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Ubuntu Makasi - Human Connections

€2,600 of €3,500 goal

Raised by 46 people in 35 months
We are a young family realizing our longtime dream of traveling through Africa for one year in our own unique zebra-looking motorhome to promote the African philosophy of Ubuntu (human kindness/human interconnection) & capture inspiring positive stories to challenge African stereotypes in mainstream media (check our travel blog). That's why the name of our motorhome is 'Ubuntu Makasi' meaning 'Strength through Human Connections'.

Tresor is a humanist, social justice activist and passionate film-maker of thought-provoking documentaries. Dayana sees herself as a world citizen (both believe in a borderless world!) with an African heart and determined peace-builder with focus on child & youth empowerment. Benisha is our adorable, adventurous little girl that loves exploring and joining her parents on their exciting African journey.

We first planned to raise funds for producing our documentary film as we do not only aim to share our personal journey, but especially powerful inspiring stories of activists, social entrepreneurs and artists from the African grassroots level to shift minds to see the beautiful and diverse motherland Africa as an uprising continent full of hidden potentials.

However, being now stranded with our motorhome in Upington near the Botswana border with an oil leak that turned into a major engine issue & our visas for Botswana and South Africa already expired due to the delay of getting the vehicle fixed during festive season, we decided to start this Gofundme campaign to try cover at least part of all the unexpected costs for engine repairs, route changes, new visas etc. to hit the African roads again.

You can check out our Gofundme video for more details and click HERE (coming soon!) for our short documentary of our exciting Africa journey so far.

As a bonus for our supporters:
Win one of 5 cool UBUNTU MAKASI T-shirts:
1. First T-shirt goes to the first non-family supporter.
2. Second T-shirt goes to the most generous donation during the campaign.
3. Third T-shirt goes to the supporter with the most encouraging donation message.
And the last two shirts go to 2 randomly selected supporters.

You can also follow our African journey as a family on:
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/ubuntumakasi/  
- Twitter: @UbuntuMakasi
- and Facebook:  www.facebook.com/groups/742350305885654/

Thank you all for following and supporting us on our exciting adventure full of unexpected challenges, beautiful surprises and heart-warming human connections!

Peace and Love,
Dayana, Tresor & Benisha
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Important Update:
we just overcame our most challenging part of our African journey! If you think our last update sounded already adventurous and nerve-wrecking, wait for this & our following ones... :
4 weeks ago, we were finally ready to hit the road again with our beloved zebra-camper after fixing our 3rd major engine break & successful test drives (more than 150km incl. steep mountains). We left Tuesday morning (10th May) in an excited mood to travel for ca. 1 week through Southern Tanzania and via Zambia to South Congo to visit family & friends. Tresor stopped our motorhome after 30min for a check & when starting the motor again, there was only the painfully familiar sound of the previous engine breakdown... we did not even make it 25km and the engine died on us - AGAIN :( !!!
We waited around 5-6h for our busy mechanics and Pastor Fillipo's mechanics to tow us back to the Ilula Mission. They all felt our pain after they worked so hard together with Tresor to fix our Ubuntu Makasi. This waiting time gave us enough space to brainstorm our options for possible ways forward with our beloved zebra-camper & our African journey... - and through a whole mix of emotions of frustration, disappointment, dispair and deep sadness, but then acceptance, perseverance and hope, we made some tough decisions - which we believe are truly in the spirit of Ubuntu Makasi ("Strength through Human Connections & Kindness"):
We decided to donate our motorhome to the children of the Ilula Mission (including orphans, children with disabilities and/or HIV/AIDS) as an educational book & toy library, as well as a memory space of our Ubuntu Makasi adventures and the inspiring encounters we had! ... ... ...
BUT: our African adventure is FAR from being finished! As our most challenging & adventurous part is still happening: As now we had to make our way to Congo via Zambia - with our little Benisha & more than 12 bags of more than 200kg of luggage (!!!) - just with African public transport as we were now without our beloved zebra motorhome...
Our official hand-over of our beloved Ubuntu Makasi motorhome as a donation to the children of the Ilula Mission in Southern Tanzania
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A lot has happened since our last Update: After entering Tanzania, a petrol station attendant in a village after the border filled up our camper with petrol instead of diesel in April. After the exchange & clean-up, we made it the next day 350km to mountainous Iringa, but had a major engine breakdown ca. 25km further near the small peaceful village of Ilula, where we found lots of amazing Ubuntu helpers: who helped us find local experienced truck mechanics, who towed us into the village where we were warmly welcomed and stayed safely at night. Eventually, we were taken to the Ilula Catholic mission of incredible Italian Pastor Filippo (since 35 years here & created many inspiring community projects), where we could safely leave our beloved Ubuntu motorhome while heading via bus to Dar es Salaam.
We spent there 2.5 weeks at amazing friends and Tresor has been out each day to organize the necessary spare parts on Dar's huge overcrowded markets (amongst his 3 African languages, Tresor luckily also speaks Swahili!) and found a great engineer who reconstructed the cylinderhead. After taking the bus back to Ilula, our amazing local mechanics there miraculously managed to put the heart of Ubuntu back together within 3 days in our 'outdoor workshop' in front of pastor's house! We had several testdrives over the weekend & plan to finally hit the road again :)
We obviously have to cut down our trip again & basically try to get now 'only' straight to family & friends in DR Congo via Zambia and then back to South Africa (via Zambia & Zimbabwe) - another ca. 5000km as we now halfway through our African trip adventure!
Our 3rd engine breakdown being assessed by local mechanics of Ilula, while Benisha already plays with local children...
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After 2 amazing months in beautiful, peaceful Malawi, indeed the warm
Heart of Africa, & collecting some inspiring stories along the way, we reached Tanzania a few days ago, where it's in the middle of the rain season!
We are busy with a few mechanic repairs after some tough roads & our little girl Benisha hopes to see some African animals in one of the many National Parks here :)
We still hope to reach with more support our goal to recover some of our unexpected expenses & so please help us sharing our campaign!
We are amazed by the big banana plantations after the border in Tanzania!!!
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After a great time at Mozambique's beautiful tropical beaches & an adventurous four day drive through rural Mozambique (including crossing the Chire river with crocodiles & hippos in a hand-operated ferry) to cross the unknown isolated border post at Villa Nova de Fronteira, we are now in suprisingly hilly Malawi, visiting friends in Blantyre & Lilongwe and looking forward meeting new inspiring connections at Lake Malawi & in Northern Malawi :)!
When just crossing the Malawi border... lots of kids just loved our Ubuntu Makasi camper & Benisha couldn't wait to play with all of them :)
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€2,600 of €3,500 goal

Raised by 46 people in 35 months
Created January 9, 2016
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€80
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30 months ago (Offline Donation)
GD
€100
Gisela Dreke
30 months ago (Offline Donation)

'Nachtraeglich fuer Tresor's Geburtstag und eure sichere Weiterreise'

JD
€100
Jana & Volker Dreke
31 months ago (Offline Donation)

'Mit besten Glueckwuenschen an Tresor - feiert schoen zusammen in Tanzania/Zambia'

JD
€150
Jana Dreke
32 months ago (Offline Donation)

'Geniess Zanzibar für dein Geburtstagswochenende - wir denken an euch!'

VD
€150
Volker Dreke
32 months ago (Offline Donation)

'Mit allerliebsten Geburtstagsgrüssen & viel Spass auf Zanzibar!'

GD
€100
Gisela Dreke
32 months ago (Offline Donation)

'Mit besten Geburtstagsgrüssen!!!'

VD
€50
Volker Dreke
32 months ago (Offline Donation)

'Fuer eure Tour durch Tanzania' - Danke Papi!!!

GD
€120
Gisela Dreke
33 months ago (Offline Donation)

Allerbesten Dank fuer das Ostergeld - wir freuen uns riesig! Mit besten Ostergruessen vom noerdlichen Malawi-See :)

VD
€50
Volker Dreke
33 months ago (Offline Donation)

"Viel Spass im Liwonde National Park mit Elefanten & Hippos :)!"

€20
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33 months ago (Offline Donation)
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