Children in the Wilderness is a non-profit organisation operating in Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. CITW is supported by ecotourism company Wilderness Safaris to facilitate sustainable conservation through leadership development and education of rural children in Africa. Insight, care and commitment are required to conserve Africa’s pristine wilderness and wildlife areas.

More than 7800 children have been hosted on annual camps since 2001. Our weekly Eco-Clubs reach over 3 300 children in rural community schools across seven countries, while 1 000 or more teachers and Eco-Mentors are trained on our programme, and 600+ children are supported on our scholarship programme annually.

If we are to ensure that these places continue to exist – in this generation and those to come – we need the rural children of Africa to understand the importance of conservation and its relevance in their lives. Hence, our CITW programme focusing on environmental and life skills education for rural children, focusing on the next generation of decision-makers: inspiring them to care for their natural heritage and to become the custodians of these areas in the future.