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.
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.
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.