The Dreamcatcher Foundation of South Africa, registration number IT/1675/2003, constitutes an appropriate legal body in the form of a development trust, duly registered with the Department of Justice in the Republic of South Africa in terms of section 6 (1) of Act 198 (Act 57 of 1988). Dreamcatcher is a non-profit organization and thus all remaining income after payment of expenses, which are stringently audited, is ploughed back into the development projects and community work to achieve our objectives of poverty relief through life skills and knowledge transfer, and also to find and address the barriers to poverty alleviation by the development of sustainable small businesses owned and run by local entrepreneurs.
We place high value on ensuring a sound environmental ethos and offer practical solutions to facilitate sustainable living at grass roots. We work toward minimizing urbanization, which impacts pressure on maintaining family and community structures. We build confidence and self-esteem, especially among women and youth.
Anthea Rossouw founded Dreamcatcher over two decades ago from humble beginnings, in a then-Apartheid-dominated and racially divided South Africa. She was named “The Dreamcatcher,” by the dying patriarch Moses Kleinhans, who lived in the community of Melkhoutfontein, Stilbaai, South Africa, where she dedicated most of her life to the initiative. In spite of enormous odds, Dreamcatcher, Kamammas, and Bhutis, led by its founder, broke the mold of the mainstream tourist traveler routes, pioneering a movement to spearhead a socio-economic transformation, which changed the lives of many individuals in communities across South Africa, starting out in Melkhoutfontein where the Patriarch Moses, called her “The Dreamcatcher” (Die Droomvanger).
“Dreamcatcher, Homestays, and Cook-up with Kamamma” are today legally registered brands and known to all who actively seek authentic engagement to ensure that locals do benefit from their visit and they in turn get to know the people in their own front and back yards. (Kamamma referring to the mother who carries her baby/community on her back and her husband or partners is alluded to as Bhuti (brother) who supports Kamamma).
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In a bid to spread the wings of Dreamcatcher to fast-track poverty relief and development in more South African communities, Dreamcatcher conceptualized and initiated unique volunteer, social, and intra-cultural engagement experiences: social and small and micro entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer projects all geared to facilitate growth and development in communities struggling in harsh socio-economic conditions and where the future of both the community and the environment is at risk.
Specific emphasis is placed on the important role women could play to rebuild their own lives and that of the communities they live in. Children living in these communities are part of our focus group and are involved in many initiatives throughout the year.
Dreamcatcher works with carefully chosen partners in terms of skills and knowledge transfer, which would be outcomes based and solution focused. We have also joined hands with The Utopia Foundation to develop rewarding volunteer, intern, and skills-transfer programs geared to channel volunteers to the many projects in the Dreamcatcher, Kamamma, and Bhuti communities. As a committed team, we are changing lives in communities every day.
We invite you to join hands with us to facilitate that better life Nelson Mandela dreamed of and one our founder promised him she would keep going to achieve her objective when she met him almost 15 years ago. Join us. Let us work together to facilitate community life with Kamamma where the children believe that there is a better tomorrow.