Community Initiatives

We are invested in not just showing our guests the best African experience possible, but also in giving back to the communities around us.

The Chitwa Trust was founded in 2008 with the purpose of meeting two of South Africa’s greatest challenges: unemployment and lack of education. The Trust is a registered non-profit organization that provides aid to underdeveloped areas of Mpumalanga in a way that involves both conservation and community upliftment.

Should you wish to become a part of Chitwa Chitwa’s community initiatives, please email us at chitwatrust@chitwa.co.za.

Here is a summary of the projects currently on the Chitwa Trust agenda:

Dixie Cultural & Skill Development Centre

This centre will be dedicated to the local community and homeless orphans, sadly of which there are many.  The idea is to create a place of colour, music and joy for the community a safe and comfortable area where children are invited to spend their afternoons acquiring a skill by learning to paint, draw, dance and sing.  Ultimately, we would like to have four full time art teachers employed for this service.

In addition, a section of the centre will be dedicated to equipping the women of the community with practical skills such as embroidering, weaving and gardening, all activities that can assist in producing an income, and so uplift the local community in general.

We would like to build a centre of approximately 600 square metres for this purpose. The cost required to build, furnish and recruit the staff is about R6 million.

The Chitwa Trust was founded in 2008 with the purpose of meeting two of South Africa’s greatest challenges: unemployment and lack of education. The Trust is a registered non-profit organization that provides aid to underdeveloped areas of Mpumalanga in a way that involves both conservation and community upliftment.

Should you wish to become a part of Chitwa Chitwa’s community initiatives, please email us at chitwatrust@chitwa.co.za.

Dixie Shelter for the Homeless

The Trust intends to build a dormitory for the Dixie children who have been orphaned as a result of Aids.

The dormitory will accommodate twelve orphans in four rooms, which will include bathroom facilities. The dormitory will also be equipped with a large kitchen where the children will receive meals and a living space for them to relax in.

The cost of this project to build, furnish, recruit and feed the children is estimated at approximately R3 million.

Pack for a Purpose

The Chitwa Trust is now also supporting the Wisani Elementry School in Pack for a purpose.

We have been providing nutrition to the school for the last three years and last year we also managed to get them set up with 5 new computers and a whole lot of educational and entertainment dvd’s. The children there need absolutely everything – bags, clothes, shoes, medicine… everything.

To get involved, simply visit the Chitwa Pack for a Purpose community page..