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Support rural families affected by COVID-19

Support rural families affected by COVID-19

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Hi there, my name is Johann Stadler and I grew up in rural Eastern Cape. Twenty years ago we opened Mdumbi Backpackers in Tshani Village, on the Wild Coast. Since then the backpackers has evolved into a joint shareholder business with various rural community members who are also employed at the backpackers.

The beneficiaries of this fundraiser are the members of our rural community who run small unregistered businesses that operate based on tourists visiting our backpackers. These businesses are their main source of income. A source that has been cut off since there are no more tourists traveling due to the lockdown.

Examples of these businesses are local guides that do nature hikes and cultural tours:
- Local fishermen who sell fish or do fishing tours
- People who sell oysters, crayfish and mussels to the backpackers restaurant and guests
- Ladies who sell beads to the guests and backpackers
- The local shebeen owner who we direct all our guests to
- A potter who sells his pottery in our shop
- Homeowners who rent their homes out to hikers on the coast or volunteers that work at our local NGO Transcape (www.transcape.org)
- Night watchmen and builders, we hire on an ad-hoc basis
- Cleaners we hire on an ad-hoc basis

The business owners mentioned in the introduction have no access to relief funds as they are not registered businesses. The process of becoming a registered business is an inaccessible one for them and therefore they are unable to access the relief funds made available by the government. This is why we are turning to the public to help us supplement the income of these rural community members of the Transkei.

Our target fundraising amount will allow us to provide the identified people of Tshani village with a fixed, once-off amount of money to help with the lack of income these past three weeks. We also intend on buying food parcels to hand out to these families and anyone affected by a loss of income.

We have identified the various stakeholders who are most dependent on the constant flow of tourists that visit our backpackers. This number totaled to 25 persons (keep in mind they each take care of their households so the impact is far-reaching).

Our target funds will allow us to give each family R1600 as well as purchase R20 000 worth of food (mielie meal, samp, milk, bread, peanut butter, etc) to pack and distribute to families in need. The funds raised and distributed will act as a buffer for them until we start receiving guests again. Their businesses will then be able to continue operating.

The funds will help them put food on the table for themselves and their families as well as have transport money to get their children back to school when everything reopens.

Donations

  • Jul 29, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Sending all our love" - Marelise and Nicole

  • Jul 02, 2020 - USD $ 58.05
  • "Good initiative!" - Don Hunter

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Sending all our love" - Marelise and Nicole

  • May 29, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Sending all our love" - Marelise and Nicole

  • May 29, 2020 - USD $ 28.69
  • "Such a magical place, great idea to help support the people there" - Lliam

  • May 21, 2020 - USD $ 55.48
  • "Hang in there! " - James Britton

  • May 19, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "one of my favourite places in the world" - David Terblanche

  • May 18, 2020 - USD $ 107.57
  • "Take care" - Witold CHOMICZ

  • May 18, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Great initiative- keep doing such wonderful work" - Neale Campbell

  • May 11, 2020 - USD $ 40.00
  • "Dankie and enkosi for all the memories; hope to see you all again." - Paul Czekaj

  • May 07, 2020 - USD $ 30.00
  • "Take care, we had a wonderful time at Mdumbi just before the lockdown started, we hope things go back to normal soon love from the Netherlands" - FleurJoni

  • May 05, 2020 - USD $ 10.73
  • "Sending love" - Juul

  • May 02, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "be well. stay well" - stephen abelsohn

  • Apr 30, 2020 - USD $ 16.55
  • "Good luck in the future!" - Franzi Meier

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you!" - Tshani cottage

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Sending all our love" - Marelise and Nicole

  • Apr 25, 2020 - USD $ 10.49
  • "Sending lots of love" - Eilidh

  • Apr 24, 2020 - USD $ 52.44
  • "Bless you guys " - Margreet

  • Apr 24, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Keep up the good work" - Jenni Miller

  • Apr 24, 2020 - USD $ 20.97
  • "All the best to the people at Mdumbi, such a beautiful place, looking forward to coming back again getting some waves and having oysters for breakfast!" - Theresa

  • Apr 24, 2020 - USD $ 60.00
  • "A great idea! Thinking of you guys" - Danny

  • Apr 23, 2020 - USD $ 53.16
  • "Stay safe!" - André Fabry

  • Apr 23, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Thanks for taking care of everyone️" - Annemarie

  • Apr 23, 2020 - R 10 500.00
  • "Shotgun a room when the first swell hits post-lockdown! Love and thanks to all at Mdumbi." - Anonymous

  • Apr 23, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    Great initiative, happy to support

    " - Anonymous

  • Apr 23, 2020 - R 2 512.00
  • "

    This is an amazing initiative! This place and the people are very close to our hearts.Thanks Johann, for doing this!

    " - Caroline and Hyman

  • Apr 23, 2020 - USD $ 49.51
  • "Sending love to my brothers and sisters in South Africa" - Isabel Rachlin

  • Apr 23, 2020 - R 1 575.00
  • "Wishing you all safety and hope this will be over soon so everyone can come visit again and come see all of you. Well done for this great initiative. " - Dean

  • Apr 22, 2020 - USD $ 52.64
  • "Thanks for the great job you are doing!" - Judith

  • Apr 22, 2020 - USD $ 26.32
  • "Hoping everyone will get through this difficult time. Sending you all hugs and kisses!" - Tamara

  • Apr 22, 2020 - R 150.00
  • "You are amazing Mdumbi community!" - Karen

  • Apr 22, 2020 - USD $ 10.53
  • "Good luck during these difficult times️" - Mieke van schoor

  • Apr 22, 2020 - USD $ 5.26
  • "Keep it up! " - Julian

  • Apr 22, 2020 - USD $ 52.64
  • "wij ondersteunen dit initiatief van harte" - Tet en Rob

  • Apr 22, 2020 - R 2 512.00
  • "

    great initiative!

    " - Mirthe and Vincent

  • Apr 22, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    So cool! Love Mdumbi - Keep safe

    " - Anonymous

  • Apr 22, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Thanks" - !!!!

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Thank you" - Ashley

  • Apr 21, 2020 - USD $ 50.69
  • "Much love." - Gill and Eric

  • Apr 21, 2020 - USD $ 5.00
  • "Happy to help" - Barbara Cook

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Miss and love you guys - stay safe xx" - Dawn

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Happy to help" - Lisa Loubser

  • Apr 21, 2020 - USD $ 61.38
  • "Keep up the great work." - Max c

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "All the best to the Mdumbi community, keep on keepin' on" - Kathryn

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 2 000.00
  • "Great cause - defo needs someone spearheading this - who better than Mdumbi Backpackers!" - Marieke, Toby, Kirra, Connor

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Love to the Mdumbi residents of the Wild Coast during these uncertain and challenging times." - Sarah

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Sending all our love" - Marelise and Nicole

  • Apr 21, 2020 - USD $ 10.67
  • "It isn't much I'm afraid. Mdumbi backpackers should be held up as a paragon of responsible tourism and excellent community-mindedness. Well done to you all and I really hope I can visit again soon!" - Jess

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 2 625.00
  • "Sending lots of love to the Mdumbi community" - Marike & Will

  • Apr 21, 2020 - USD $ 106.74
  • "Johann you're an inspiration to the world! Stay awesome and much aloha" - Marco & Mariko

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Sending our best wishes to our friends in the rural Eastern Cape xx" - Bee & Jac

  • Apr 21, 2020 - USD $ 53.37
  • "This is a terrific initiative. I salute all the work that Mdumbi Backpackers has been doing to support local communities and more than happy to provide support! " - Haifa

  • Apr 21, 2020 - USD $ 160.11
  • "Good on you for reaching out Johann! Glad to help support the lovely people of Tshani village. One day I hope to be able to return to beautiful Mdumbi where I’ve always felt so at home :-) " - Margriet Maarsingh

  • Apr 21, 2020 - USD $ 26.68
  • "Lekker bezig Johan, cheers " - Danique

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    I did my Master research with the community, I understand the importance of tourism in the community' socio-economy well. Thank you for making this opportunity to give back.

    " - Tania and Zimi Duba

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    :)

    " - Chris

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 3 012.00
  • "

    Great initiative, Johan! Good on you!

    " - Kirsten Neuschafer

  • Apr 21, 2020 - USD $ 9.99
  • "Happy to contribute! Blessings to all of you!! " - Julia Carone

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 13.33
  • "Sending you my love, stay safe!" - Rianna

  • Apr 20, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Great initiative. We hope to return soon to visit your beautiful spot and people, sending strength during this tough time." - The A Team

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 106.67
  • "Great initiative. Good luck! " - David

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 26.67
  • "We had a wonderful visit in 2018, and felt so welcomed by your local community." - Jill

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 99.93
  • "I had a great time there! So sorry that things are hard, hope this helps." - Tyler

  • Apr 20, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Beautiful part of our beautiful country" - Glynis

  • Apr 20, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "Well done a fantastic initiative!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 53.33
  • "God bless you all." - LeAnne Lemmond

  • Apr 20, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "An amazing idea. Thanks to the team on the ground serving the people. A special part of the country indeed. I hope to visit and support Mdumbi and the area soon." - Dave

  • Apr 20, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Thank you Mdumbi! " - Coopers

  • Apr 20, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Legends" - Anonymous

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 53.33
  • "All the best for you guys! xxx" - Annika Wehrle

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 27.13
  • "I wish you all the best and I hope you are coming through this crisis safely. " - Angelika

  • Apr 20, 2020 - R 262.50
  • "A great initiative thanks for organizing. Hopefully see you soon Mdumbi!" - Britt

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Because I want the local mamas to keep on singing their beautiful songs. " - Franck - Paris

  • Apr 20, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck Johan" - Don

  • Apr 20, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Stay safe. " - Robynne

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 10.67
  • "Sending love and good vibes during these difficult times !" - Alice BT

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 24.00
  • "Hopefully this will help a little! Stay safe everyone" - Jana

  • Apr 20, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Beautiful place and community that has given me so much!" - Jason Cameron

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 53.33
  • "Great idea. Keep up the good work and all the best for the Mdumbi community!!" - Jannetta Kambeel and family

  • Apr 20, 2020 - R 2 625.00
  • "We are always willing to help the Mdumbi community - love to you all!" - Tanton Family

  • Apr 20, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Hope this helps, keep Mdumbi awesome please." - Vikash Rikhilal

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 5.33
  • "Sending love and strength to Mdumbi, great initiative!" - Lisa

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 26.67
  • "Great Initiative " - Julian

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 74.67
  • "Sending loads of love to the beautiful community of Mdumbi! " - Anni

  • Apr 20, 2020 - R 250.00
  • "Well done Mdumbi Backpackers!" - Janine van Schoor

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 40.00
  • "Thanks for supporting the community! " - Lea & Steve

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 53.33
  • "South Afrika is a very special Country to me. The Wild Coast is a magical region to me. Mdumbi Backpakers is a place my heart will allways remember! " - Björn Preuß

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 53.33
  • "IN UNION THERE IS STRENGH. Stay strong! " - Esther Ehrhardt

  • Apr 20, 2020 - R 262.50
  • "Thanks for empowering the community!" - Nida

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 10.67
  • "Keep up the good work and positive intentions " - Natalie

  • Apr 20, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Thanks guys" - Anon

  • Apr 20, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "This is a great idea... Thanks for making the opportunity available to help out! " - Anonymous

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 25.00
  • "Great idea :) " - Alex Benner

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 54.30
  • "Keep it up Johann! " - Ijme

  • Apr 20, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Well done Mdumbi" - Troy

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Johann Stadler Community Support Cause

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My name is Johann Stadler, I grew up in rural Transkei, and 20 years ago I decided to open Mdumbi Backpackers in Tshani Village, on the Wild Coast. The beneficiaries of this fundraiser are the members of our rural community who run small unregistered businesses that operate based on tourists visiting our backpackers. These businesses are their main source of income. A source that has been cut off since there are no more tourists traveling due to the lockdown. Our target fundraising amount will allow us to provide the identified people of Tshani village with a fixed, once-off amount of money to help with the lack of income these past three weeks.