Children in the Wilderness aims to create a network of learning sanctuaries that uplifts, conserves and cares for our children and our planet. Here’s the latest update
Wilderness Safaris’ Toka Leya donated 1 000 trees from its nursery to the NGO Greenpop for a three-week ‘Trees for Zambia’ reforestation project in Livingstone. The project also aims to raise awareness about climate change, environmental sustainability and alternative energy sources. Over the three weeks, 1 021 indigenous trees were planted at six different schools, on subsistence farms and in reforestation sites.
Meanwhile, on the border of Kafue National Park, CITW Zambia has begun helping Mapoko Basic School. In Zambia, teachers are only employed (and paid for by the government) if the schools can provide sufficient housing for them – and at Mapoko School, due to a lack of staff housing (see image above of the old housing!), there are only four teachers for 500 students! During a visit by Ingrid Baas, CITW Zambia Director, the headmaster requested help in building new staff houses. CITW Zambia took it on and are happy to report that the first building supplies were delivered to the school in July. The community and school had already started the building process, making bricks and starting the foundations. The houses should be completed in October.
Aside from the building developments, the school has created, with the help of CITW children, two fenced vegetable gardens to support the meals served at the school. They have also started up a tree nursery filled with mango, orange, guava and lemon trees!
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