Ndi a ni funa Tshulu
- By: Dean Salant
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/ndi-a-ni-funa-tshulu
Personal messageLocated in rural northern Limpopo province, the chieftancy of HaMakuya is home to Tshulu Wilderness Camp, which serves as an eco- and cultural tourism venture, encouraging guests to experience first-hand the cultural richness of the local TshiVenda people. Tshulu Camp is entirely community-owned and managed, through the Tshulu Trust: a not-for-profit, community-based organization that aims to address poverty within the community, and whose mission is to improve the capacity of community members to sustainably capitalise on their natural and cultural resources. Currently, the income from groups that stay at Tshulu Camp covers the small
monthly stipends of Tshulu Trust’s 14 volunteers. The Homestay programme
provides a small income for more than 30 impoverished households through hosted homestays for visiting students. Regular academic groups visit haMakuya, staying at Tshulu camp and participating in Tshulu’s homestay programme in HaMakuya’s 18 villages that also generate some income for host families. It is a beautiful area but however “idyllic”, HaMakuya has not yet peaked on its rise out of the incredible hardships faced by its residents: the village suffered systematic underdevelopment during the apartheid era and is currently recognized as a natural poverty node – one of the poorest in the country. With little access to resources such as water and basic healthcare, under-resourced schools, the Trust acts as a major source of income to the community members in the form of skills development, employment, exposure and capital. Since March 2020 all groups have cancelled their haMakuya trips. This is
devastating for Tshulu Trust – no member of staff has received any money since
March year and each staff member supports large extended families.
The Tshulu Trust board is doing everything it can to raise funds from various
sources, but development funding is also scarce in the current climate.
As a graduate and present Wits Music students and staff, we appeal to you to help keep the doors of Tshulu Wilderness Camp open and the work of the Tshulu Trust alive. The absence of funding for Tshulu will result in devastation for the local community in terms of income to continue its community development work, and for the academic institutions that benefit so much from “the haMakuya experience”.
As graduate students of the Wits Community Music Project, we have benefitted from the transformative experience of teaching and making music with the people of HaMakuya.
We care about the children we’ve taught, the musicians we’ve performed with and the families we’ve stayed with. It is time to give back to ensure that Tshulu Trust’s important work in cultural and edu-tourism continues.
Ndi a ni funa HaMakuya and Tshulu. Follow us on social media: Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-DRFmVback&feature=youtu.be Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Ndi-a-ni-funa-Tshulu-104189984728542/ Instagram - https://instagram.com/ndi_a_ni_funa_tshulu?igshid=ulpo506074ha Website - https://www.tshulutrust.org/
- Jan 15, 2021 - USD $ 104.96
- "A life changing and important experience " - Anon
- Dec 01, 2020 - R 160.00
Sending love and strength to this incredible community." - Anonymous
- Nov 29, 2020 - USD $ 100.00
- "Thinking of you! Hope to be able to come back and see you all in 2021. Sending our love from the states! " - Molly Simon
- Nov 23, 2020 - R 1 000.00
you have all had an incredible impact on our students over the years..." - Laurence
- Nov 23, 2020 - USD $ 97.67
- "Thinking of you all and sending my love! Look forward to returning in 2021." - Sarah Cox
- Nov 22, 2020 - R 528.75
- "Hope this is of some small help. " - Anon
- Nov 17, 2020 - R 1 200.00
Tshulu has had a significant impact on my life and I am forever grateful for this. God Bless." - Kat King and Alta V.A
- Nov 12, 2020 - R 528.75
- "Thinking of you all" - Anonymous
- Nov 10, 2020 - USD $ 13.11
- "." - Kat
- Nov 09, 2020 - USD $ 19.05
- "Thanks for setting this up" - Amanda Mullins
- Nov 09, 2020 - R 105.75
- "Continue to do great work in our communities " - Collen Mpila
- Nov 09, 2020 - R 200.00
- "Hope we can all get through the COVID depression together. Ndi a ni funa." - Anonymous
- Oct 29, 2020 - R 528.75
This organisation needs to continue its work post Covid! This experience had a big impact on my life! And needs to continue to do so to others!" - Bradley Lithgow
- Oct 26, 2020 - R 528.75
- "Let's get to R50 000 for the dedicated and loyal Tshulu staff who have received very little income this year. Every rand counts. " - Susan Harrop-Allin
- Oct 14, 2020 - R 105.75
Looking forward to the next Tshikona" - Anonymous
- Oct 13, 2020 - R 500.00
Thank you for everything you continue to do for all of us, Tshulu!" - Anna
Tshulu Trust is a community-run organisation in HaMakuya, a rural chieftaincy in Northern Limpopo, which benefits marginalised groups. It aims to facilitate the community's ability to sustainably use and conserve their natural and cultural resources. It works to improve the livelihoods and wellbeing of the local community through job creation, micro enterprise development in tourism, conservation, and indigenous cultural activities (music, arts, crafts). It supports education, sustainable development, and research.