The Vusizwe Sika Menziwa Development Foundation Trust from rural Transkei in the Eastern Cape, will be launching initiatives to raise money for a variety of community upliftment projects that will benefit people from this overlooked region.
The area is located halfway between Idutywa & Engcobo in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The province is known as the land of legends as struggle stalwarts Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Steve Biko, Walter & Adelaide Sisulu, Oliver Reginald Tambo, Chris Hani and many others were born and raised here. Despite being the home to many important activists that were responsible for change in South Africa, the new dispensation has failed the region as little had been done here to improve the lives of the residents.
The roughly 150 square kilometer area consist mainly residential land and homesteads and is home to approximately 300 000, mostly unemployed people. The major source of income is government grants, child grants and small scale subsistence farming. In some areas there are no medical, water and sanitation provision and schools are scarce, with children having to walk 10 kilometres and more to meet their basic education needs
The one thing that the community owns in abundance is land, space and open ground. This has inspired the Trust to come up with the unique idea of building gold standard Eco trails for the use of Mountain bikers, Hikers, Runners, Campers, Backpackers and Nature lovers. The trails will employ a number of people and help to boost the economic outlook of the community as they will be the source of supplies and services to the trails.
In conjunction with the biking and hiking trails, people will be attracted to local accommodation, local eateries and most importantly visit areas that has been significant in the formative years of Nelson Mandela, through to his final resting place and the Nelson Mandela Museum as the trails passes by many of these landmarks
The Vusizwe Trust has just launched their first initiative, LAND OF HEROES ECO TRAILS a crowd funding campaign on Indigogo http://igg.me/at/landofheroesecotrails. All the funds raised will support design and construction of the trails network and also assist in the Trust’s work to protect the communities in this region, transform their lives and build a world where there are more economic opportunities
To raise funds or donate to this cause, please visit http://igg.me/at/landofheroesecotrails or contact the campaign creator at the contact details below
Please find introductory Video clips about the Trust, the area and the people https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JWuDvlidTw introduces the Trust and its objectives
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVajJm-wQYc introduces the appeal to re-build the church in the village
About the Vusizwe Community Development Trust
To champion socio-economic development in areas of disadvantaged rural communities by means of using skills transfer and initiating sustainable projects as main economic drivers.
To facilitate personal development and the enhancement of Health, Social Living and working conditions of people in the surrounding area through Development, Education, Raising Awareness & Mentoring
OUR MAIN PERSUITS ARE
Community Development Agriculture Clean energy programmes Water and food security Education Attracting tourism Enticing volunteers to the area, to impart knowledge, skills and contribute in community development.
About Project Creator
Lix Miller is co-owner of Event Resources Company that was established in 1997. She has had had 17+ years in the field of organising and producing entertainment, campaigns, sports and truck based roadshow events and upliftment projects all over South and Southern Africa.
We offer country-wide integrated, creative and project management services from our offices in Johannesburg and Eastern Cape.
We run highly visible conferences, exhibitions, Government assemblies, public and media events that are in the public eye, and frequently broadcast live on electronic media and also specializes in the designing, scripting and staging of Roadshows, Campaigns and Industrial Theatre
We are an integral part of the Vusizwe Development Trust and serve as trustee as well as secretariat for the Trust
The members also served on the legendary NSL / Telkom Charity Trust Committee that was responsible for distributing over 40 Million Rand to the needy in South Africa and have more recently worked on the following socio economic campaigns:
· Zazi (giving young women and girls the strength to make more informed choices about their lives)
· Male Medical Circumcision campaign (reproductive health campaign for young men
· Brothers for life’s “not in my name” rally (where men from all walks of life came together and pledged that no woman or child shall be hurt/raped/bullied/mistreated in their name
· Nationwide Arts and Crafts Imbizos where visual artists and crafters could meet with decision makers and government to plot a more profitable way forward for these talented people
Lix is a huge fan of Golden Retrievers and being outdoors with the dogs is her special daily treat. She is fond of putting on her trainers and going for long walks, jogging excursions and “tame” mountain bike rides. Lix is also an ardent scuba diver and love to explore the diving destinations all over the world.
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