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Sense Africa, STA partnership in voluntourism solidifies – Team Indlulamitsi14th August '18

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Sense Africa, STA partnership in voluntourism solidifiesThe Eswatini Tourism Authority (STA) and Sense Africa’s fruitful partnership over the years has seen the latter being more than just a tour operator dedicated in showcasing the kingdom as a prime tourist destination to the global community.

This past month, July, Sense Africa brought four groups of volunteer tourists’ students from the UK to the Kingdom of Eswatini for more than just sightseeing but charity work. According to Sense Africa’s Director, Jenny Bowen, three of these have been from St Helen and St Katharine High school, in Abingdon, Oxford, UK. Remarkably, these are teenage girls between the ages of sixteen and eighteen, which means they have just completed their IGCSE’s and doing their A-Levels, Bowen said.

Sense Africa’s volunteer tourists’ students builds playgrounds for eNhletjeni pre-schools.

Last Thursday, the latest of the four groups to be brought to Eswatini by Sense Africa partook in the building of playgrounds for the under-construction Madacaza and Mboweni pre-schools.

According to Jenny Bowen, Sense Africa’s Director, this is the third group from St Helen and St Katharine School that visited the country this past July. Worth noting is the fact that they are also an out-reach tourists’ group that contributed cash amounting to E51 000 towards the building of the playgrounds that boasts jungle-jumps and swings for both pre-schools.

The pre-schools are being built by The Shamba Trust in conjunction with Hands-in-Hands. The former is an organization committed to initiating self-help projects in remote disadvantaged communities to mitigate the effects of the HIV/Aids pandemic through early child development. The latter is also a local organization dedicated to the same cause as The Shamba Trust: building pre-schools and care-points to capacitate children with modern-day literacy skills at a tender age.

Sense Africa’s involvement in the project at eNhletjeni under Chief Fipha, according to Bowen, was instigated by her organisation’s desire to bring impact communities in the country. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the pre-schools, Bowen, who says she’s been visiting Eswatini for the past twenty years, says that she believes that such initiatives by her organization are worthwhile contributions to the society.

Representative of Chief Fipha, Lofunda Dlamini cuts the ribbon at the opening ceremony of the Madacaza Pre-School at Nhletjeni.

Sense Africa has been involved in numerous charity projects in the monarchy, and the eNhletjeni project has been the tour operator’s latest philanthropic aids to the Eswatini nation. The tour operator is an international tour operator from the UK working with the Eswatini Tourism Authority (STA) to showcase Eswatini at the global stage as a prime tourists’ destination.

Sense Africa director Jenny Bowen (right) pose with student leader Poppy Morris at Madacaza Pre-School.

Other projects by Sense Africa have been contributing to the building of the Section 19, Tambankulu Home for the Elderly, as well as a soup kitchen at Mhlumeni.

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