Victoria Falls volunteers were given an enthusiastic welcome when they paid a visit to Chikamba Primary School to make a donation of stationary, books, clothes and toys. Members of the local community were waiting with the children to greet their visitors and treated the volunteers to a lively welcome dance when they arrived. The volunteers - and Lion Encounter staff - couldn't help but join in!
Investing in the children’s education is seen to be important amongst local people. The school committee and parents expressed their gratitude to the volunteers, explaining that the support the school receives goes a long way towards improving the children’s education, which in turn offers them the chance of a better life.
Chikamba Primary School children weren’t the only ones with a smile on their faces that day. Another donation was made to the local football team in the shape of new football shirts and shorts.
Before handing out their donations, project staff and volunteers stopped off on the way to visit Chief Shana’s house to say hello. The Chief told them he was thrilled with the assistance Lion Encounter offers his community. He also expressed his gratitude to ALERT for a lighting system that is currently being trialled in local homesteads with the aim of reducing predator attacks on livestock. As they left, Chief Shana told the team he was looking forward to their next visit.
Chief Shana pictured with Victoria Falls Lion Encounter staff and volunteers
If you would like to join our Orphan Care and Teaching project in Victoria Falls, you can find out more here.