The Wolwedans Foundation
Acting today for a better tomorrow.
Over 10 years ago we established the Wolwedans Foundation; an initiative that we are proud to support every year.
Since its establishment the Foundation has, with the support of the Namibian Training Authority, educated more than 250 young Namibians in hospitality training and culinary art. This vocational training takes place in the Desert Academy at Wolwedans, and the Namibian Institute of Culinary Education (NICE) in Windhoek. Plans to extend the Desert Academy into a fully-fledged campus remain a priority, however, we continue to train and educate, while providing a unique opportunity to engage trainees in a ‘Living Classroom ‘environment that gives them a distinct edge and advantageous industry experience, before graduation.
The Wolwedans Foundation has also laid the groundwork for its most ambitious intervention: revitalizing the village of Maltahöhe in southern Namibia. Our closest community, it is also a society in need. Since the collapse of the farming industry in this arid and remote corner of Namibia, employment opportunities have evaporated.
In filling vacancies at Wolwedans we look first to this impoverished community, and we were forerunners in recruiting trainees for our program from the village. With the acquisition of a property in the town, plans are underway to establish a community laundry project. This will service the needs of local hospitality operators, including Wolwedans, but also lay the foundation for a sustainable community-run enterprise.
The Wolwedans Foundation is also fundraising to launch a ground-breaking recycling initiative in Maltahöhe . The project aims to return this historic farming town to its former glory by encouraging residents, particularly young people, to collect recyclable waste in exchange for a nominal fee. The ultimate aim is to create a self-regulating system of urban renewal, for the long term.
The projects benefit from the on-going support of our visitors, via the Community & Foundation leviers paid by every guest at Wolwedans. Alongside the Reserve’s conservation levy, these fees enable us to sustain and expand our efforts in vocational training, community upliftment and improving the livelihoods of our team and communities for the long run.
We want our team and Namibians as a whole to enjoy improved livelihoods and practice sustainable lifestyles. We commit ourselves to this goal by prioritizing human resource development, social upliftment, sharing economic opportunities and the encouragement of others to build a better tomorrow. Future projects include a housing scheme for staff, further educational facilities such as an Artisan School and the micro financing of SME's on a larger scale.