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One of the most wonderful and impactful consequences of Okavango Wilderness Safaris camps hosting visitors is the receipt of much-needed and appreciated children’s supplies, donated through the Pack for a Purpose initiative.

Given that visits to schools are often at the top of many travellers’ to-do lists when in Zimbabwe, our team has implemented a simple, fun, yet effective reading lesson for guests to give to students during their visits. As a result, these lessons are mutually beneficial for the visitors and children, because guests are able to interact and observe schools in Zimbabwe, while students obtain essential literacy skills through the lesson. With reinforcement and repetition being one of the most important tools when teaching children to read, these lessons align with the lesson plans and materials provided to the teachers who attended our literacy workshop at the beginning of the month.

Parakarungu Primary School (in Chobe) is the most recent beneficiary of donated goods, which we were thrilled to hand over during our follow up visit on the 18th of February. The donated items comprised pencils, erasers, scissors, rulers, glue sticks, coloured pencils, crayons, purses, Prestik, calculators, world map globes, toothbrushes and underwear.

School management appreciated the donation and stated that it will sustain them while the council works around the clock to provide materials for the school.

At CITW we take pride in making sure that the schools we work have every opportunity to achieve excellence, not only on issues that concern the environment, but also academically and with the welfare of the children in mind.

From all of us at CITW Botswana, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to Wilderness’ guests for remembering our children and “Packing for a Purpose”, as well as OWS Camp Management and Maun Travel Shop employees for your tremendous diligence in accepting the gifts and ensuring their prompt delivery to our office!

Report by Gaba Modirapula, CITW Botswana Administrator