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  • See the Big Five!

    On safari in the famous Kruger National Park

  • Vegetable Gardens

    Volunteers will plant subsistence type veggies in elevated and manageable gardens.

  • Academic Support Program

    Volunteers will share their knowledge of academic work, especially in languages and mathematics

  • Sports Coaching

    Individual talented volunteers will be afforded the opportunity to help improve skills in sports

  • Building Project

    Cement blocks are made on site. We collect river sand and use water supplied by the church.

Catholic Volunteers Africa

As far back as 2008, Viva Safaris undertook to assist the Catholic Parish of Acornhoek.

Father Xico and children

Over the years, a number of visiting tourist groups have helped out in various ways and the parishioners have benefitted immensely.

Below are the original letter and an audio presentation by the then parish priest, Fr Xico.

A new and dynamic group, Catholic Volunteers Africa, have picked up the pace and, in collaboration with Viva Safaris, will see to it that the initial projects will be sustained and that new projects will be added.

The present parish priest, Fr Jerome has supplied a wish-list and the letters below indicate just how grateful the Parish Council are for the new initiative.

“We are in need of renovations:

Painting of most of all the buildings
Painting of Roof structures
Repairing of cracks
Renovating the plumbing of the house
Renovating the pump system
We have very old floor needing probably tiling if possible
Improving the garden of the mission
Having probably a omni sport field: Volley ball, Basket, Net ball, Tennis…
Building of a Creche and ABET rooms for elderly people and an evening class of international languages: French, English…

This is just an idea about other needs. But we are very much opened for whatever help could come to this structure.

God bless!

Fr Jerome”


Catholic Volunteers Africa has the full blessing and support of our local Bishop, who has penned the following letter:

We have designed a 14 day Volunteering Program which is a unique and exciting blend of safari activities and outreach work.

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