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Josephine Bestic
One of the most wonderful and impactful consequences of Okavango Wilderness Safaris camps hosting visitors is the receipt of much-needed and appreciated children’s supplies, donated through the Pack for a Purpose initiative. Since last year, Children in the Wilderness (CITW) Botswana has been delighted to accept stationery and toiletries from guests at Wilderness’ Botswana camps,...
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Recognising the need to offer a second chance to girls who did not do well academically at school in neighbouring communities, Wilderness Safaris has initiated a sustainable life-skills programme focusing on agriculture. Started in partnership with Blue Collar Traveller (Children in the Wilderness Zambezi’s long-term scholarship sponsors), the Agri-Course for Girls programme commenced at the...
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As a Botswana NGO, Children in the Wilderness (CITW) plays an important role in raising awareness for environmental issues and promoting sustainable development. In 2021, CITW and the FNBB Foundation collaborated to work with Parakarungu Primary School to develop an environmental education, life- and leadership skills programme for the children and teachers. The CITW Botswana...
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As of last week, all of the staff in the Wilderness Victoria Falls office are looking into the future with much clearer vision! We at CITW set up our eye-testing and screening station in the garden of the Victoria Falls office and offered all staff at Wilderness the opportunity to get their eyes tested. The...
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In 2018 the Haagvalken family were guests of Wilderness Vumbura Plains, where they had the opportunity to engage with the nearby community. Beetsha Primary was one of the schools they visited, and the family was inspired to support the school through our Children in the Wilderness programme. Accordingly, they made a donation for the construction...
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It’s always wonderfully affirming to hear from former Eco-Club members. Cane is an uplifting example of a child that was on the CITW programme throughout primary school – excelling to the point of being chosen to attend the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) bridging course. He notes that “after the SAWC course I obtained my...
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The annual rains have arrived in full force in the usually drought-ridden area of Tsholotsho, in, Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland, bringing much-needed water for newly planted fields, and filling the natural waterholes and dams. With this area being notoriously difficult to farm, due to poor soil, extreme temperatures and an erratic rainfall pattern, it has provided relief...
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Cherished CITW supporters, Claude and Barbara Mayfield of the Zambezi Schoolbook Project, have been instrumental in improving literacy in rural Zimbabwe, a feat of exceptional fundraising, organisational and logistical skills. Since the inception of our partnership, and their first container of reading material was shipped from Atlanta in the USA in 2014, tens of thousands...
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During the first week of December, 30 girls from Seronga’s Ngambao Junior Secondary School underwent yet another exciting and empowering training at the second Conservation Science Camp for Girls in Rural Areas in Eretsha. The camp, which is supported by the US Embassy and implemented by Children in the Wilderness (CITW) Botswana, is intended to...
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A Wilderness Safaris guest visited a Himba village close to Serra Cafema, and came across a Himba mom with a young baby who has albinism.  The guest felt the need to help the mom with the necessary sunscreen and other needs for the baby, and when they returned to Windhoek, they bought the supplies and...
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