Compiling ‘photo essays’ that tell the story of your sustainability journey is a unique service offering of levelle perspectives’ portfolio. Combined with our unique understanding of sustainable tourism and related local development impacts, this visual storytelling tool will provide a highly effective supplement to your communication strategy.

Whether you choose to use your photo essays in annual integrated reports, newsletters, fundraising campaigns, presentations, websites, and / or coffee table books,  these photographic compilations will engage your audience in a way that could not be achieved through text alone.

Our blog provides a few samples of what we’ve done during our initial development. Contact us for suggestions that best suit your needs.

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The Pebbles Project – getting a head start in the Cape Winelands

What better place to start an EXPEDITION than in one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations? We skipped the wine tasting rooms though and went straight to The Pebbles Project in the heart of the Cape Winelands.

© 2013 Lettie Irving Wildlife Photography

The Pebbles Project works through 28 schools and crèches in the area to support the specialised educational needs of disadvantaged children and youth. Many of these promising young learners grow up in particularly challenging environments, which sometimes include the prevalence of fetal alcohol syndrome, domestic violence, and poor diet.

© 2013 Lisa Scriven ι levelle perspectives

The facilities they have created are bright, colourful, and create a stimulating environment for all of the eager learners, ranging from toddlers to teenagers.

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We, the TEP team were intrigued to hear how the Pebbles Project strategically implements its educational activities with the support of four other key areas: health, nutrition, environment, and protection.

© 2013 Lisa Scriven ι levelle perspectives

The Pebbles Project has not only had a positive impact on the children and youth of the area, but also amongst the broader community. Just as we were about to leave one of the farm labourers dropped off a bag of delicious freshly picked oranges!

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We came away from the Pebbles Project with a really positive feeling: passionate people, happy children and a perfect launch to The EXPEDITION Project!

© 2013 Lisa Scriven ι levelle perspectives

For more information about the work being done by the Pebbles Project team, visit www.pebblesproject.co.za.

This photo blog was prepared in support of The EXPEDITION Project 2013.

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Madiba’s 94th reaches out through tourism

“…ninety-two, ninety-three, ninety-FOUR!!” The crowd’s chant TCDT_Mandela Day 2012 (3 of 6)could be heard throughout the neighbouring communities of Philippi as they celebrated Tata Madiba’s birthday outside the buzzing Red, Green and Gold Educare. South African flags streamed proudly through the streets as a spontaneous rendition of Nkosi Sikeleli iAfrika broke out. One might be struck a little short of breath when first witnessing the depth of pride that beams from South Africans as they sing their national anthem; today was no exception.

A group totaling no fewer tTCDT_Mandela Day 2012 (1 of 6)han 70 arrived in waves throughout the morning at the little crèche in Marcus Garvy informal settlement in Philippi. With them came deliveries of food, books, fire extinguishers, South African flags and some good old fashioned muscle-power to help with everything from stirring soup and washing windows, to planting trees and moving stones from the children’s play area.

All activities were swiftly and graciously directed by the Head Mistress “Siya” – a lovely woman of calm confidence who could be found sporting her funky floral wellies in the midst of whatever work there wasTCDT_Mandela Day 2012 (5 of 6) to be done. Today she welcomed helping hands and donations from many businesses and individuals from the tourism and hospitality sector, including Anix Consulting, Blue Flag, Discover Africa, Ashanti Lodge, Jewel Africa, Centre Stage Travel, and Laura Prast. All thanks to the critical coordinating and lobbying efforts of the Tourism Community Development Trust.

Siya and her team at the crèche met the Tourism Community Development Trust during a TCDT_Mandela Day 2012 (2 of 6)particularly bad flood during the winter of 2011. After weathering that particular storm, the crèche was still in dire need of a plan – complete with action to back it up – in order to avoid finding itself sloshing through water again in future. The Tourism Community Development Trust came with both; they organised an extremely successful gala dinner for this particular cause, hosted by the Mount Nelson and raising sufficient funds to build an elevated wooden classroom complete with an admin office, sick bay and toilet facilities! Since then, the Tourism Community Development Trust has continued to support the crèche by channeling the generosity of the sector, including this year’s “giving back” activities in honour of Nelson Mandela’s birthday.

The Tourism Community Development Trust plays a veTCDT_Mandela Day 2012 (4 of 6)ry unique and effective role in responding to local needs such as these by mobilising and coordinating the contributions of tourism and hospitality businesses and individuals so that they have maximum impact. After all, individual contributions on their own are often not enough to meet larger demands. When you put them all together and focus them on a common goal, however, the bigger projects of community groups such as the Red, Green and Gold Educare can be achieved!

For more information on the activities of the Tourism Community Development Trust and how your community investment efforts can be pooled through them, go to www.tcdtrust.org.za.
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