Since its inception, Bambelela has been funded to the tune of 2.5 million Rand by Silke. She has used all her savings for the building and maintenance of the facilities, the running of the centre and the caring of wild animals, including their daily expenses of food and medicines.
The only other funding that Bambelela has had is:
- The income from the accommodation offered to the tourism sector, which consists of three self-catering chalets which sleep up to a total of 16 people per night.
- The income from the “Guardian Angel Program”, which allows members of the public to virtually adopt Vervet Monkeys and pay for their upkeep.
- Donations from the private sector.
At the moment Bambelela is running at monthly losses of between R10 000 and R20 000, which is not sustainable. In order to keep monthly expenses to a minimum, Silke has over the years relied on non-paid and non-paying Volunteers to help their with the wildlife care. She now must ask volunteers for a monthly contribution towards volunteer accommodation, food, laundry costs etc., in the same way that other centres do. In return she is giving the volunteers an opportunity to study with Bambelela for the FGASA exam, to qualify as a Level 1 Field Guide, with future prospects of finding employment in the tourism or game industry.
Every year Silke hopes to run Bambelela Wildlife Care & Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation Farm as a fully functioning, financially self-sustaining organization.
Should anyone wish to help in the work at Bambelela, they can donate as follows:
Bambelela Wildlife Care NPC
First National Bank
Acc. No 620 192 533 19,
Branch: Bela Bela
Branch No: 260-347
FIRNZAJJ420, changed to : FIRNZAJJ
Since March 2016 we are registered as a not for profit company:
Bambelela Wildlife Care NPC,
Company No. 2015/271368/08
Registration No. K2015271368.
We are currently applying for our PBO number from SARS.
1 Minaar Avenue