Children in the Wilderness Botswana: Annual Awards, YES camp and Eco-Club Donation
Children in the Wilderness (CITW) is a non-profit organisation supported by Wilderness Safaris. It began in Botswana in 2001, and is an environmental and life skills educational programme that focuses on the next generation of rural decision makers, developing environmental leaders who are inspired to care for their natural heritage so that they become the custodians of these areas in the future.
The programme makes use of fun and informative Eco-Clubs, run at schools in the areas that neighbour the wild areas in which Wilderness Safaris operates, as well as camp programmes that take place at Wilderness and partner lodges. It runs Eco-Mentor training in all areas, scholarship programmes and supports various other community development projects.
Children in the Wilderness Botswana is proud to share the following updates from 2016.
Eco-Club Annual Awards
There are three floating trophies which are given on an annual basis to the top three schools which CITW Botswana works with. The competition is in its second year and it will be running for four years coming to an end in 2018. The schools are nominated based on their general performance regarding their Eco-Clubs. In 2015 the top three schools were: Beetsha, Gunotsoga and Sankoyo Primary Schools. This award encourages the Eco-Club coordinators and members to work hard as all of them aim to bring the trophy home.
Youth Environmental Stewardship Camp
15 children from Seronga, Gunotsoga, Beetsha and Gudigwa attended the first YES camp at Santawani in April 2016. The days were filled to the brim with activity. An awards ceremony was held before each group’s departure, and CITW chose to leave each student (and a teacher) with a lifelong duty and responsibility. This year’s gift to each student was a young tree and the aim was that everyone takes their own tree and replants it at home and watches how long it takes for a tree to “fully” grow. This in turn gives a complete understanding that when a tree is cut down for whatever purpose, it does not grow back overnight. The trees were all indigenous fruit trees and will produce plenty to consume in years to come.
Habu Adult Eco-Club receives an over-locking sewing machine
The Habu Adult Eco-Club is currently making uniforms for Habu pre-school children and making different artefacts, including quilted bed covers. All of these projects have to date been hand-sewn. The challenge the group was facing was to produce items in time due to a lack of equipment; so the donation of an over-locking sewing machine came at the right time. When the machine was handed over the group they also received training from an expert on how to operate the machine. The group members were all very happy and thank the American Embassy for the donation.