MoAfrika Tours allows tourists to donate to their selected causes as a way to give back to communities in South Africa including Soweto and Dixie Village.
Soweto, Johannesburg – MoAfrika Tours is using a portion of every individual booking they receive to uplift the youth in Soweto and the community of Dixie Village outside of Sabi Sands. An R50 donation is made to a village care centre in each area. With the number of guests booking day trips with MoAfrika Tours, the care centres receive a substantial monetary donation each month.
The idea is to give back to the people who live in areas where guests love to visit on popular tours. They have taken visitors on day tours in Soweto for two decades.
“We’ve met incredible people who are doing so much with so little to improve the lives of people in their community, especially young children.”
Owner Anthony Colia established The Motsoaledi Project with the aim being to collect and distribute donations in a more structured manner. The company also makes a monthly cash donation to the Motsoaledi Day Care Centre, which is used for building upgrade projects and buying what’s on their “wish list”.
“MoAfrika Tours supports Soweto in a number of different ways and we love the idea of giving back to the place we have so much fun visiting with our guests. This includes:
helping community projects to assist the elderly in Soweto
supporting community garden projects for feeding programmes
supporting entrepreneurs (small business owners)
providing for older school-going children (uniforms, stationary, school bags)”
Tourists can ask their tour guide to stop at a shop in Soweto to buy goods needed by these organisations. This includes non-perishable food items such as flour and sugar, soft drinks, toiletries such as soap and toothpaste or school stationery.
MoAfrika Tours distributes these valuable goods to the community care centres that it supports. They encourage tourists to avoid giving cash to needy people in the streets because this encourages begging, and some tourists find this awkward and threatening.
Another way they allow tour guests to contribute is to pack small essential donations in their luggage, once they arrive in South Africa, they can pass them along to the tour guide who will send them to the centres in need. Items such as school stationery, toys, towels and linen or shoes and clothes.
“Giving back to the people in communities that we visit daily is extremely important to MoAfrika Tours and we value everybody’s kindness and generosity.”