‘Children in the Wilderness’ is an environmental and life skills educational programme that focuses on the next generation of rural decision makers. It is one of the few programmes aimed at bridging the divide that exists between communities and wildlife.
‘Children in the Wilderness’ hosts rural children that live alongside our Parks and Reserves and teaches them the importance of conservation. The ‘Children in the Wilderness’ programme 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.
In Liuwa Plain National Park, the Foundation has partnered with Sibemi Community School, a remote primary school located 45 km into the national park. Because Liuwa Plain is a flooded grassland, access is limited for a large portion of the year, which makes the logistics of beginning and operating a primary school a great challenge. Despite these obstacles, the Sibemi Parent Teacher Association lobbied their government for financial support to construct a primary school. The Time + Tide Foundation now supports the school with a full-time teacher, monthly school supplies and is simultaneously sponsoring a graduate from Sibemi Village through teaching college so that he can return as the first qualified head teacher of Sibemi Community School.
ORPHANAGE IN MALAWI
Tracks Safaris met Loyce, a local Malawian lady, when we visited Lake Malawi in November 2016 whilst visiting some local initiatives recommended by the lodge. Loyce is employed as a waitress at Pumulani Lodge and apart from working at the lodge, she has a orphanage with 26 children, a kindergarden for 60 children, a five hectare farm to supplement her income and provide the children with food and an arts and crafts centre.
We noticed that the orphanage, which is based in Loyces own home, did not have mosquito nets and mattresses for all the children in her care and Tracks Safaris have purchaed these necessities for her.
We asked Loyce how she is achieving her goals and what are the difficulties: 'Lots of hard work, but the children keep her motivated. She relies on the generosity of guests, and supplements this with curio sales and selling goods from her farm. The challenges she faces are the drought occurring in Malawi and getting water to her crops, consistently having enough income to provide food for the children, the high cost of secondary school and providing stationary for all the children. With the ever expanding school and orphanage her home is very cramped. Her aims are to ensure that the children in her care can become independent and enjoy a better future
She hopes to achieve this by learning new skills for the arts & crafts centre, provide consistent income so that she can give the children the basics and bursaries for higher education.