Community Custodianship Initiatives
Community Custodianship Projects
1) South Peninsula Khoi Council - Ocean View
The primary aims of the Community Custodianship Initiatives are around restoring indigenous cultural heritage, cultural heritage tourism and conservation linked with job creation and empowerment on the ground in communities.We have started to initiate custodianship programs, training Field guides and developing a regenerative network to re-connect the community with regards to Cultural heritage tourism and Conservation of these areas.
One of our main Community Custodianship Initiatives is with Chief Ishsaqua Saboedien ( seen above) and Chief Stephen Fritz of the South Peninsula Khoi Council in Ocean View, our friends, colleagues and neighbours on the Southern Peninsula that are all descendants of the indigenous Khoi people.
In Ocean View at the Care Centre these projects include:
Sponsoring free Khoi language classes, for all, led by Senior Khoisan Chief Ishmael Sabodien (Ishaqua), including, drumming, dancing and song circles for all age groups re-introducing aspects of their Sacred Heritage.
Nature hikes, introducing them to the sacred sites and shelters, teaching both children and grown up alike, about the medicinal and edible wild food. We are also busy training future field guides in preperation to run their own tours.
The encouragement of local heritage Khoi crafts, indigenous recipes, medicinal teas, herbs and the recording storytelling from the elders of Ocean View communities.
SSFSA are also engaged with the Solomon Sq Rastafarian community in Ocean View with an indigenous garden with plants from local landscape. These are for medicinal plants for local community, re-vegetation of harvested plants from local mountainside, supply to local restaurants and healers. The beds have been created and mulched and ready for planting for rainy season.
A water storage well has been built for the garden with water source from an underground spring which enables the community to become custodians of water from local watershed. A nursery is also being built by local community using what they have.
You can make a donation to help support this important work to safeguard the Sacred Sites of Southern Africa along with developing a strong network of Community Custodianship projects around the country.
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