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Welgevonden Game Reserve lies in the Waterberg plateau,
just north of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Our guests enjoy unlimited traversing through the 34,850ha reserve and experience an environment where biodiversity conservation and game viewing are managed in harmony.

African Community Outreach

Who we are
We are a husband and wife team from the farming community surrounding Vaalwater who became aware of the plight of thousands affected by poverty, high unemployment, malnutrition and disease.

We started a Non Profit Organisation 7 year ago with a view to making a difference through our ministry based on Christian principles.

Our focus is helping the many vulnerable people especially children and the elderly.

Where we are
Vaalwater is situated on the central plateau of the Waterberg Mountains within the Limpopo Province of South Africa. We are 3 hours drive north of Johannesburg. The adjacent residential suburb of Leseding is a large and extremely impoverished community.

What we currently do
We support families in need, visiting with them in their homes providing food, medical care and helping to get children into schools.

One of our main focuses is looking after the many widows and orphans that have been left by the terrible Aids Crisis in Vaalwater. There are a large number of women, many of whom are elderly, who have been left to look after small children and teenagers.

Many mothers in the 20 to 45 year old age group have died. We also find many children raising siblings or cousins. Due to the high rate of unemployment and poverty, these people have little to no income. In many of these cases we find the young “parents” begging for food from neighbours.

In some cases we are able to help people get identity documents to qualify them for the government grant, but even then the income is seldom sufficient to feed a family of between 6 to 12 people. We provide these families with meals at one of our feeding schemes and occasionally give food parcels.


Education is key for us, we currently fund 8 college students and have provided education for many children each year. It costs us R400 to educate a child per year. The cost of putting a student through college is R15 000 per year.

  • Many children that are not able to go to school are fed at our feeding schemes. They receive a nutritious cooked meal 5 days a week and where possible fresh fruit also and fresh farm milk purchased directly from local dairy farmers.
  •  We pay for school uniforms, school books and other educational aids for very poor families. In January we purchased school uniforms for 250 children (uniforms are obligatory for attendance).
  • We supply school stationery such as pencils, pens, crayons, books, school back packs, calculators etc as the children only receive very basic supplies from the education department.
  • We provide medical care for very poor families whose illnesses are beyond the scope of the local clinic. Patients are taken to doctors, they receive medications and specialist care if needed.
  •  We have provided homes for 30 families so far. Many desperate families live in ram shackle tin shacks, tents and even cardboard boxes. The costs vary according to size but a two roomed house with an outside toilet costs R15 500, a one roomed house with toilet costs R9000. These houses have a concrete floor and a pitched roof with lockable doors and windows in each room.

In order to help feed the many hungry families in Lesideng we have planted a very large vegetable garden on the farm where we live. This produces 10 varieties of veggies on a large scale, these veggies are used to supply the feeding schemes and needy families.

 We have built our first crèche in Lesideng. This project is aimed at providing a safe and loving environment to pre school children and toddlers that are often uncared for. The children receive good nutrition, mental stimulation and a good head start on their education.

The crèche also provides employment for several people. Approximate cost to build a crèche R200 000. Setting up costs are considerable but well worth it.

Those children who’s families can afford to pay for them do so, many needy children however need to be sponsored. This costs R95.00 per child per month.

We rely on donations from the general public, businesses and the commercial sector. It costs us R8 per day to feed a child. We have received food donations from Nestle SA like milk powder and porridge, Zeederbergs Spar, Local farmers donate vegetables and hunting farms donate meat during the hunting season.

If you would like any more information about us or would like to make a donation please contact us:

Hamish or Terri Rodgers -
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cell: +27 (0) 82 857 0985
Tel: +27 (0) 14 755 3695
PO Box 875, Vaalwater, 0530,
Limpopo Province, South Africa

Our Non Profit Organisation number is 051/322NPO.
For banking details or donations please contact us.

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