From the outset, one of our drivers has been the opportunity to give back to the community, both locally and worldwide. We have made a commitment to always set aside 10% of our profits to go to places of need. It is a hard decision as there are so many worthy causes, we have chosen a few to focus on. We are passionate about the environment, sustainability, opportunities for women, and education.
As local residents in the Perth hills, we are well aware of the threat of bushfire. Over many summers we have seen the incredible work and responses our local fire services do. Unfortunately that sound of planes and choppers overhead is becoming too familiar. We will donate our local contributions to Volunteer Fire Services in the Perth Hills
It has been a heartbreaking summer in Australia due to unprecedented bushfires, we share a collective grief for lost lives, homes, and habitats. We will focus our efforts on helping wildlife rescue and rehabilitation through the following organisations:
For a few years now our family has supported the Tumani Children’s Foundation in Tanzania
https://tuchifo.org – Tumaini is a registered charity dedicated to the care, support & education of orphaned & vulnerable children in Tanzania. Every non-Tanzanian is a volunteer which ensures that virtually ALL donations goes directly to the children’s care.
In 2014 Carissa chose Tumani as the focus for her Year 12 project on Hope (Tumani means Hope is Swahili) and visited as a volunteer for three weeks.
Tumaini was started by Canadian Cherie Szucs. The despair in Africa had haunted Cherie for years, and her research led her to Tanzania which, at the time, was the poorest nation in the world not at war. She made her initial visit in 2009 and met Oddo Ndonde, who would become her partner and who introduced her to the realities of a desperately poor village called Usa River. Her work began with home visits, assessing need and providing food and emergency medical care. In 2010 Tumaini was born.
The philosophy of “pay it forward” is a big part of the work Tumani does. By providing a safe, healthy environment and a good education for these at risk children, there is more chance of breaking the cycle of poverty.
We are excited at the prospect of being able to offer more financial support to this wonderful organisation. To give you an idea about how, what seems a relatively small amount to us, can mean a great amount in Africa check out this article:
And You Tube clip (e.g. $4518 to build toilets at the school)
This video is a few years old now and much has already been achieved, but you get the idea!