Umzi Wethu Stewardship Programme
The Umzi Wethu Training Academy for Displaced Youth in Port Elizabeth provides certified vocational training, internships and mentoring to qualify AIDS orphans and vulnerable youth for ecotourism jobs secured through partnerships with game reserves such as Pumba, while promoting wellness, equipping them with life skills, and using nature as therapy to support their long-term employability.
Umzi Wethu (meaning "Homestead” in isiXhosa) has over a four year period, placed 84 young people - vulnerable without parents and income, in touch with experienced mentors using the healing power of nature and training to create successful employment. Pumba has engaged in this concept by investing in in their future, to create positive ambassadors.
Currently there are over 800 000 orphans and vulnerable youth in South Africa, facing hardship through force of circumstance, not by lack of talent.
Each young person will experience careful mentoring and accredited training in a safe environment with concentrated and extended time in nature. Through Umzi Wethu and Pumba each participant will graduate into careers such as a Field Ranger, Field Guide, Chef or Lodge Host.