At this point, we have identified 6 projects that will benefit from volunteer work.
The projects have been selected so as to offer volunteers with different skills the opportunity to help these deserving people. Not every volunteer may be physically strong enough to take part in building operations, so we have provided alternative activities.
The projects have been chosen with two criteria in mind :
Urgency of needs and safety of our volunteers:
Viva Safaris has had personal contacts with each project through various previous involvements with each of the principals of the establishments. We have personally been to the schools and parish and have first-hand knowledge of the situation in all four projects. While there are many more potential projects in Acornhoek, indeed all over South Africa, we have selected these projects because we know that the needs are urgent. Once these needs have been satisfied, we may well include additional worthy projects in the future.
Safety considerations for our volunteers are paramount:
We have checked out any potential trouble-spots and will be monitoring the situation constantly. All four projects are located in areas where there have been no previous security problems. Our staff will drive all volunteers to the project localities and will remain with the volunteers all day. The communities are well aware of the benefits that they are enjoying through the work of our volunteers. They will also do everything in their power to ensure that all volunteers are made to feel very welcome and that no harm befalls them.
Viva Safaris’ previous experience in uplifting local communities has been noted and we are aware that the generosity of our volunteers is truly appreciated by the members of the communities.
You can rest assured that your involvement in these projects will not only be of great practical value to the beneficiaries but will also provide a truly wonderful sense of fulfillment to you, our valued volunteer !