Raising Rhino Rands raises funds for various Rhino Orphanages, Veterinary Organisations and Sanctuaries in South Africa to cover food bills, vet bills, and the general day to day costs of rescuing, helping, protecting and rehabilitating these precious, incredible orphans.
We do this by making beautiful material rhino’s of various sizes, the adoption of each then donates a percentage of that adoption to the organisation of your choice! So, you GET something when you GIVE something.
Through our Raising Rhino People project we skill, train, educate and employ local women in various communities;
Our Small Business programme endeavours to create an opportunity for rural women to make and sell these stuffed toys to their local game reserves, with the aim of creating a connection to the Reserve, awareness for the animals within it, as well as a work opportunity owned and run by the community rather than an outside organisation.
Our Education programme, in association with Action for Rhino’s, engages and teaches young rural children the importance of protecting our wildlife through literature, a small rhino toy (see our adopt a rhino – donate to a child programme) and practical outings.
We believe in the power of connection and in order for this to be possible we need to work through apathy, resentment and fear. Our children truly are our future!
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international transportation (postage),
materials (cottons, stuffing, threads, safety eyes etc),
flights and travel (to rural areas where we can educate and train local rural women)
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The employment, skills training and educating three local women with regard to sewing AND the plight of the Rhino and how they are being poached in our country.
Ncesh, who has become my workshop manager, came to me needing to earn money but did not like sewing at all. She was struggling generally in life too, being unhappy and very down, finding it hard to get out of bed in the mornings. She came to me desperate to earn a living and concerned because she really didn’t like sewing but this was the only opportunity that had come her way. She also knew nothing about rhino’s or what was going on in the world regarding poaching and our endangered animals. She didn’t even really like rhino’s. Now, she loves sewing, adores rhino’s, feels for their plight, challenges me on how to do better in our organisation, co-ordinates the women now working here and has a different lease on life. I put this down to the environment I have created here. I believe in connection and encourage Ncesh, Mantombi and Yoliswa to be who they are and then challenge them to learn and grow and open their minds. We laugh, cry, struggle, celibrate and support each other. Watching them, I know how important this is in life. it is not just about having work but feeling connected to life and the way we feel that is through our relationships with those around us (physical, spiritual, mental and emotional).
When we have purpose and feel needed and can be creative, these things make changes that go beyond just our own lives but into our families and into the community and environment around us. We want to take this into other communities, to encourage and uplift others in the same way we have done here for each other.
It has been mind-blowing for me to see how wanting to help the rhino’s has begun to do so much more. I have begun to help women, rhino’s and allowed others the opportunity of being part of this by donating materials, money, time and their energy to something greater than themselves. People feel good and so want to continue to feel good which just has that incredible ripple effect of a peddle dropped in a pond.