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Visit to Singita Community School

Photography by Singita Community Trust for Guided Safaris® Journeys of a Lifetime Initiative.

“We were both so thrilled that our guests donated to this wonderful charity. As a group we are helping provide much needed assistance to those in need…We couldn’t think of a better wedding present than the two of us delivering the funds raised in person. Lebombo was the best. Indescribable. Great Great Great trip!!!! Worth every penny. Thank you.”

– Marc & Niki, Sponsors of the Gift of Love Honeymoon Registry
Pictured together in Los Angeles, California.

“I did want to thank Guided Safaris for assisting the Ezweni pre-school in this way. It’s wonderful to support commitment and excellence and Ezweni is the pre-school that is really doing the best that it can, in tough circumstances. This pre-school becomes the focus of support for the year and the theme packs (course materials, educational toys .etc) for this term – which this charity will be funding as part of Marc & Niki’s contribution – are ready to be handed over by them, when they are on site. Being part of the Growing to Read programme, and getting additional resources, builds on their commitment and ensures the children can really benefit. Marc and Niki are stars!”

– Pam Richardson, Singita Community Development Director

The Singita Community Development Trust works in partnership with the READ Educational Trust and their Growing to READ program to initiate Early Childhood Development practices in pre-schools. As part of their wedding fundraising gift, Niki & Marc ventured to Africa with Guided Safaris® to meet the children in the village and school environs surrounding Singita Game Reserve, and witnessed this vital program firsthand.

About Marc & Niki’s visit

Ronel Kennedy, Singita Development Manager discusses the Ezweni School benefit

“Mandla Mathonsi, our Community Development Officer, accompanied Marc and Niki to Ezweni Preschool and Primary School. They met with the school Principal, Ayia, and Frank Makwakwa, our READ Trainer.

Frank explained the Growing to READ programme, and how this has improved the quality of education at the school. They also handed out theme packs that will be used in the class rooms as educational resources. Marc and Niki were taken around by students from the preschool to be shown the different facilities. They were also introduced to Sam Nzima, a well known photo journalist and founder of the school.

Mr Nzima invited Marc and Niki to his house for a cup of tea where he showed them some of his photos on display and spoke to them about how the country has changed and his career as a photo journalist.

Marc and Niki said that they thoroughly enjoyed their visit.

Our sincere thanks to everyone whom made it possible for us to extend this programme for another year at Ezweni. Your donation changes the future for these children.”


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