Our vision is that of a land where people live in harmony with the earth and all the creatures that live upon it.
The Nomad African Trust is a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO:930029752) that was founded in April 2008 by Alex Rutherford of Nomad Adventure Tours, and is a registered tax exempt institution. The Trust focuses its energies on Southern Africa.
Our goal is to effect real change in our beneficiaries by supporting them in ensuring funding is spent in such a way so as to create permanent and long lasting benefits.
We currently assist with funding to 6 projects, namely, The Jane Goodall Institute and Chimp Eden in Mpumalanga where the funds assist with the research and rehabilitation of rescued Chimpanzees, The Cape Leopard Trust which monitors and researches the Leopard populations in both the Eastern and Western Cape, The Judah Square Creche in Knysna on the Garden Route where funding goes towards the constant upkeep and upgrading of basic education and care facilities of the children in this community.
For a summary of the 6 project we fund click here.
The Ngwavuma Mpontshini Primary School in Kwa-Zulu Natal is more than just a school, it also has an orphan care facility and feeding programme for more than 300 children on a daily basis and with the assistance of the Zisize Trust we assist this very worthwhile project. Our funding assistance to the Gwexintaba Community near Lusikisiki is directed more at the sustainable agriculture, nutrition and improved sanitation and basic facilities. In mid 2011, we had the opportunity to get involved with the Football for Hope Centre in Khayelitsha where funding is managed by Grassroot Soccer Initiative. This project uses the sports-for-development approach in educating youth about HIV/AIDS.
In addition to raising funds and awareness for our beneficiaries, with gratitude to our supporters and sponsors, we have also been able to make quarterly donations to a number of our locally based projects. Donations of clothing, linen, toys and much more are also regularly collected by the team at our ‘mothership’ Nomad Tours as well as many of the clients that book tours with them which are then distributed to shelters, orphanages and bric a brac shops that sell good to raise funds for local charities.
We are also proud to have been the first people to offer clients travelling with Nomad Tours the option of paying a small fee in addition to their tour cost to buy a “Green Seat” where they are able to offset their carbon footprint while on tour in Africa. We have been able to welcome on board a number of agents and tour operators who contribute to this project. This project is managed in conjunction with the Department of Water Affairs and the Rhodes University.