The Mother Africa Trust is an independently registered legal entity that works in very close partnership with all the companies that comprise the Amalinda Collection. The vision of the Trust is simple: To build Zimbabwe, one person at a time. The aims of the Trust, as enshrined in the trust registration document, include promoting conservation and sustainable utilisation of the natural environment, assistance to the vulnerable and under-privileged in society without fear or favour, and creating partnerships with other organisations aimed at improving the lives and circumstances where they work.
Mother Africa seeks to make a positive difference in three target areas: Education Research & Conservation Cultural Exchange
The Trust hopes to achieve this through encouraging volunteer eco-tourism as well as sourcing equipment and materials for conservation, research and education projects.
Mother Africa works in partnership with three properties owned by the Amalinda Collection in three very different environments in Zimbabwe. Camp Amalinda, situated in the Matobo Hills World Heritage Site, Ivory Lodge on the doorstep of Hwange National Park and finally the Bulawayo Club, located in Bulawayo’s city centre. Each property supports a variety of projects adapted specifically to the needs of the area, ranging from environmental research to community support and development. Each property contributes to the projects run by Mother Africa financially and through practical measures such as sponsoring anti-poaching teams and hosting visitors while each also provides logistical support in the form of labour, equipment and administration skills
Ethandweni Children’s Home, Matobo Hills
Living up to the meaning of its name as “Place of Love, this children’s home is a bastion of the Matobo community. Started by Biertha and Bent Kristensen in 1997 it has faced many challenges during Zimbabwe’s economic and political turmoil and continues to thrive. Today it is in the capable, compassionate hands of Lucien Oosthuizen. The home currently houses 36 children of all ages, while supporting several other children at school in the Matopos and in the city of Bulawayo. In addition to caring for these orphans and disadvantaged children (not all are orphans but do come from traumatised backgrounds), the home provides basic workshop and medical facilities for the local community. The Mother Africa Trust and Camp Amalinda have worked with Ethandweni for a number of years, helping to source funding and food, care for the children and market the needs of the home to as broad an audience as possible. A visit to this home is tonic for the soul and will inspire and awe even the most world-weary traveller. It is possible to spend a full or half day here with prior arrangement.