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It all started in 1999 with a vision to create a space where people could live and learn together in an ecologically sustainable environment. We share the story through the people that were part of shaping it. In 2019 the Sustainability Institute is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. We reflect back on this amazing journey, and share our story as told by some of the people that made all of this possible. The design of the Sustainability Institute was done by keeping in mind how available local resources could be incorporated into the infrastructure, how existing infrastructure could be reused and how the natural elements could be used to cool and heat the buildings. Take a look at how it all came together, as explained by the original architect, Gita Goven. The SI is committed to putting children at the heart of what we do. Education is a right for all children and our core work focuses on enabling access to quality education for children from the Lynedoch Valley. This is our third video which focuses on the various programmes related to the children and youth. You will get a glimpse into the Lynedoch Children’s House, SPARK Primary school, the Youth Hub programme and Lynedoch United Football Club. The Lynedoch Eco-Village is a mixed community organised around a child-centered learning precinct. It strives to be a working example of a liveable ecologically designed urban system that is self-sustainable. Above all else, the Lynedoch Eco-Village provides a safe space where South Africans from all backgrounds can live in peace with each other and in harmony with nature. In our fifth video, we share some reflections from residents. The Sustainability Institute hosts programmes designed to challenge conventional thinking and open minds to new ways of doing and approaching the known while incorporating the entire space at the Institute as part of the learning experience. Take a look at the different educational programmes we have been offering since 2003. Food brings people together. At the SI we not only prepare delicious locally sourced organic food, but our food garden provides fresh vegetables and herbs used in daily meals for the children, students, and guests. We reconnect people with where food comes from, and our food garden and approach to food serves as a beautiful living-learning environment. When the Institute started in 1999, there were not many trees and wildlife around. To restore the natural ecosystem and to create a green space protected from any buildings or development, a piece of land was put aside for an indigenous woodland. Over the past 16 years our students, guided by the vision of our woodland custodian Bryce Anderson and Fumanekile Qhinga, have helped to plant trees and shrubs that have grown into this beautiful, peaceful woodland. Today it is flourishing and what was once a barren space, is growing into a dense forest of trees and shrubs. The woodlands provide an opportunity for solitude and connection to nature.
At African Impact, we create the most transformative and impactful volunteer experiences on the planet for communities, wildlife and volunteers. The year was 2004 and a handful of well-traveled people sat around a table in the heart of the Zimbabwean wilderness. With backgrounds in tourism, development and conservation, they knew they wanted to do something great. They wanted to use their passion and skills to start a travel company that made a difference. They wanted to introduce people to the Africa they knew. The people. The wildlife. The magic. When we opened our doors to our first batch of international volunteers, we were a small, family-run organization with big dreams. It didn’t take long to see that there were a lot more people like us. People who wanted to travel while truly experiencing a country at its best, and worst. People who wanted to genuinely connect with the local people and to leave a place better than they found it. We grew and opened new volunteer projects in new countries across southern Africa. We eventually set up home in the most beautiful city in the world, Cape Town. As the industry grew we recognized that doing the right thing, being responsible, doing good, and still providing travel experiences was, at times, complicated. We grappled with what we were… a travel company? A tourism company? How was the volunteer experience related to the impact they made? The industry was evolving, and so were we. We are incredibly lucky to have an amazing team of people behind African Impact, most who started as volunteers and have been on this journey since the beginning. This is our strength and what has allowed us, over the years, to go beyond volunteering, to focus on what it does best; provide an exchange of ideas and mindsets. We’ve learned that if a community has total buy-in and ownership of a project – and a volunteer is truly informed about their own role and contribution to this – volunteering has the power to transform both a community and a volunteer. That is a beautiful thing and what we witness every day on our projects. Ultimately, our goal is to take volunteering, internships and group travel as far as it can go, combining genuine impacts with extraordinary experiences. Our story isn’t over, we haven’t even scratched the surface. So, learn more about us, ask the right questions and if we’re the right organization for you, we’re excited to welcome you on our journey.
Projects Abroad has spent over 25 years helping our participants fulfill their potential and make the world a better place. In the days before the internet, smartphones and budget airlines, an English University Professor and some overseas colleagues had an idea: What if young people could become international volunteers? They could learn new skills and contribute to communities at the same time. That was over 25 years ago and we’ve never looked back. While plenty of other companies have followed where we lead, we’re still the gold standard in international volunteering and internships. Every Project is built on our commitment to: safety, hassle-free travel and making a real impact. Projects Abroad is a social enterprise which means we employ a business model to tackle the world’s social and environmental challenges. Our staff are all either in-country locals who we train and support, or ex-volunteers, who have been there, experienced the projects and seen what a difference they make. Our plans for the future are big. We believe that meaningful travel provide a defining experience for young people as they move from adolescence into adulthood, and we know that the work we do transforms communities. We’re making the world a better place, one participant at a time.
Moja combines in a single application the functionality of multiple apps. Moja is an enterprise engine designed to empower both entrepreneurs and consumers through trade, training, network-building, and financial inclusion. Moja empowers entrepreneurs to transact business locally and across borders, build trade networks, learn digital marketing and business skills, and access a full range of services, including loans and insurance. Moja empowers consumers with a complete suite of educational offerings, a trustworthy environment in which to shop for products, a means to communicate with their community, and a broad range of value-added services. Moja is a platform for flourishing—a complete ecosystem on a smartphone. It has an elegant interface designed specifically for the practices and preferences of Africans. Moja is not a Western clone and is not based on any existing platform. Moja 1.0 combines in a single application Moja Marketplace, a culturally adapted and innovative b2b and b2c trading platform; Moja University, an e-learning environment; and Moja Connect, a business-oriented social networking system. But this is just the beginning. Subsequent releases will include a full suite of financial services (Moja Pay), a mobile-based loan and insurance facility (Moja Money); a full range of innovative mobile-based and value-added features; and a greatly expanded curriculum in Moja University.
Hans-Juergen Wiegand is a man who lives his work passions and family, with determination. A philanthropist, who has held important positions in the chemical and automotive world, in particular with Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz). He loves to travel, attaining knowledge and experience from different cultures. These experiences have shaped him, with a particular acumen in recognizing the best in human beings. Hans thrives on helping young people, to realize their dreams, as he has realized his own. Hans is an inspirational leader, with the competence to restructure and transform organizations. He is very flexible with people, and stands like a rock when it comes to principles. Whatever happens, he will always stay positive.
Roberto Salomone è un professionista originario di Cuneo che ha mantenuto quei profondi valori Piemontesi che hanno l'intelligenza di guardare al futuro e adattarsi, con elasticità, al mondo in continuo cambiamento. Appassionato della Valle Maira, sito Unesco, da cui la sua famiglia trae le sue origini, usa le sue capacità imprenditoriali per creare sviluppo e lavoro per gli uomini d'affari e le giovani generazioni, con uno sguardo rivolto verso la vicina Costa Azzurra e oltre le Alpi. Il suo studio di Dottore Commercialista si trova in pieno centro città, dove da anni col socio dott. Agnese segue i clienti non solo in Piemonte ma anche in tutt'Italia e all'estero. La cura e l'attenzione che pone nel suo lavoro, fa sentire il cliente sicuro e la sua professionalità e conoscenza del settore e delle dinamiche italiane, lo rendono capace di districarsi con certezza e profonda onestà nel dedalo di leggi in continua modifica e aggiornamento, tipiche dello Stato di diritto Italiano. Roberto Salomone is a professional originally from Cuneo who has maintained those deep Piedmontese values that have the intelligence to look to the future and adapt, with elasticity, to the constantly changing world. Passionate about the Maira Valley, Unesco site, from which his family draws its origins, uses his entrepreneurial skills to create development and work for businessmen and the younger generations, with a look towards the nearby French Riviera and beyond the Alps. His firm of Chartered Accountant is located in the city center, where for years with his partner dr. Agnese follows their customers not only in Piedmont but also throughout Italy and abroad. The care and attention he places in his work, makes the customer feel safe and his professionalism and knowledge of the sector and of Italian dynamics, make him able to extricate himself with certainty and deep honesty in the maze of laws that are constantly changing and updated, typical of the Italian rule of law.
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