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Group shot Pernod and Dreamcatcher
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What a difference a day makes! Collaboration with Pernod Ricard contributes to sustainable communities

We are always elated to welcome South African and international 
volunteers! On 15 June 2023, on Worldwide Day of Giving and  embracing the central theme of ‘the power of collective action’, we welcomed the Pernod Ricard South Africa team for their annual Responsib’All Day.  Jumping in with their sleeves rolled up, the 52 strong Stilbaai volunteers joined our Dreamcatcher team and embraced 
getting stuck in with gusto to make a difference.

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Susan welcoming guests
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Dine with heart, walk with soul: Uncovering South Africa’s hidden gems with Dreamcatcher South Africa

Over many years Dreamcatcher has welcomed a significant number of visitors from over 30 countries. This has included developing bespoke travel programmes, and enriching mainstream travel itineraries with ‘Go Truly Local’ experiences including community Walkabouts, Homestay with Kamamma and Cook-Up with Kamamma. This month we were elated to host Dirk and Harry from the Netherlands – below they share their experience.

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Sonstraal Kleuterskool in Darling
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Children’s Story Books dedicated to Cognitive Development Key to Sustainable Futures for All

On 31st December 2023 we completed our tenure managing the STEPi – (Squaring the Education Pyramid Institute) programme in South Africa. Sharing Utopia Foundation (USA) passion to promote and facilitate cognitive development, and skills through English story books – Dreamcatcher was appointed to administer and manage the distribution of books in South Africa as part of our Sustainable Futures Project.

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Waste burning 2021
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Local Volunteer Working Group Innovate a new Pathway to Address the Social -and Environmental Impact of Waste

At Dreamcatcher we have been lobbying since 2009 for improved waste management in the communities where we work. Many have historically been blighted by poor waste management including burning of waste in the open air, illegal dumping, littering, access to limited recycling services and lack of waste awareness. Our activities spanning over 14 years to flag up -and sustainably address the social and environmental impacts

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Melkhoutfontein Community Enjoy Pride of Place at Major Cultural Event in the Netherlands

In 2019 Chairperson of Dreamcatcher Nederlands Hans Mooren, embarked on a unique photo project in Melkhoutfontein with Dreamcatcher South Africa NPC. The project, embracing a human centred approach the aim of the photo project was to recognise the diversity and heritage of the community of Melkhoutfontein, situated in the Stilbaai area. Hans and wife Coby have been volunteering with Dreamcatcher and visiting Melkhoutfontein for over

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Community Food Growing Project Pioneers Exciting Duplicable Nutrition Model

At Dreamcatcher we underpin our project activities by conducting research to identify inhibitors impacting quality of life in communities. Community engagement pre – and particularly post-Covid pandemic identified that the lack of access to nutritious food remains a challenge.

Access to fresh nutritious food improves infant, child and maternal health, develops stronger immune systems and lowers the risk of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular

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Gig on Stilbaai beach
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‘Beads on One String Around the World’ Film ‘Goes Truly Local’ in South African Communities

Earlier this year we were blessed to host Dennis Warner and his talented band who were touring South Africa giving performances as volunteers as part of the STEPi (Squaring the Education Pyramid Institute) literacy and cognitive development programme which Dreamcatcher is managing in South Africa. Dreamcatcher  facilitated all travel arrangements from Johannesburg to Gqeberha (PLZ) and their stay at Addo National Park. We coordinated travel

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The Blombos Museum of Archaeology
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A Cultural Awakening for the DC Kids

The Dreamcatcher Kids aka ‘DC Kids’ recently enjoyed a local excursion to the Stilbaai Tourism Bureau and Blombos Archaeology Museum to learn more about their rich cultural heritage. All the learners from Melkhoutfontein Primary School – were amazed how innovative and creative their ancestors were! They were fascinated by the collection of shells, cave paintings and artefacts and they were captivated by the ancient Milkwood

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DC Kids Connect at First Hand with their Cultural Heritage and the Wildlife of South Africa

During the past few months we had the pleasure of facilitating educational trips for the Dreamcatcher Kids aka ‘DC Kids’ to visit the world-renowned archaeological site, ‘Point of Human Origins’ in Mossel Bay, famous for its early evidence for modern human behaviour.

After lunch which included a BIG milkshake, they visited the amazing Botlierskop Game Reserve which plays an important role in conserving many rare and

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