Since the start of COVID-19, Wilderness Safaris’ non-profit partner, Children in the Wilderness (CITW), has continued to provide crucial support to rural Namibian communities through educational assistance, the provision of Tippy Taps in remote regions and reusable face mask materials.
Since the start of COVID-19, Wilderness Safaris’ non-profit partner, Children in the Wilderness (CITW), has continued to provide crucial support to rural Namibian communities through educational assistance, the provision of Tippy Taps in remote regions and reusable face mask materials.|Source: Wilderness Safaris
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CITW Provides Unwavering Support to Namibia's Remote Communities

“Supporting our communities has never been as critically important as today” - Agnes Tjirare.

By Lorraine Dudu Kinnear

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7 August 2020

NAMIBIA – Since the start of COVID-19, Wilderness Safaris’ non-profit partner, Children in the Wilderness (CITW), has continued to provide crucial support to rural Namibian communities through educational assistance, the provision of Tippy Taps in remote regions and reusable face mask materials. Ongoing food parcel deliveries are providing relief to the Himba community near Wilderness Safaris Serra Cafema, and the donation of a lion-proof kraal to a farm in Damaraland has greatly assisted with livestock protection, helping to combat human-wildlife conflict in the region.

“Supporting our communities has never been as critically important as today”, notes Agnes Tjirare, Wilderness Safaris Namibia’s CITW and Culture Coordinator. “While COVID-19 has negatively affected almost everyone, we remain determined to continue supporting our neighbouring communities – as we have been doing for decades. During this period specifically, we have made time to visit our CITW Eco-Club members, the children, at their homes and were very pleased to see that they are still committed to using the CITW resources and books to help them while they are home-schooling”.

In conjunction with the Head of Department of all mobile schools, CITW undertook a mission to implement Tippy Taps (a simple, easily constructed, hands-free method of washing hands) at various water collection points in villages, reaching extremely remote communities as far as the Himba community of the Otjinungua village in the Marienfluss Conservancy. The organisation provided the associated transportation as well as the materials for this project, such as the containers and soaps, for the construction of a total of 400 Tippy Taps for schools and communities.

Delighted school children
Delighted school childrenSource: Wilderness Safaris

In helping to fight the spread of the pandemic, Wilderness Safaris Namibia also donated 250 outdated, but unused, uniforms to the Warmquelle and De Riet communities to make face masks for local school children at De Riet Kindergarten, Jacob Basson Combined School in Bergsig and Warmquelle Primary School.

In addition to delivering monthly food support, valued at approximately N$7 000, to the Himba community near Serra Cafema, CITW has assessed the needs of the productive Sesfontein community garden that feeds 80 households, and will contribute vegetable seeds and fruit trees to the garden during the COVID state of emergency period. The community members are extremely grateful and are already growing pumpkins, carrots, onions, wheat and watermelon, making a positive impact on their long term food security.

Teachers making cutouts
Teachers making cutouts Source: Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris also donated the funds required to build a new lion-proof kraal at Pascolena Florry’s Driefontein Farm in the Kunene Region. Equipped with an early-warning system, the new kraal will not only help to protect the Florry family’s livelihood, but also one of the last free-ranging desert-adapted lion populations in Africa.

“While implementing these various support projects, it has been vital that we also use these opportunities to conduct awareness of COVID-19, so that community members have the necessary information on how to protect themselves as well as their families. We are very grateful for the support of our donors, which is facilitating many exciting future projects. We will continue to work in partnership with all our stakeholders to do everything possible to assist our communities in need”, concludes Alexandra Margull, Wilderness Safaris Namibia MD.

ENDS.

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