CITW Nutrition Programme forges ahead thanks to generous donations
Children in the Wilderness (CITW) Zimbabwe’s Nutrition Programme is yielding impressive results, with a notable improvement in children’s school attendance, concentration levels and general health. Thanks to a number of generous donations, supplies of maize meal, sugar beans, salt and cooking oil are sent every two weeks to schools in five community villages in the Tsholotsho area of Zimbabwe, on the border of Hwange National Park. The food provided ensures that more than 1 200 schoolchildren receive a nutritious meal every school day of the year.
Donor funding secures essential supplies for community schools
Seven rural primary schools in Tsholotsho, Lukosi and Victoria Falls have been equipped with vital supplies such as exercise books and chalk. Benefitting schools included Ziga, Ngamo, Mpindo, Kapane and Jakalasi Primary Schools (in Tsholotsho), St Mary’s Primary School (in Lukosi) and Jabulani Primary School (in Victoria Falls). These donations will help a combined total of 2 180 schoolchildren. Teachers and students alike were full of smiles and gratitude as they expressed their excitement and thanks for these gifts.
It’s playtime at Ngamo and Ziga Primary Schools!
The school grounds at both Ngamo and Ziga Primary Schools had virtually nothing when it came to having a specifically designed play-area for their junior primary children and most playtime was spent sitting under trees or playing in the dust.
Grand Circle Foundation (GCF) agreed that it was time to develop playgrounds at these two schools. GCF provided the resources and community members were encouraged by CITW to help build swings, seesaws, and climbing frames as well as a rustic “summer-house”, which provides shade during the hot summer months. The project was completed in November 2013 and since then the children have been enjoying their colourful new playgrounds while benefitting from improved manual dexterity and positive motor-skill development.
Ziga community benefits from generous donations
Ziga Community, in Tsholotsho on the outskirts of Hwange National Park, has received a number of generous donations over the past year, including 150 mosquito nets from Mr Bill Hilton, and an entire library and media centre for the primary school, thanks to donations from GCF. The centre has a dedicated area designed to accommodate the many books the school has received over the years, as well as another area to house computer equipment. The school has also received computer equipment and the cell phone network now extends to the school opening up a whole new world to the community.
New boreholes installed at primary schools
Access to clean water is a challenge in the rain-scarce areas in which CITW operates, but thanks to the installation of boreholes at some of the community schools and villages in Tsholotsho and Victoria Falls, water is now in plentiful supply.
CITW and Rotary Club of Victoria Falls were approached by Mr Attie Jonker, Director of Franklin Electric in South Africa, with regard to a donation for the boreholes. Franklin Wells for the World Foundation (FWWF), a global leader in the production of water and fuelling systems, successfully installed five boreholes.
During the handover, a local Chief said that while his village had been there for almost 100 years, this was the first time they had access to the clear water that had been running deep below their feet.