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.
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
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
English, Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books, Language/Grammar, and Math
Solar-Powered Working Laptops
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes (We are specifically requesting The Shoe That Grows)
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons
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 taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.