Prof.Dr. Bernhard Maisch & Inge, Ulrich-Karl & Irmgard Koenig, Rolf Justi

Rotary Clubs :  Marburg and Marburg-Schloss

The visit of this team was mainly to ascertain progress of the Global Grant for Thusanang by these clubs. The fruition of this Global grant was due to the hard work by Prof.Dr. Bernhard Maisch and the efficient and very time consuming hard work of preparing the Grant proposal to R.I. by Peter Stuart-Thompson, ably and skilfully assisted by the Director of Thusanang, Mrs Terry Morgan.

The visit of the team was preceeded by many friendly e-mails, which also helped to get them to accept “home hosting”. Host families were Laurie and Erie Railton and Heinz and Lorna Haas.

The team arrived ahead of time and were met and greeted near the intersection of Paledi Mall.

After welcoming the group we took them to Paledi shopping mall for cooldrinks - a new experience for them!

Terry Morgan and Ann Luther met us and to everyone’s amusement, took us to a Funeral Parlour (you can imagine the comments) where 21 Thusanang Practitioners were receiving training and guidance in the art of making teaching materials for the pre-schools.. It was amazing to see the transformation of toilet rolls into butterflies, bees etc., and nice to see an environmental theme which the children will be taught about. Many pictures were taken displaying  both Rotary clubs' logo’s and a Haenertsburg club tear drop. Our German guests were clearly impressed with what they saw at this training session.

We then moved to Thusanang Centre where a lovely cold lunch was provided. This was followed by a very impressive power point presentation. Questions were asked and ably answered by Terry and Ann. We then observed a group of Practitioners at a session in the Thusanang Hall. They gave a very enjoyable display of dancing and singing nursery songs and some of our visitors even joined in the happy throng. A short tour of the Centre followed including the nursery school, where once again our visitors were clearly impressed by this well run centre.

Later, after settling into their host's home, our guests were taken to our Rotary meeting where Prof.Dr. Bernhard Maisch gave a very interesting talk about Marburg where he was Dean of the medical faculty in one of Europe’s oldest Universities. He also congratulated Peter on the excellent work he had done in finalizing all the paperwork with R.I, in such a short time.

After breakfast the following morning our guests left for a scenic tour of the Blyde Canyon and Panorama route back to Johannesburg.

Haenertsburg Rotarian Ann Luther (right) with a Marburg Club visitor at the training centre.

Terry Morgan, Director of Thusanang Trust (right) showing the Marburg Rotary Club visitors around the centre.


It has taken nearly 3 years, but finally, through exceptional commitment, networking and determination, the Rotary Haenertsburg Club Foundation Officer, Peter Stuart-Thompson has managed to find international sponsors and has successfully secured a Global Grant to train 16 Early Childhood Development (ECD) practitioners over a 16-month period. 

The training will be conducted by the local ECD organisation, Thusanang Trust. The theory part of the training will take place at the Thusanang Training Centre in Haenertsburg, and the practical hands-on part of the training will be conducted at the 16 different rural ECD centres where the ECD practitioners reside. 

It took a great deal of canvassing and searching to find the international sponsors, which is the requirement for a Global Grant. Contributions given by the following partners, donors and the Rotary World Fund amounted to $66,775 (R772,860). Harley Owners Big Five Group and some individuals; Rotary Club of Haenertsburg and their District 9400; Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale (Florida, USA) and their District 6990; Rotary Club of Point West (Sacramento, California USA) and their District 5180; and the matching grants from the Rotary World Fund. World Fund provides 50% matching grants for all Club contributions. The project will begin in mid 2018.

Rotary Haenertsburg & Thusanang Trust

What is a Global Grant?

In short: a project initiated by one club with funds they have raised, topped up by their own district (in our case most of the 'Old Transvaal, Swaziland, Botswana and Southern Mozambique) and in partnership with at least one international partner club and district. This is then matched by The Rotary Foundation. The result is that funds we raise are geared way beyond what we could raise ourselves.

What is The Rotary Foundation?

From http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Rotary_International.aspx the following:

Web site: http://www.rotary.org

Not-for-Profit Service Organization
Rotary International is one of the largest not-for-profit service organizations in the world, with more than one million members actively participating in thousands of local clubs spread across 161 countries around the world. From its headquarters in Evans-ton, Illinois, Rotary International provides its members with the opportunity to address such issues as AIDS, homelessness, polio, lack of education, hunger, and other national and international problems. Rotary International Foundation contributes nearly $100 million every year toward humanitarian programs in which Rotary members participate and voluntarily raise funds. More than any other membership organization throughout the United States, the members of Rotary

More information about the Global Grant


Rotary Haenertsburg and Thusanang Trust


The Harley Owners group, Big Five Chapter, Nelspruit visited Magoebaskloof on 6,7 and 8 November.  At a gala evening at the Magoebaskloof Hotel HOG BIG FIVE donated R10,000 to the Thusanang Trust - two further unexpected donations were made by individuals of R10,000 each, bringing the total then to R30,000, then doubled by Rotary. A total of R60,000 for the evening! 18 Rotarians were our guests, to receive the donations on behalf of Thusanang Trust.