Lwandle Hiking Club
Lwandle Hiking Club (LHC) is a non-profit company that was established for community youth and young people from previously disadvantaged community in Lwandle, Strand. The organisation was created to connect the youth and young people with nature, through our guided and unguided hikes on various protected areas (Nature Reserves, Botanical Gardens) within the Western Cape. Our organisation has offices at Nomzamo Community Trust Business Centre, Nomzamo; Strand. In November 2018 we started a community initiative through the Lwandle Hiking Club with a focus on environmental awareness and public education. Its purpose is to drive and steer environmental education programmes within focus in the Helderberg basin (Lwandle, Nomzamo, Chris Nissen Park and Asanda Village). Following is the vision and the objectives for the Lwandle Hiking Club – Environmental Education Programmes.
To grow the educational aspects of the club, through our environmental education programmes.
- To increase environmental awareness on three environmental themes: water awareness and conservation, waste management and mitigation, and biodiversity enhancement.
- Recruit and involve community youth and young people on various environmental initiatives.
- To reconnect the youth and young people with nature, through environmental day trips and visits.
Current Partnership and Project
Lwandle Hiking Club (LHC) is currently a recipient of the Table Mountain Fund (TMF) Small Grant Fund through Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET). To run the environmental education programmes for Lwandle community Schools, and the environmental education programmes are for Nomzamo High School and Khanyolwethu Secondary School and the programmes are only for grade 10s. This programme started in November 2018 and has less than 60 learners, from both schools. This programme will run until the end of September 2019 and it will come to an end.
However, Lwandle Hiking Club is forever applying for more funding to ensure the sustainability of the project and submitted project proposals to the following organisations: Cape Town Environmental Education Trust and Table Mountain Fund. Our intention is to keep the project forever running, as we want to grow within the space of environmental awareness and public education. We would really be excited to raise funds of about R100 000 to keep the project running so that we can to more schools in our community.