At African Bush Camps Foundation we are part of a special family of hard working and motivated people, who are committed to sustainable community development in creating opportunities that empower rural communities located in vulnerable wildlife areas around our Safari Camps in Zimbabwe and Botswana through Education, Community Empowerment, Community Infrastructure and Conservation.
Each year we seek sponsorship for the Vulnerable and Orphaned children of Main Camp Primary and Mambanje Primary Schools with whom we have partnered over the years. These schools are both rural and on the outskirts of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, the families of these children are unable to pay for the school fee’s because of the level of poverty that they live in and as children who have not paid their fee’s are not allowed to attend school, we make sure that they do not drop out.
We have developed many wonderful partnerships with generous people over the years who have become part of our worldwide family and we are ever so grateful to them and their dedication to supporting us.
One of the best occurrences is when our very own employees takes an invested interested in being part of the African Bush Camps Foundation and believing in what we do.
Maneta is a 34 year old single mother of two beautiful daughters Paida (12) and Chiedza (9). She was born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe the City of Kings and Queens and briefly stayed in the resort town of Victoria Falls where she was introduced to the wonderful industry of Travel & Tourism in 2005 to 2010. In 2012, she moved back to Bulawayo to join the African Bush Camps family and has been enjoying the various experiences and opportunities at the fast growing establishment. Besides designing life changing safaris, she also is involved in her community, church and children’s school.
In her own words Maneta says;
“I learned to give, not because I have much but because I know exactly how it feels to have nothing. Having just enough to get by as I was growing up, sometimes staying out of school for close to half a term due to non-payment of fees, having to go without some of the basic requirements in school was very painful to say the least especially being in a school with other children from more financially well off families. As humiliating and depressing as it was, I was inspired to rise above it all and made a personal decision to lend a hand where I could, with the little that I had no matter the circumstances I was in.
While I thought I was a disadvantaged child from a poor family, not affording a sports kit or to go on school trips, I had the privilege to experience and mingle with the less privileged and vulnerable children in poorer communities. These children were actually worse off than me; they either had no parents or close relatives to take care of them. They walked to school barefooted with worn out uniforms and hardly had any food to eat. For so many years after leaving school, I did odd jobs here and there and tried to improve my immediate family’s lifestyle but never forgot my dream of touching and making a difference in someone else’s life. When I joined African Bush Camps, I immediately saw an opportunity for me to realise my dream through the African Bush Camps Foundation (ABCF) and I am so grateful to the team for affording me a chance to put a smile on someone else’s face and empower them to be the best they can be through education.”
Maneta is currently sponsoring school fee payments of 2 vulnerable children in Grade 1 at Mambanje Primary School in one of the most disadvantaged communities in Hwange.
We hope she is an inspiration to us all and her generosity reminds us of the duty we have to give back to those less fortunate than us. With this inspirational story, we are therefore calling upon all other members of her group who feel the need to make this difference and positively transform the lives of the vulnerable children to come forward and identify a beneficiary…It would be your Christmas gift to the community.