The Grootbos Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming communities and promoting conservation through the creation of sustainable livelihoods and active citizenship. They aim to conserve the unique Cape Floral Kingdom. Additionally, they develop sustainable livelihoods through ecotourism, enterprise development, sports development, and education. To accomplish this, they implement replicable and scalable sustainable project models designed to assist the surrounding communities. Many of the projects proudly generate their own income and/or are partially self-sustaining.
The Green Futures College
The Green Futures College offers an Eco-Tourism and Hospitality Curriculum to 10-12 local unemployed young adults each year. The program empowers and equips young adults to create a sustainable income for themselves and their extended families. Green Futures started as a dream of the Lutzeyer family, owners of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, to train people from local communities and to find work for them in fynbos landscaping and horticulture. As part of their practical work, students grow and care for the plants. Then they sell the plants. The funds generated from their sale are then reinvested into the project. Each student graduates with an internationally recognized Lobster Ink certification, a highly sought-after certification in the eco-tourism sector.
The Football Foundation
The Football Foundation is the flagship sports program, founded to promote sport for social development. It aims to uplift communities by empowering individuals through accredited skills training and leadership opportunities. It also promotes education, health, social integration, and participation through sports.
Grootbos Foundation gave vulnerable children and schools a jumpstart in 2021. They distributed back-to-school packs to support 5,000 marginalized children at 15 under-resourced schools in the Overberg. The project helped ease the burden on parents severely impacted through job losses and reduction in income as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic. They also utilized the Early Childhood Development Center to assist students who did not have access to the internet to go to school.
In addition, the Covid-19 Relief program enabled them to continue supporting their communities and respond to the changing needs. Many children who relied upon school feeding programs for their primary nutrition have been able to receive a daily hot meal from the Masakhane soup kitchen. Additionally, the soup kitchen also provided meals for adults uncertain of their next meal. With over 200,000 meals served to date, plus the distribution of masks and PPE, they assisted much of the community during this time of crisis.
For every trip booked to South Africa, a donation is made by Ker & Downey to support the programs of the Grootbos Foundation. Visit the Grootbos Foundation website for more information about their projects.
The Grootbos Foundation
Experience Grootbos and participate in volunteer opportunities while on A South Africa Family Safari.