Naturefriend Safaris has been in existence since 1996 and has over time grown into a medium sized company with its own fleet of vehicles and planes. Even though the idea to get involved in a goodwill project has been with us for a good number of years, it is only now (2009) that we eventually have the resources (both financial and otherwise) to put it all into action. One problem was to identify the right project.
When approached for donations (and the approaches are many in our part of the world) we have always had the same concerns. We have now taken those concerns and addressed them in detail
- I want to know exactly where the money is going to
- I want to rest assure that the project is managed well and not for anybody’s personal gain
- Financial transparency is imperative
To answer those concerns we have asked Nedbank to become an official partner. They have agreed to register a trust and appoint a trustee out of their management structure. Leander Borg (MD of Naturefriend Safaris) will be the second trustee, and Andy Welzig (senior partner of Neuhaus and Company) has agreed to be the third trustee, so that he can voice an audited opinion in his private capacity. You are welcome to read more about the trust document on this site.
Secondly we have created a separate account for this project. The profile number is XXXXX and every client that has donated money will be able to have insight into the account to see all incoming funds and of course to question any expenses. Financial transparency we feel is of utmost importance.
The impact of the project is twofold at this stage. We have identified meme Nailoke who has been trying to make a small business out of building and selling sun stoves. Her business has however not really developed its potential due to basic challenges like cash flow, lack of raw materials, transport trouble and poor marketing. With our input (over and above placing regular orders for stoves) we can support and grow her business. Call it a mentorship.
Naturefriend Safaris has donated N$ 50 000 to kick start the project. Nedbank has paid for the trust registration and is providing free of charge banking. Each client that books a safari through Naturefriend Safaris will automatically contribute N$ 150 towards the project. Unless they specifically object to it.
Additional funding will be through external development funds, fund raising events and tapping into existing funds from banks and businesses. Individuals will also be able to “adopt” a stove. Every stove does have a number so that we can keep track of where and when they were delivered. Clients can thus buy a stove (N$ 2100) and can then, through the stove number, get more information about the whereabouts and beneficiaries of that particular stove.
ORIGINAL OF THE TRUSR CERTIFICATE
MEMORANDUM OF AN AGREEMENT IN RESPECT OF A DONATION IN TRUST
RIGHT OF USE AGREEMENT
NATUREFRIENDS PROJECT CONTRIBUTIONS
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