Vuya Endaweni Community Conservation Partnership practices conservation through community upliftment and job creation on Papegaaiberg in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Involving the residents surrounding this critically endangered Renosterveld fynbos biome, Vuya Endaweni aims to transform the area into a celebration of God’s creation.
As Christians in Conservation, our organization works with all churches, schools and individuals who share our commitment to conservation, community upliftment and job creation, regardless of doctrine or faith orientation. Vuya Endaweni is affiliated to A Rocha International – a Christian conservation organization operating in 20 different countries and practicing conservation through community upliftment.
- Siyavuya crèche is located in Enkanini, an informal settlement located on the north-eastern slopes of the Papegaaiberg (overlooking the town of Stellenbosch). To address the need for child care while many parents are at work, Vuya Endaweni founded the Siyavuya crèche. We facilitated the donation of the Wendy House structures from Prochorus Community Development, arranged for the crèche to be housed on the Assembly of God church site and organized teams of parents, volunteers and church members to insulate the structures and upgrade the site landscape to create a child-friendly environment.
- Vuya Endaweni Tours offers visitors to Stellenbosch a unique environmental and cultural experience on Papegaaiberg. Walking tours of Papegaaiberg and/or Vuya Endaweni’s various projects including the education centre, Siyavuya Creche and vegetable garden as well as the outdoor classroom at Ikaya Primary School can be arranged over weekends. Keen gardeners can even join in the fun and help us develop our school gardens.
- Vuya Endaweni has a second hand shop at Tourism Corridor in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch. The shop/office serves as a meeting point for our tours. We collect clothes and other second hand items from Stellenbosch residents and churches and sell them at our shop. There are many bargains to be found and all are welcome to come and scratch.
- VUYA Endaweni Commmunity Conservation Partnership, with the support of the Stellenbosch Municipality, has just built an environmental education centre in the poverty stricken Enkanini informal settlement on Papegaaiberg. The education centre sponsored by the Department of Integrated Human Settlements was created to serve the people of Kayamandi and especially those living in informal housing in the township. The area has only emergency communal water and sanitation services and no direct access to electricity. Sandwiched between the formal township and a proposed nature reserve, the informal houses are situtated next to a critically endangered Renosterveld fynbos of which there is only 4% left in the world.
Address: Shop A33 Tourism Corridor, George Blake Street, Kayamandi, 7600.