Apr 17, 2020 - USD $ 56.76
  • "Gold luck with your projekt." - Christian und Angelika Karwacki, Germany

  • Apr 17, 2020 - USD $ 170.28
  • "Since we cannot visit Tembe this year due to the Pandemic, we gladly make another contribution to bring Water to the People Project. Hope this will inspire others to contribute." - Urs & Ursula Thierstein

  • Apr 16, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Stay healthy! " - Silke

  • Apr 16, 2020 - USD $ 28.18
  • "Stay healthy" - Karin

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 112.00
  • "

    Tembe A very special place and people Good luck

    " - Anonymous

  • Apr 14, 2020 - USD $ 14.59
  • "Thank you for your wonderful work and for giving me such simple joy connecting to the waterhole through your webcam every day in these challenging times." - Kate Thomas

  • Apr 14, 2020 - USD $ 29.19
  • "Thank you for keeping South Africa beautiful." - Basil DuBois

  • Apr 13, 2020 - USD $ 105.08
  • "We've visited Tembe twice from literally the opposite side of the planet. We enjoy the animals and we love the people. Aloha!" - Ian Evans & Luanna Meyer

  • Apr 12, 2020 - USD $ 29.19
  • "I visit through the Web Cam daily and really enjoy feeling I am near to so many beautiful animals. Thank you." - Sue Kidger

  • Apr 12, 2020 - USD $ 21.02
  • "Happy to support you" - Tembe guests

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Best wishes to all this involved in this great initiative " - Lisa Tonini

  • Apr 11, 2020 - USD $ 105.50
  • "Deep gratitude... life giving water to the people :)" - The Light

  • Apr 11, 2020 - USD $ 23.35
  • "My way of saying thanks for the webcam. Much appreciated" - Brian Margetson

  • Apr 10, 2020 - USD $ 29.19
  • "Good luck! Best wishes from Germany." - Claudia, Emilia and Benjamin

  • Apr 10, 2020 - R 367.50
  • "A wonderful initiative. " - Emma

  • Apr 10, 2020 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Everyone deserves clean water." - James Clark

  • Apr 10, 2020 - USD $ 58.38
  • "What a great project!" - Angelika and Rudi

  • Apr 10, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "I hope you achieve your goal" - Hooker Incorporated

  • Apr 10, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "This is gift for my daughter" - Vivie

  • Apr 09, 2020 - USD $ 58.04
  • "Fantastic plan. We enjoy the virtual Tembe safari evefy day." - John and Marij

  • Apr 09, 2020 - USD $ 54.01
  • "Viel Erfolg! " - Caroline Scheid

  • Apr 09, 2020 - USD $ 55.01
  • "Good luck! " - Julia

  • Apr 09, 2020 - USD $ 27.50
  • "water is the new gold" - Michaela

  • Apr 09, 2020 - R 518.76
  • "drop by drop :)" - Margarida Carneiro

  • Apr 08, 2020 - USD $ 49.51
  • "thank you for asking......" - anonymous

  • Apr 08, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    We are happy to help the community of Tembe

    " - John Yorke

  • Apr 06, 2020 - USD $ 56.90
  • "Good luck in realizing your plans" - Wolfgang & Rebecca Keil

  • Apr 04, 2020 - USD $ 53.22
  • "one of the fascinating places in the world-hope you get no corona virus!" - Wolf -Bernhard Schill, Germany

  • Mar 31, 2020 - USD $ 29.50
  • "Good luck with your project - so important" - Nicola Avery

  • Mar 20, 2020 - USD $ 527.50
  • "I was born in South Afric and live in America and your webcam keeps my love for Afric and the animals connected." - Jennifer Hertslet

  • Mar 19, 2020 - USD $ 18.77
  • "With love to the wonderful people of South Africa" - Duke

  • Mar 16, 2020 - USD $ 32.68
  • "Sending love." - Anonymous

  • Mar 10, 2020 - USD $ 66.09
  • "Glad to support a great community effort" - anon

  • Mar 10, 2020 - USD $ 531.21
  • "Water to the people!" - Dan Kalafatas and Hadley Mullin

  • Mar 09, 2020 - USD $ 26.74
  • "Good luck with this well needed project!" - Deborah

  • Mar 09, 2020 - USD $ 26.38
  • "No wonder I dreamt of returning to Africa just before I woke up this morning! " - Jan

  • Mar 09, 2020 - USD $ 133.99
  • "HOPE THAT OUR CONTRIBUTION WILL HELP TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE TEMBE COMMUNITY" - URS & URSULA THIERSTEIN

  • Mar 09, 2020 - USD $ 107.19
  • "We hope this helps bring the much needed water to the people in your community. Thank you for all that you do!" - Lisa and Tom

  • Mar 08, 2020 - USD $ 113.94
  • "Thank you for allowing us to share in your journey. We visit the Tembe webcam daily and so appreciate your stewardship of the land and all who live on it. " - Anonymous

  • Mar 04, 2020 - USD $ 25.83
  • "I hope this will hydrate all the people and the animals with fresh water" - David

  • Feb 26, 2020 - USD $ 65.84
  • "We hope that we can help a bit" - Linn, Bernd & Dorte

  • Feb 26, 2020 - R 205.64
  • "good luck" - Roger

  • 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 128 832.75

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.