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Vumbura Plains
Travel + Leisure 2012 Global Vision Award Winner in Leadership

Botswana

Accommodation

Vumbura Plains

Project #1

Children in the Wilderness (CITW) is an environmental and life skills educational program that focuses on the next generation of rural decision makers. It is one of the few program aimed at bridging the divide that exists between communities and wildlife. The program hosts rural children that live alongside our Parks and Reserves and teaches them the importance of conservation.

The Children in the Wilderness program aims to develop environmental leaders who are inspired to care for their natural heritage so that they become the custodians of these areas in the future. Children in the Wilderness exposes children to their wildlife heritage, builds and strengthens their capabilities to cope with life's challenges and educates them with the life skills necessary to actualize their greatest potential.

We are currently introducing eco-clubs in the CITW schools with whom we are already working. These clubs will allow more children access to environmental learning and will serve to empower, educate and uplift them. We currently run four camps in Botswana, hosting a total of 96 children per year.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Pencils, Craft Scissors, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Notebooks, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Flash Cards:
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word

Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

Text/Reading Books:
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books, Language/Grammar, and Math

Computer Hardware/Software:
Solar-Powered Working Laptops

Educational Games/Toys:
Puzzles

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls

Clothing/Shoes:
New or Gently Used Children's Clothing and Shoes (We are specifically requesting The Shoe That Grows)

First Aid/Health:
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons

All the needs are current as of May 29, 2015
Initiatives: 
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you bring for them.
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

Instead of bringing candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.