Calling all ERP Ambassador! Help a elephant by raising fund for a beehive

Host a ERP mini campaign of your own – SPONSOR HUMAN/ELEPHANT CONFLICT RESOLUTION

In keeping with ERP’s mission to conserve Elephants and Rhinos, in the wild, through the alleviation of Poverty, we present the following opportunity for you to join us in this mission. Bee hive fencing not only prevents Elephants from invading farm lands and private property, but at the same time provides local communities with a sound economic opportunity through the production of honey. By sponsoring one or more hives, you can help us to promote this solution to human elephant conflict resolution throughout Africa.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

See the following options, below:

  • Sponsor ONE HIVE:
    Cost per hive $141 (R2,000)
  • Sponsor ONE BENEFICIARY with 20 HIVES:
    Cost of twenty hives $1410 (R20 000)
  • ULTIMATE TARGET: to provide 8KM of beehive fencing with 200 HIVES:
    Total cost: $28 200(R400 000)

Contributions of any amount towards the sponsorship of the above targets is welcomed or host and run your very own campaing.

Contact Isabel today to setup your first Fundraising Campaing isabel@erp.ngo

ERP & Africasgotgame host two day “We Code” training in Dinokeng

ERP & Africasgotgame host two day “We Code” training in Dinokeng

Over 100 local youth came through after invitations were sent out by our partners from the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO). Attendants were put into groups of between 22-34 for each 1 hour training session. Arthur Anderson and his team from Africasgotgame were able to take all participants through the basics of coding a game using tablets and practical games, allowing all participants the opportunity to progress understand how coding works. Interactive question and answer sessions and participation allowed all participants to be treated and rewarded with goodies for their effort, urging them on. . Participants were also asked to identify real life challenges that exist in their community, and how coding and technology can assist in addressing these challenges. At the end of the two days, all participants received certificates of attendance. ERP will continue to roll out these “We Code” sessions through out the year, so keep checking with us.

What is We Code?

We Code” is a computer programming training course targeted at High School students. These courses introduce coding in a way that is relevant to any child’s interests – be it robotics, Minecraft, or advanced text languages. The course Stunt Pilot allows kids to program drones and robots as they simultaneously learn to program and reinforce subjects they’re learning at school. Coding lies at the intersection of STEM and creativity. For girls especially, who are underrepresented in STEM fields, coding may be a unique entry point to get them interested in STEM.

ERP BRINGS JOY TO KEKANA GARDENS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

ERP BRINGS JOY TO KEKANA GARDENS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

INTRODUCTION

The Kekana Gardens Christmas drive was initiated and spearheaded by Jana Kotze from Epi-Use Africa and her team from the Pretoria office. This was meant to bring a holiday with a difference to the orphans at Botlhokwa Bja Ngwana Day Care Centre and Seikhokotlelo Old Age Home. With her team, Jana embarked on an internal fundraising campaign to cater for the different gifts that would be distributed to about 60 orphans and aged individuals together with their care givers.

DISTRIBUTION OF GIFTS

It was agreed that the date for distributing the gifts would be 11th December, just before the recipients go off for holidays. In attendance were the Epi-Use team, representatives from ERP, SANCO, Kwalata Lodge and of course, the beneficiaries themselves. For the orphans, gift hampers were bought to cater for the different age groups. Toys and treats were bought for the toddlers, coloring books and crayons for the pre-school group whilst ERP branded bags and stationery were bought for the primary school children. For the elderly, hampers with toiletries and linen were purchased for all who are housed at the old age home full time, whilst those who come through occasionally were provided with different treats to take home.

ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE DAY

At the orphan day care centre, the children there organized entertainment for all who were present. This included their own songs and dances, in expressing their gratitude towards receiving the gifts. Thanks to the generous intervention by Charl Pretorius from Kwalata Lodge, a local youth dance group provided entertainment to the aged for the afternoon. It was heartwarming watching some of the elderly joining in song and dance, as the youthful group kept them entertained. Prior to handing out of the gifts, Mr Pretorius was able to give a quick talk on ERP and all the developmental activities we are involved with in Kekana Gardens.

CONCLUSION AND VOTE OF THANKS

We would like to express our gratitude to Jana Kotze and her team at Epi-Use for making this day a success. Their actions towards bringing joy to the less privileged in Kekana Gardens lives to the GroupElephant.com mantra, Beyond Corporate Purpose. We are also grateful to Charl Pretorius and his team at Kwalata Lodge, SANCO members who joined in and ERP personnel both present and in absent, who tirelessly worked to make this day a great success.

  

Flanders Government and SEED visit our recycling buyback centre

Flanders Government and SEED visit our recycling buyback centre

Limpopo, South Africa: On Tuesday, December 5th we were glad to receive visitors at our recycling centre in Senwabarwana. These visitors were from SEED, Flanders Government and the IDC. This visit was planned on the back of our project having received a SEED Award (South Africa) in 2015, after being identified as an exceptional social and environmental start up enterprise. The visit aimed to track on the progress that the project has made since receiving the award two years ago. For us, it was a welcomed move as this enabled the donors to directly interact with the beneficiaries, and also witness firsthand how the enterprise operates on a day to day basis.

 

 

ERP to manage Pfananani Skills Training Centre

ERP to manage Pfananani Skills Training Centre

Exciting News: We started with cleaning of the Pfananani Skills Training Centre over the past few days. This is a centre located in Kekana Gardens, a community adjacent to Dinokeng Game Reserve where ERP has a footprint. We will take over management of the centre for the next 10-12 months, where we will be introducing various training courses to directly benefit the community. Among other courses will be adult basic literacy, basic coding, agriculture and access to information through setting up of an IT centre. Apart from the training component, we will be creating jobs for community members who will be working at the centre to ensure its successful day to day running. This intervention is directly in line with the ERP vision which is to alleviate poverty through the conservation of elephants and rhinos.

  

ERP part of the Diamond Rush mountain bike race

ERP part of the Diamond Rush mountain bike race

The ERP team were out in full force over the weekend at the Diamond Rush mountain bike race in Cullinan South Africa.
The aim was to race awareness about the #BIKES4ERP program. Some kids in South Africa walk more than 10 kilometers(6 miles) to school everyday.
With #BIKES4ERP a child is given a bicycle, to assist him/her to complete their education and travel faster to school.
Robert from the Elephant Management Unit were following the riders with a vehicle, picking up cyclists with mechanical problems or assisting with injured cyclists. With this initiative we show the public that we care for Elephants and Rhinos but also care for people in need.
We had about 10 riders riding with ERP shirts to raise further awareness about various ERP projects. These riders assist further with mechanical breakdowns on the race.
The ultimate example was set when one of our own ERP members had a big crash and got hurt. Nicolai and Karel from the ERP team pushed Gert that was injured, all the way home for over 10 kilometers, cycling next to him and motivating him to hang on. People’s comments along the route were “With friends like that you can go to war”.
This just showed the team spirit that exist within ERP to help Elephants, Rhinos an People.
We even at 2 kids Boitumelo Leboea 16years and Olerato Leboea 8 years completing the 10 kilometer race.
We all had a great day with lots op exposure for ERP