Our Charity

The Sustainability Institute, in South Africa

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Did you know that we donate 100% of our profits to charity? By having a great time at the Lexi, you’re helping to support future generations in a very different part of the world. Feels pretty good, right?

The charity we support, The Sustainability Institute, is a pioneering sustainable living and learning centre based in rural Stellenbosch, South Africa.  Through a series of internationally acclaimed programmes the SI is making a major difference for the families of Lynedoch Village and surrounding area. 

Much of the funding from the Lexi is dedicated to working with the children and youths in the valley surrounding Lynedoch.  Projects include:  

  • Supporting the village's care-from-birth crèche and Montessori nursery, which takes the children up to school entry. This focus on early development goes a long way towards off-setting the damage from Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, which is very prevelant in this part of the world.
  • Providing nourishing meals, 2 a day, where otherwise children may go hungry.  Two hundred children a day benefit from this provision, and the food is delicious, too! 
  • Funding the Lynedoch Youth Programme, which provides academic, recreational, cultural, sport and welfare activities to help unlock individual potential during a crucial  period.  Substance abuse, violence from youth gangs and teen pregancies mean a minority of young people complete high school. In recent years the Lexi has funded the Dream Space, a safe space for the teens and 'youths in transition', school leavers who are being helped into work.
  • At the other end of the spectrum, Lexi funding has supported the circle of Knitting Grannies.  These women - often the primary carers in a household - traditionally are left isolated at home during the school day.  Now they enjoy their weekly meet-up in the village, a chance to socialise and up-skill.  Need we say, they have become needle demons, and their work is much in demand in the village!  During Covid lockdown many of the grannies passed on their new-found skills to the young people in their households.

Click here for a glimpse into life in Lynedoch.  In keeping with our focus on the rising generation, the Lexi - with significant fundraising help from local gastro pubs the Salusbury and Chamberlayne - has provided a school bus to make the journey to the primary school in the centre of the village shorter, easier and safer.  

For the overview on all that has been achieved at the SI in 2019, read their Impact Report.

So, enjoy that warm, creamy feeling, for every kernal of popped corn you crunch, every sip of fine Merlot you savour, contributes to the quality of life of those in need at the other end of the world.

Thank you!

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Our Charity

We donate 100% of our profits to The Sustainability Institute,
a pioneering South African charity dedicated to changing lives.

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