From small beginnings in 2013 we have established a firm relationship over several years with our two major beneficiaries Southern Cross School in Hoedspruit and South African Medical Expeditions (SAME) through their After School Child Care Centre in Sigagule Village.
In addition to SAME we are supporting Nourish, an NPO operating in Sigagule with funds for making masks, and the Apostolic Faith Mission and the Maseke Community with funds for food parcels, both of whom operate in communities within the Phalaborwa region.
Our grateful thanks to all of the donors who have supported us over many years, and for your continued support, in our mission to support communities within the greater Balule area. The Trust is well on it’s way to accomplishing some of our always evolving aims, but there is much still to be done. Your valuable support is the life blood which determines our success, both now and into the future.
Our partnership with The Balule Outreach Trust dates back to 2014, and to date, The Charity Calendar has raised R500 000 for the Balule Outreach Trusts community projects.
The Charity Calendar itself was founded in 2005 by myself, a keen amateur photographer, and my two daughters Michelle and Anique. It purpose, to raise funds for Aids orphans and other vulnerable children and enjoys the support from numerous corporates and individuals.
Lex van Vught
Thanks to the donation of the Balule Outreach Trust – Nourish was able to distribute 2 000 masks to vulnerable families in need throughout the greater Acornhoek community and surrounding impoverished villages. Children, grannies and families are now able to minimize their risk of catching or transmitting Covid-19 and stay just a little safer and more resilient! Nourish was also able to support 4 women through our sewing initiative, bringing income in and supporting livelihoods at a grassroots level.
Southern Cross Schools in partnership with The Balule Outreach Trust makes a tangible difference to young people in Limpopo, South Africa. The opportunity for an education of quality cannot be underestimated, in particular for those who would not ordinarily have the means to access such. The extraordinary generosity Southern Cross Schools beneficiaries receive from The Balule Outreach Trust, coupled with the personal hands-on involvement John Anderson extends to each of the sponsored learners, makes for a meaningful relationship that ensures a successful outcome for all parties. It is not often that one is in the significant position of having a direct influence on the lives of our future leaders, and this incredible partnership has certainly had a profound impact on all those involved! Southern Cross Schools and their very fortunate learners, thank The Balule Outreach Trust for affording them the opportunity of a lifetime.
The partnership between The Balule Outreach Trust and South African Medical Expeditions has had a lasting impact on the lives of the children and families within the rural communities we serve. Our first project together was the construction of a single playroom where orphans and vulnerable children could develop their find motor skills through the art of play. This has since led to annual building projects at the Sigagule Children’s Centre where each child is given the opportunity to access daily meals, afternoon education, sports facilities and medical support.
Our relationship continues to grow at a time of immense need in our country. Since lockdown was initiated, The Balule Trust has provided consistent and essential support in the form of hygiene and food security to over 250 households on a monthly basis.
WHAT IS THE BALULE OUTREACH TRUST?
The Balule Outreach Trust was established in February 2012 to raise funds and engage in community development programs in the Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa communities of Limpopo Province in South Africa. The Trust is registered as a non-profit organisation with the Dept. of Social Development and with the South African Revenue Service as a Public Benefit Organisation.
The Trust relies for funding on the generosity of all members of the Balule Nature Reserve conservancy, their friends and associates. The two share blocks, Olifants North Game Reserve and Olifants River Game Reserve are anchor donors who have committed to making substantial grants on an annual basis. For this the Trustees acknowledge their invaluable support and thank them for their generosity.