Around the River Club
Work to upgrade the two honeymoon chalets, Livingstone and Rhodes, has started and will be completed by 16 December 2008. Both chalets are having new bathrooms fitted, a sundeck built and a large splash pool installed (which can be heated in the winter).
The River Club closed to guests on 30 November for the annual maintenance programme to be undertaken. All chalets have had new showers installed during this period.
A bushbuck family has been seen around the perimeter fence, and hippo were seen mating in the river by Rhodes Chalet!
Simonga Village Project Update
November was a busy month for Simonga, with a substantial donation made to the Basic School funded by guests from The River Club, totalling fifteen million kwacha! Twelve million of this was spent on mosquito nets, enough for all the 350 school children at Simonga School as well as the 30 elderly villagers. The remaining three million kwacha was spent on pens and pencils and a school bag. (Each child received at least 10 pens and pencils each.)
Simonga Village project manager, Christelle, has worked hard building a relationship with the school PTA (pictured), a group of parents who are the decision makers on who funds are spent. They are the ones who requested that funds be spent in this way. It is hoped that the relationship between Christelle and the PTA will be the impetus for new committees to be formed in the village to involve more villagers in the projects undertaken by The River Club, creating a more democratic and inclusive environment all round.
A new volunteer, Louise, has arrived from the UK to assist with the village projects and her first visit to the village was the donation event mentioned above. Photos of the mosquito net and stationery event can be seen here.
Climate in November
Mean Temperature: 77.2 F (25.1C)
High Mean Temperature: 90.7F (32.6C)
Low Mean Temperature: 66.4F (19.1C)
Mean Monthly Rainfall: 70.4mm (2.9inches) - November is the start of the rainy season.
Relative Humidity (mean value): 55.2%