Pack For A Purpose
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families.
Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects.
Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Veterinary Clinic and Humane Society: HESC
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) is concerned with the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Located on the Kapama Private Game Reserve, in Hoedspruit, South Africa, it has been operating since 1990. HESC facilitates the release and establishment of captive-bred and rehabilitated animals to the wild.
The centre takes an active role in the breeding of cheetah to prevent the further decrease in the population of the species. Over 270 cheetah cubs, including 20 rare king cheetah, have been born at HESC.
HESC has a medical treatment facility for injured animals. Many rescued animals are treated and cared for at the veterinary clinic.
The Rescued rhinos @ HESC facility provides a sanctuary for orphaned and abandoned rhinos, as well as surviving victims of poaching. HESC is currently home to 7 orphaned and abandoned young rhinos whose mothers were either the victims of poaching or were unable to raise them, and 3 other surviving rhinos, each of which had their horns hacked off by poachers.
School: Lumukisa Preparatory School
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) is actively involved in the education of learners, students and the general public about the necessity of conservation. This includes a community outreach programme and the Rhino youth-art conservation initiative.
HESC has partnered with the rural school, Lumukisa Preparatory School, located 30 km from HESC. This partnership gives underprivileged learners the opportunity to learn more about endangered wildlife, particularly the cheetah and rhino. Groups of 16 learners visit the centre throughout the year, accompanied by 4 teachers. During these visits they assist the staff as they go about their daily duties and are taught about conservation and the beauty of wildlife.
The school is in need of basic essentials such as pens, rulers, school uniforms and shoes, school bags, class supplies and equipment.
Anti-poaching: Kapama Private Game Reserve and HESC
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) has undertaken a number of anti-poaching initiatives in order to safeguard rhinos, and other animal species, both at the centre and on the greater Kapama Private Game Reserve.
HESC has established its own anti-poaching unit (APU). This unit is renowned in the greater Kruger area and works closely with law enforcement as well as the CIS in the Kruger National Park, and several other anti-poaching units. Albe Nel is both head of security and the APU on the Kapama Game Reserve.
This APU patrols high-risk areas of the reserve in its vehicles and conducts daily patrols on foot looking for traps and poachers. Occupational safety inspections are conducted on a regular basis.
In an effort to combat poaching, the Kapama APU uses tracking dogs as part of its initiative. Two male bloodhounds have been trained for this and are highly efficient.
Clinic/ Hospital: Hlokomela Clinic
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre has partnered with the Hlokomela Clinic in Hoedspruit and assisted in a number of initiatives to educate the local Hoedspruit community about HIV/AIDS and cervical cancer. One of the major goals of the campaign is to give back to the communities where many of HESC’s staff come from.
The Hlokomela Project, founded in 2005, sends a mobile clinic to HESC each month and all workers are given the opportunity to attend. The aim is to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS and educate about prevention and care.
HESC, along with The Hoedspruit Training Trust and the Global Women’s Health Division in New York, has initiated a programme to integrate cervical cancer screening into the HIV/AIDS services provided at Hlokomela. The Cervical Cancer Prevention Programme (CCPP) trains the nurses in cervical cancer detection and teaches the women from the community about the disease.