For over 30 years Dreamcatcher applies sustainable tourism to benefit local development. On this page we sum up the actions we undertake to address each of these UN Sustainable Development Goals. We take pride in the irrefutable results that are visible in the African communities, in particular South Africa. We are educating our local partners in the destinations where we offer tours so that they too benefit the results of addressing these goals.

The UN2030 Sustainable Development Goals, formalised by the United Nations in September 2015, provides a foundation for action to solve some of the worlds’s most difficult challenges. 193 UN General Assembly members adopted these Goals.

The 17 goals offer tremendous opportunities to form partnerships between Private, Public, Local Social Sectors (those community based organisations who have local engagement for sustainable community development as their primary goal, are community driven and outcomes based). The 4th partner to move proactively forward is the Academic sector. It is vital to provide reliable data on needs and performance and link it to impact data to assess progress at local level.

The ‘Dreamcatcher way’ is not view each goal as mutually exclusive. Our aim is to purposefully facilitate and enable overlapping of the goals to ensure maximum impact. To work in a different way. Moving from a linear or ’tick box’ approach, to a circular approach, by engaging partnerships to tackle them as a multi-task engagement team on multi-dimensional levels.

With 25 years pioneering social engagement -and mobilisation projects to facilitate outcomes based socioeconomic development, we are proud of the impact we have had on local communities, whilst simultaneously building meaningful partners and mutually act to deliver on the goals as a team. Merging of Global Citizens with the communities for an improved sustainable tomorrow.

Attending the Global Engagement Forum in Washington, invited by Pyxera Global (www.pyxeraglobal.org) provided a platform for Dreamcatcher to share our model for sustainable development. it is Dreamcatcher’s mission to turn aspiration into achievement and measurable outcomes. To purposefully build global and local community partnerships to proactively address the UN2030 Sustainable Development Goals. We do not proport to reach everyone, but engaged together we can pool our efforts, talents and resources and make a difference across a range of the 17 Goals, for a significant number of people.

Dreamcatcher Anthea – Providing feedback – Interactive engagement session collobarating up for future impact“As the global citizens, we are more than ever, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly”. (Martin Luther King).

By creating enterprises and stimulating local job creation we are fighting poverty. We are increasing the income streams in the community by diversifying the job opportunities in the communities. A circular economy makes sure that the money that is earned in the community stays there and simulates local socio-economic growth.

The main reason for hunger is poverty. People we work with are earning at least enough to foresee in the basic needs of them and their family. We are duplicating the Dreamcatcher project called Back 2 Front Yard Farming (B2FYF). This means that we provide the skills and knowledge to our local community partners to grow their own food. In this way we address food poverty and nutrition.

Aside from working on nutrition and hygiene, we inform and train our partners to combat disease and injuries. One of the actions we undertake is training first aid responders in local communities. They are also on stand-by for incidents or injuries of tourists.

STEPi (Squaring The Education Pyramid Institute) is an organization that aims to prepare children for a prosperous adulthood. We want to assure that children have great choices when they reach maturity. Aside from this project that Dreamcatcher is supporting, we offer training about jobs, nutrition, first aid, environment,…

Throughout African communities we recognise the cultural tradition that males provide the main income. To increase the economic self-sufficiency of families we diversify income streams by offering women the chance to be entrepreneurs. Some options are opening a Homestay, hosting a (legally branded) Cook-Up with Kamamma, etc.

Vast areas where our community engagement and socio-economic development projects are run, are situated in areas impacted by protracted drought. With water in short supply and expensive where it is on tap, each drop is used for household use with no incentives to grow food, which once again is expensive to buy. Our project, running in tandem with the composting project, is to conserve the rain water in conservancy tanks when it does occur, transfer skills to grow food and edible herbs in small patches in cyclical fashion using this conserved water. The first positive impacts of this initiative are starting to show great promise and interest to get back to basics: making nature work to ensure the crops.

We promote the use of renewable energy (solar and wind power). We are working with partners to provide this in the communities.

By creating enterprises and stimulating local job creation we are fighting poverty. Though we are not replacing the traditional industries that are already there. A circular economy makes sure that the money that is earned in the community stays there and simulates local socio-economic growth.

By offering women the chance to be entrepreneurs and create sustainable opportunities, we reduce gender inbalance. We aspire to be a platform which tailors to tourists of any race and sexuality. Through the Dreamcatcher inclusive development programmes we encourage diversity.

We are increasing the income streams in the community by diversifying the job opportunities in the communities. A circular economy makes sure that the money that is earned in the community stays there and simulates local socio-economic growth. The impact of tourism and economic growth is monitored to ensure local community life is undisturbed and cultural traditions are respected. The health and environmental impact of waste are managed. We stimulate water conservation and renewable energy. The education is purposed to inform the locals about the importance of their environment and the local species.

The “Waste, It’s Mine, It’s Yours” project of Dreamcatcher has received global recognition. Waste is re-used to produce new products, which creates jobs and new income stream whilst benefitting the local environment.

The “Waste, It’s Mine, It’s Yours” project of Dreamcatcher has received global recognition. Waste is re-used to produce new products, which creates jobs and new income stream whilst benefitting the local environment. We stimulate water conservation and renewable energy. The education is purposed to inform the locals about the importance of protecting their environment and the local species.

We collaborate with local authorities to combat waste dumping in the ocean or on beaches. We organise beach clean-ups to collect marine plastics and motivate locals to re-use the waste to create new products and incomes.

The “Waste, It’s Mine, It’s Yours” project of Dreamcatcher has received global recognition. Waste is re-used to produce new products, which creates jobs and new income stream whilst benefitting the local environment. We stimulate water conservation and renewable energy. The education is purposed to inform the locals about the importance of protecting their environment and the local species. We use invador plant species in crafts which are sold to return the land to indigenous species.

Justice means that nobody is excluded from the economic benefits in any industry, for example tourism. We make sure that locals profit from their own companies, after a history of exploitation of African resources.  ALAAPii views the local people as the ultimate custodians of the local environment and thus its sustainability. Historically ownership in tourism enterprises was not within the reach of Africans. We want to change this narrative by empowering local enterprises and reducing the loss of profits out of Africa.

We collaborate with local partners in over 10 countries at the moment. ALAAPii educates them about all of these actions and the importance of them. Then we help them with setting up similar projects in their local communities. (Current partners can be found in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Benin,…)