50% For The People
Despite the end of Apartheid twelve years ago,
marginalized populations in South Africa continue
to live deplorable conditions. Especially vulnerable
are orphaned children, whose parents have died
of HIV/AIDS. Meanwhile, people eager to help
look for a meaningful way to contribute to sustainable
development in South Africa, and end up finding
only volunteer programs that invest tiny percentages
of the volunteer’s financial contribution
in community projects. Volunteers participating
in these programs may, with difficulty, organize
their own travel within South Africa, or relent
and pay for overpriced tours.
Adam from Hobbit Homes
50% For the People does what it says. 50
per cent of volunteers’ money directly
to the community projects that you as a volunteer
will work with. People who choose 50%FTP
have the opportunity to learn natural building
techniques and build homes and orphanages in
marginalized communities across the country.
The opportunity to work specifically with children
is also part of the itinerary.
By arriving in Cape Town and concluding in Durban,
participants are able to travel a large part
of South Africa without backtracking and always
while working on
South African shanty house
projects. South Africa’s must-sees are
included in the cost of the tour like visits
to Table Mountain, Garden Route, elephant sanctuary
and much more. Participants of 50%FTP can have
fun and enjoy beautiful South Africa without
compromising their contribution to community
Statement of the Problem:
1. Existing volunteer programs that send volunteers
to South Africa give only a very small percentage
of the volunteer’s money to South African
community development projects.
2. Existing volunteer programs do not provide volunteers
with an affordable travel experience
in addition to volunteer work.
3. A great number of South Africans lack
sustainable housing; orphaned children
are the most vulnerable.
50% For The People provides an ethical
and easy solution to people who want to
make a meaningful contribution to sustainable
development in South Africa while having
a great time.
50% For The People is unique because it
1. A chance to learn how to build using
natural materials, and to participate in
building homes and an orphanage for marginalized
people in South Africa.
2. A chance to travel and experience the
many attractions of South Africa (arrival
in Cape Town, travel along the East Coast, travel
to Keimouth, ending Durban) without backtracking
and at a cost on par with independent travel.
3. A far higher percentage of tour participants’
money going to local projects than any
other tour company.
In order to achieve the above, 50% For The People
partners with Hobbit Homes, a natural building company
with successful projects in South Africa, Chill
& Surf Backpackers, experts in accommodation
and tours, Ubuntu Lodge in Jeffrey's Bay and the
Earth Rising Foundation, a not-for-profit organization
that promotes and supports sustainable futures for
orphans in South Africa.