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Gudikwe School Initiative. At present the community projects that the camps of the Selinda Reserve support are concentrated out in the villages to the west of the reserve. There are five villages in the area called Gudikwa, Beetsha, Eretsha, Gonutsuga and Seronga. We do also support projects in the surrounding area of our head office, which is based in Kazungula, near Kasane.We have started with a number of smaller initiatives at Gudikwe. Kea Supang, who was a manager at one of our camps called Motswiri, runs the community projects. Kea has been with the company for sixteen years and was an ideal candidate for community project officer having had so much experience in tourism. One initiative is to go to the schools and give the copies of (Great Plains Conservation founders and directors) Dereck and Beverly Joubert's Emmy Award winning wildlife documentaries that have been translated into Setswana. Kea delivers the DVDs and then sits in with the school children during the viewing to answer any questions that they may have about wildlife.
Age appropriate story books in English, Chalk, Colored pencils, Crayons, Dictionaries in English, Dry erase markers, Exercise books in English, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, Solar calculators
Soccer balls, Team uniforms/kits for soccer, Nets (for netball/basketball & soccer)
Socks (adults and kids sizes)
Gudikwe Artist Initiative. Kea has also been teaching the members of the community to produce goods that we can use in the camps and sell in the curio shops. This initiative has really been popular and we have seen some very creative members of the community produce quality products. Some examples of these are recycled paper made with elephant dung, food nets with beading, artwork, jewelry from beads as well as baskets. We have built a shelter at Gudikwe where the members of the community can offer their goods to passing trade and Kea has been speaking to other lodges in the area to sell products from their curio shops as well. All profits go directly to the artists.
Beads for doing their bead work, knitting needles, wool, crochet hooks