Southern Africa Bush Tails

Soccer in the Wilderness in Botswana

The Soccer coaching clinics held in Maun and Sankuyo village recently were facilitated by professional soccer player and CITW Ambassador, Gordon Gilbert. The event was organized by CITW Botswana and soccer teams from primary schools in Maun were invited:   the “Re ba bona Ha” which is a team of players from different schools who have shown potential in soccer playing brought 15 participants, Matshwane Primary, a private school, brought 16 participants and Shashe Primary School, one of the CITW schools in Botswana, brought 20 participants.  22 children from Sankuyo Primary School also participated in a clinic with Gordon.

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The other teams which benefitted from the coaching clinic were the three teams from Wilderness Holdings – the Maun Donkeys from Wilderness Safaris, Wilderness Air team and the Northern Air Maintenance team.  The Sankoyo Bush Bucks team was invited but could not make it due to other commitments, but the Coach came for a briefing where he received some advice from Gordon on how to deal with pressure when in a soccer league.

Apart from the skills and drills the participants learned, Gordon also shared with them the importance of self-discipline and commitment when a person would like to achieve something in life. He gave a brief background on how he managed to become a professional player, and he agreed with the participants that it is not an easy task but it all goes back to an individual’s commitment.

He gave a brief talk on the importance of conservation and why the participants need to take care of the environment.   In a nutshell he encouraged the school children to take their school work seriously so that they can earn good grades which will enable them to go into tertiary schools.  Even if one is a very good athlete they still need education because an athlete’s active life span is very short: so education is the only key which can better our lives.

Franklin Wells for the World Community Boreholes – Zimbabwe
Franklin Wells for the World Foundation (FWWF) is a global leader in the production of water & fuelling systems. Their aim is to address the need for clean water systems and to provide long-term accessible and safe groundwater sources to at-risk communities in developing countries. In 2013 Children in the Wilderness and Rotary Club of Victoria Falls were approached by Mr Attie Jonker, Director of Franklin Electric in South Africa with regard to the donation & installation of boreholes at some of the community schools & villages that we are associated with in Tsholotsho & Victoria Falls.

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Once approval was received from the Zimbabwe Ministry of Education for exemption from import duties, FWWF successfully installed five boreholes with the necessary pumping equipment at Kapane, Mpindo, Jakalsi & Ziga Primary Schools (Tsholotsho), and Jabulani Primary School (Victoria Falls); a total project value of approximately US$77,000.00. These schools and the adjacent communities are now receiving beautiful fresh water every day; the implementation of these boreholes brings welcome relief to these dry & often barren areas and will help empower the communities to accommodate & care for themselves in a sustainable manner. During the handover ceremony a local Chief pointed out that his village had been there for almost a hundred years, but this was the first time they had access to the clear water that had been running deep below their feet.

A simple thank you does not adequately convey the level of gratitude that we all have for Franklin Wells for the World Foundation – their dedication and generosity to these five small rural communities has been humbling to say the least. Without their help, a project of this scale would quite simply not have been possible.

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