This is the True Measure of Success - Doing Well, By Doing Good
'People matter; it is the right of every person to have their basic needs met and enhancing the well-being of communities is a fundamental obligation of all. Long Runners support activities that enhance the well being of communities they belong to or interact with. Activities in this dimension address fair working conditions, community relations, social infrastructure, social accountability, capacity building and support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), among others.'
When it comes to community support, vocational training in the hospitality sector is the Wolwedans Foundations primary way of 'giving back'. Since the inception of NICE (The Namibian Institute of Culinary Education) based in Windhoek and the Wolwedans Desert Academy, back in 2007, over 300 young Namibians have received NTA accredited training, been certified and successfully entered the job market. With institutional co-funding secured, the program will be expanded to cater for 80 trainees by 2019, making vocational training one of the Foundations, core focus areas.
Because we see the inherent value of our local people, our community engagement remains key to us. One of our immediate and closest communities is the village of Maltahohe. In perhaps one of our most ambitious projects yet, we have laid the groundwork to introduce a community based laundry project, housed at one of our properties in the town. The project is envisioned to support the camps and lodges laundry requirements, whilst building itself up into a self-sustainable, community run business.
Developing good relationships with our local communities goes hand in hand with providing positive opportunities for them and bears unquantifiable fruits, resulting in personal development nurtured through education, training and support.
At the Desert Academy, we provide a safe, healthy and fair living environment, taking great care to meet a high standard for the trainees in our care. Our health and safety policies have been developed over time to accommodate our unique location and environment.
People, planet, and profit are interwoven at Wolwedans, where we aim to achieve the perfect balance, recognising that our efforts will have lasting effects for years, long rewarding generations beyond our own. We believe that this is the true measure of success, learning to do well by doing good.
Because we see the inherent value of our local people, our community engagements remain important to us and to our team. It’s vital for organisations that don’t engage their communities soon become isolated from the realities that face and shape their future. Developing good relationships with and providing positive opportunities for the local community bears unquantifiable fruits, resulting in personal development nurtured through education and training, influencing generations to come. This part of our journey is always evolving, as we continue to seek-out new and innovative ways to uplift and support the people who make Wolwedans happen. Even before trainees have become team members, we’ve begun to instil values and pride in them at the entry level at our academies.
At Wolwedans, we pride ourselves in providing a safe, healthy, and fair working environment, taking great care to meet a high standard, to the best of our ability, for the people in our employ.