Central African Wilderness Safaris and Children in the Wilderness

In the most recent Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) Christmas and New Year email from Chris Badger (Managing Director), Chris talks about what Children in the Wilderness (CITW) Malawi has acheived in 2018. CAWS and CITW joined forces many years ago to run our programme around Malawi. Read Chris’s report below:

CITW Malawi: 2018 has been an action-packed year for the Children in The Wilderness (CITW) programme, with many new members being enrolled and several existing members completing their higher education and going on to become successful professionals and leaders of conservation. This year, we closed down Chintheche Inn from 28th November to 15th December to host 88 children for the annual CITW Camp. Each year, CAWS closes down one of its camps to paying guests, to support this important programme, which nurtures the next generation of young leaders and conservationists. CITW’s Eco-Club members have been busy helping the Root to Fruit team in Chintheche to prepare for their annual seedling distribution drive coming up early next year, whereas the older YES Club members have been conducting community sanitation campaigns and various other leadership initiatives and workshops. 

Since its inception in 2003, CITW Malawi has come a long way, here are some stats as at the end of 2018:

  • Hosted 1,300+ children through annual camps.
  • Total Eco-Club members – 1,100 (those who have stayed for at least a year).
  • Total no. of Eco-Club members currently, in 12 Primary Schools – 550.
  • Total no. of YES Club members currently, in 4 YES Clubs – 150.
  • Total no. of students who have successfully completed secondary education – 320.
  • Total no. of students who have successfully completed tertiary education – 38.
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