Working in the Makuleke Community and Simson Village in Limpopo Province, and communities in Kwa-Zulu Natal around the Rocktail Bay area, Children in the Wilderness (CITW) South Africa runs Eco-Clubs in seven school, engaging with 203 children. Bokang Shopane is our Regional Programme Coordinator in South Africa.
We work with Modikwa Primary School in Simson Village in Limpopo, South Africa. Portia Pokelwa, our Eco-Club Coorindator, runs her Eco-Clubs at the school on a weekly basis, and is our star Tippy Tap maker.
Thanks to the extraordinary funds raised by the annual Nedbank Tour de Tuli mountain bike event, which takes place in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area (GMTFCA), Children in the Wilderness (CITW) is able to run our life-changing programme in villages in Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe surrounding the GMTFCA.
We host an annual Tri-Nations Camp at Mapungubwe National Park, where we bring children together from these three countries. The initiative began in 2015 as a way of including children living in the GMTFCA areas in CITW programmes. The children who attend camp are selected from the CITW Eco-Clubs in their local schools in accordance with their commitment and portrayal of interest in conservation.
The successful continuation of the Tri-Nations Camp forms part of a bigger project that sees the three countries that form part of the GMTFCA collaborate on various initiatives. These include CITW’s primary fundraising event, the Nedbank Tour de Tuli, a multi-day mountain bike event which traverses amazing and pristine wilderness areas in the three countries. Involving communities which reside in and around the GMTFCA, especially the young children, ensures that these areas will be protected by the local inhabitants in the long run.