To save me the trouble of sending the same PM repeatedly, I decided on rather posting how it works.
As the project got going, things have settled down in a certain pattern which seems to be working very well.
At the head of the Project is obviously Jannie and Vanessa who started this from scratch.
Everybody wanted to help but doing it in a haphazard way was no good idea. Then things go wrong and accusations start flying around like I did more than that, I donated this, I'm responsible for the project....etc. Not what the HR's, VHR's or Jannie and Vanessa want. So I agreed to pull all the loose ends together on paper, well, the net.
I'm just the middle man doing the
. Lion Queen, an HR from Upington with a real passion for the Kalahari, it's people and Kgalagadi, is my "boss".
We're in daily contact. She tells me when there's been a post that something is being donated and I need to go have a look and contact the donator. That's the reason you'll be receiving a hopefully friendly
PM requesting for info on what you sent or are sending to Tsammaland.
What happens to that info? I keep a spreadsheet which is shared with EVERYBODY who indicated they want to
be involved in the Project and the Moderators, on which the name of the donator, items and how many of each item was sent. That way Jannie and Vanessa know what they have, what to expect etc.
I'm often asked exactly what you need to send me. If you're donating books or clothes, simply say 50 books or 10 bags of clothing. That's enough. Same with other items in large quantities. Keep it simple.
Enter the guys who REALLY do all the work - Scouter, ctv4 and Lion Queen. They are responsible for getting the items to Tsammaland in some way or the other. So if you want to know how to get something there, they are the ones to contact.
Money matters go through the Give 'n Gain site. I have NOTHING to do with that - I leave that in the capable safe hands of JenB. So if you want to donate a cash amount, contact her for the link as there are many of those under the SanParks name and you wouldn't want it to go to the wrong project. JenB lets me know when a donation has been made and how much.
If anybody else wants to get involved in any way, please contact any of the people I mentioned above. You don't need to go through me, I'm not the main organizer. To me there are none but Jannie and Vanessa. This is a Forum project run via the HR's and VHR's. No secrets, nothing underhand, just a bunch of people that care about Kgalagadi.