Each edition of Redbush News has since covered in detail what the monies raised have been spent on that year, and this in turn is always decided following discussions with the board at KPF. We do this in order to ensure that we sustain a long term plan with them and that we do not just work in an ad hoc way. For a fuller account of what we have achieved so far please see our Redbush News pages, but they can be summarised as follows;

Lamination machines to preserve precious books, display and teaching materials from heat and dust. In collaboration with BP Solar and Sony Corporation USA we purchased printers, digital camera, laptop and solar installations. In addition two members of the Ju/’hoan* community Kaqece Kallie N!ani and Dahm Kim Dabe are being trained to operate and help with the overall curriculum so that written materials and training are in the Ju/’hoan language and can therefore be used in all Ju/’hoan areas of Namibia.

In 2005 We teamed up with Time Warner Book Group UK who endorsed Redbush Tea as the tea of choice of Mma Ramotswe and her No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, from the award winning series of books by Alexander McCall Smith. We raised money through the sale of promotional packs of Redbush Tea to raise money to build a new pre-school in the Ju/’hoan village of Den/ui. This was our most successful promotion to date as we raised sufficient funds to not only build the school but also to pay for equipment and two local San teachers salaries for the a year (will be Namibian Government funded thereafter). Alexander McCall Smith said when he learned how successful the project had been. I am delighted that the money was raised in this way and I am particularly thrilled that a school was built as a result. This is very good news indeed’.

Literacy project - while the Namibian government has agreed to pay the necessary teacher and trainee salaries additional funding is still needed to cover the cost of books and literacy materials as well as equipment to help the teachers continue to help develop ‘mother tongue’ education projects with the Ju/’hoan and other San peoples. Redbush Tea has covered the cost of this. We have also made a substantial contribution towards a Ju/’hoan community book project, paying for transcribing and translation of word for word recordings of Ju/’hoan elders.

2006/2007, once again saw us join up with Little, Brown Book Group (formerly Time Warner) and award winning author Alexander McCall Smith, with a promotion to help raise more money for the Village Schools Project (VSP). A new book in the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series - Blue Shoes & Happiness was published in February 2007 and the author kindly agreed to let us promote this while fund raising for KPF.

We funded a water irrigation and reticulation project in /Ukxoarama in N. Botswana which has provided the San with the facilities for not only clean fresh water but also the chance to grow their own food. As government hand outs are being withdrawn and with the loss of their hunter gatherer way of life it is critical that they find another sustainable means to feed themselves and their families.

In 2008 we chose to work specifically with one of the few remaining traditional San groups at Qharenxaho in the Kalahari in Botswana. The need for fresh, safe drinking water is immense, without it they cannot survive in this brutally marginal area where they have been forced to live since the loss of their ancestral lands. One of the elders there told our marketing manager, when she visited them that she had given them hope for the future. We take our water for granted, as easy as turning on a tap, not so for the San.

2009 has seen us go back to Namibia to the Nyae Nyae to fund another borehole, including the siting and drilling. We have chosen the village of ≠'Otcaq' kxai, which is to the North of Den/ui where we built the pre-school in 2005. The village desperately needs fresh water accessible through irrigation and also a standpipe. This will provide for both their daily domestic needs as well as for cattle troughs and also for irrigation for their vegetables.

In 2010 we produced a special promotional box to raise funds for a borehole, vegetable garden, irrigation and meeting house in the village of N‡ ama in the Nyae Nyae, Namibia. Their old well had dried up and living in one of the remotest parts of the conservancy, meant they desperately needed our help. More details on this project can be found in the Links and Promotions pages.

2011 saw us going back to Botswana, siting another much needed borehole in the village of Labala. Funded from a fantastic on-pack promotion we ran with the support of Disney’s The Lion King, we were able to change their lives for the better. You can read all about this here.

We will continue to keep our Redbush customers updated through this web site; letting you know as to how your money is being spent. This way you can see how you, and our other customers are helping the San to improve their lives and to ensure the survival of their culture. More details on some of the projects are detailed in the back editions of Redbush News.
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"Our children are our treasure. They are our future."

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The use of punctuation marks such as ! or / indicate that the words are in one of the"click" languages of southern Africa. In this case they are from the Ju/’hoan language.