COVID-19 Community Tourism Support Fund
$140 raised
1% of $10k goal
4 contributors
21 Days left

As a sustainable community tour operator, we are committed to the providing ongoing support to the people and businesses within the communities we operate. This means everything from ensuring fair margins and commissions, to helping folks set up with online experiences & websites.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has created a scary situation for many of our suppliers, especially the home-based ones who rely on a daily income to run their households and businesses. These small providers are the foundation upon which our entire industry sits on and we rely on them now and increasingly so for the foreseeable future. Many of these businesses are run by single moms, pensioners and family members like The Bo-Kaap Cooking Tour for example, which has been around for 15 years and has become a pillar of strength within the community of Bo-Kaap. These businesses are all on 'survival mode' right now with harsh mandatory lockdowns and curfews imposed by the government as part of their COVID-19 response. We don't know when things will change or when government relief funding will be made available but if financial assistance doesn't arrive soon, many of them will either close or stagnate as people start finding other sources of income to survive the Winter.

We are appealing to you for monetary contributions to help avoid this. Even a small contribution will help us pay staff or simply keep the power and internet going for another month. The Rand exchange is quite favourable right now against most major currencies so your donation will go far.  Our intention is to assist about a dozen community guides and businesses with up to $2000 to put towards their operations.  We've set a target over 2 month as a portion of the funds raised will be put towards helping business to get their experiences online with virtual tours and live experiences.


Please click on Donate Now to make a contribution. You can also use the notes field to include a message for a specific business or local guide if you have one, we'll make sure they see it.

We'd like thank you for your valued support and wish you and your family health, strength & patience during this difficult time.

With warm regards,
Zaki
Closer to Africa PTY Ltd

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