Collette Vacations Celebrates Opening of South African Preschool

Collette Vacations' Collette Foundation recently celebrated the opening of the Siyafunda School in Knysna, South Africa. A Collette tour group from Marlin Travel, along with Collette staff and Patrick Wiese, a former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, attended the BBQ lunch celebration.

“It was a privilege and an honor to be at this BBQ luncheon celebration and to see the children’s faces lit up with joy over their new school," said Nancy Davids, senior product manager at Collette. "It was also touching to the see the children taking food to bring back home to their families."

The support of the Collette Foundation and others has allowed the Knysna Educational Trust to educate preschool teachers, give the schools running water, and provide a nutritious meal each day to each child. The educational trust supports 29 preschools in the Knysna Township region.

The trust's goal is to protect children from HIV and physical and mental abuse by providing a safe and positive environment. The Collette Foundation and Knysna Educational Trust have been partners for three years.
 

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