As part of our responsible tourism policy, AWOL Tours has just signed a partnership agreement with Masicorp, a registered NGO operating in Masiphumelele township making a real difference to the lives of the people in the community. From November this year, AWOL Tours has committed to donating 10% of the Cape Town bicycle township tour price to Masicorp.
Over the years of regularly visiting the community, I can testify to the fact that many children, students and entrepreneurs have received life changing assistance from Masicorp. So often when making donations to charity, donors fear that their hard earned funds end up in administrative fees and not on the much needed projects on the ground. The reason AWOL decided to sign the agreement was that we can testify to the fact that Masicorp does indeed spend the money where it is needed most.
Most of the staff at Masicorp are dedicated volunteers who give up so much of their time to not only run projects but what impresses me is that they also do the necessary research to ensure that the funding is spend appropriately. A few years ago I met Rachel who was doing a complete research project on the needs analysis of the all the pre-schools in the community. The seedlings programme is well under way with a massive development of pre-school.
I recall the Viwe and Vuseka, Nomawethu twins being bursary recipients to attend Fish Hoek High school which gave them a significant better education. Not only did Masicorp pay the school fees, but the founders John and Carol took the twins on outings to broaden their horizons when ever they were in Cape Town.
In 2012 we employed a graduate Loyiso Tunce who got bursary funding from Masicorp to do both his Bachelors, Honours and now Master degree. He gained extra income and work experience over the week-end at our offices in the Waterfront.
But the most impressive of all is the Library that was built from funding from Masicorp. This is no ordinary library –a hive of activity, home work programmes, computer lessons and career guidance for the many of the residents in the community.
Then of course Nonni bakery is a favourite with many AWOL guests who dine on her lip smacking chicken wings, home-made lemon juice and delicious malva puddings. She gained support to build her dream restaurant and bakery employing others and feeding commuters on there way to work in the mornings.
The founders John and Carol Thompson have left a real legacy for future generations. So AWOL guests can be assured that part of the tour fee goes to a deserving cause that makes a real difference to the lives of the people they see in the community.
With the funding assistance of Tui Suisse and Futouris, AWOL Tours is able to expand the operations and marketing of the bicycle township tour with a every growing guest list wishing to visiting the township by bicycle.