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/
- 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.