The Simunye Project began in 2006 when trip leader Peter Dry met with Susan Rammekwa, in Roodepoort, South Africa. She was running the Tshepang After School Programme for orphaned and vulnerable children out of Princess Crossing, a shanty town. He was struck by two things. One, the fact that we have the means to make a massive difference to the lives of children in poor communities. We have the resources, skills and capabilities to do so. Secondly, he was acutely aware of the lessons volunteers could learn from the Princess community. Lessons of joy, resilience, community, resourcefulness and Ubuntu – a quality that includes the essential human virtues; compassion and humanity.
In 2007 The Simunye Project ran their first trip; a three-week experience where volunteers do hands-on work in underprivileged communities. Since then The Simunye Project has sent over 180 volunteers and raised over $250,000. Every cent goes directly to those who need it most. This makes the Project unique.
In 2015, Peter started Simunye Project US, taking motivated students and volunteers from The Principia School in St. Louis, Missouri on an annual life-changing trip that rapidly build skills in persistence, preparation, leadership and teamwork.