Quest for Community

NPC enterprise number 2009 / 016985 / 08

 

Our reason for starting Quest for Community is two-fold; firstly because we believe that it is vital that while the young men doing this course are learning skills to enable and equip them to succeed in life, they also learn to be aware of the community around them, especially those less fortunate. We believe that interaction with those in our local community will enrich the Quest experience and the Questors' awareness of their responsibility to others. We also feel a responsibility to give back to the community and allow those around us to be enriched by our program. Everyone has something to give and to share, and we trust that as we interact with our community, it will be of benefit to the community and to the Questors. 

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Education

 Quest has partnered with two local organisation, one working with school leavers, and the other, a primary school.

Our interaction with these groups is along these lines:

•  skills transferral to local youth, in particular;

-  woodwork

-  mechanics

-  plumbing and electrics

-  cooking skills

-  media skills

-  horse riding

-  business skills

•  embarking on adventure life skills training with local youth

-  hiking

-  paddling

-  running

•  using learnt skills to create resources for local school, Bushwillow Primary

Conservation

 Quest is based on the Kaba Game Farm, that is involved in the conservation of valuable wildlife, in addition to a unique coastal dune forest ecosystem, that is home to an endangered cycad endemic to this area, Encephalartosarenarius,  amongst other valuable plant species. The Quest participants will be involved in various conservation activities including:

• wildlife veterinary work with buffalo and other species,

• game counts and wildlife monitoring, particularly of secretive and sensitive species such as blue duiker, grysbok, leopard, honey badger and caracal,

• maintaining of bird lists, tree lists and grass lists,

• construction and development of a natural history museum, that will be used for education and developing awareness of the unique heritage this area provides, in terms of its wildlife and its human history,

• veld assessment and ongoing monitoring of veld condition changes,

• rehabilitation of bush encroached veld areas, and

• the opening and maintaining of walking trails through the coastal forests.