Children Connected to the Wilderness

On the 2019 Namibia annual camp at Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp (DRC) we discovered that Kaveumana from Otjinungua Mobile School and Newman from Elias Amaxab Combined School had very interesting connections to Wilderness Safaris.

Tjimbiru Kaveumana is a 15-year-old girl in Grade 4 who hails from the Marienfluss Conservancy; she has attended CITW camps from a very young age.

In the picture (in the Wilderness Safaris Namibia Agent Manual), she is the little Himba girl holding the baby. Kaveumana joined the Wereldsend camp in 2016, as well as the Damaraland Adventure Camp in 2018; the camp at DRC is her third annual camp.

It was beautiful to see how she recognised herself – she couldn’t believe it and kept repeating to her fellow campers, “This is me, this is me!”

We are excited and looking forward to the career path she will choose, as she has mentioned that she would love to be a nurse and take care of her people some day. We believe that at heart she is an environmentalist.

Newman Caleb Hawaxab, a 12-year-old boy in Grade 6 told us how his father had been a guide with Wilderness Safaris. Mr Gotlod U Hawaxab worked as a guide at Desert Rhino Camp from 2002 until 2013, while Newman’s mother, Mrs Riana V Kasaona worked in DRC’s Housekeeping Department from 2006 until 2012.

They are currently both working at the Kunene Regional Council in Opuwo – Mr Godlot as the driver and Ms Riana as a cleaner.

Newman would like to become a guide just like his father and his DRC guide, Johannes. He was inspired to learn about the animals and plants, and how to become more environmentally friendly. Newman says he will put extra effort into his science homework at school, and he is excited to attend all his Eco-Club lessons.

Otjinungua Mobile School campers, their teachers, Desert Rhino Camp guides and Eco-Mentors after a nature drive out on the reserve

By Juliet Binda, CITW Namibia Administrative Assistant

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