Funding from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC)
The Thanda Foundation Trust assisted by the Space for Elephants Foundation and funding obtained from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), have embarked on an elephant dung project.
The NLC relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The Lotteries Act guides the way in which NLC funding may be allocated. The intention of NLC funding is to make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable and to improve the sustainability of the beneficiary organisations. Available funds are distributed to registered and qualifying non-profit organisations in the fields of charities; arts, culture and national heritage; and sport and recreation. By placing its emphasis on areas of greatest need and potential, the NLC contributes to South Africa’s development.
The objectives of the elephant dung project are as follows:
- To make elephant dung paper which is commercially sought after, and market this unique product for handcrafters, artists, novelty shops, decoupage manufacturing, stationery, etc.;
- To develop skills within the resident civil society through training which will be focused on local people only, particularly women, as well as a programme with local school children;
- To promote tourism as an economic development stimulant for the tourism node sub-region of Lake Jozini; and
- To transfer management and conservation skills as well as programmes to develop an understanding of the value of conservation of natural assets.
The project has been set up at The Wildlife Spirit, adjacent to the town of Jozini in northern KwaZulu Natal and in close proximity to the source of the Elephant dung. The project has commenced and expected to provide significant benefits to the local community.