CREATING A SENSE OF BELONGING
As well as being an incredible community of flora and fauna, Tswalu is also an extended human family of people from the Kalahari and beyond. We find strength in our diversity, and because we all share the same vision for the future of Tswalu, we can combine our energies and passion to make Tswalu’s vision a reality.
The Tswalu community consists of our staff members and their families, researchers, visiting doctors that support the healthcare centre, visiting artists in residence, and each of our guests, alongside a wider community of neighbours, conservationists and everyone who cares about the restoration of the Kalahari.
The Tswalu School provides the ideal educational foundation for our staff members’ children. More structured learning sessions are integrated with creative play and opportunities to explore their surroundings.
Our Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) programmes assist our team members with literacy and gaining formal recognition for their skills and knowledge.
The Tswalu Healthcare Centre is a focal point for the community, providing vital medical services and health education to improve the quality of life for approximately 5000 people per year in the surrounding communities, our own team members and their families.
This project would not be possible without the vision and support from Dr Ludwig Foking who championed the development after a visit to Tswalu decades ago. It is also supported by the South African government and by donations.
Rather than add to our carbon footprint by transporting food over long distances, we are actively growing our own fresh produce, and continuing to investigate sustainable approaches to small-scale horticulture.
Combining traditional techniques with modern, minimal water irrigation techniques has enabled us to reduce our food supply radius while providing our kitchens with new inspiration.