It was a special day for Lion Encounter volunteers at Victoria Falls recently when they had the opportunity to visit new mums and their babies at the local Chinotimba Clinic.
That day, there were three new baby girls and two boys. Thanks to a returning volunteer, Laura Blokker, the visitors had taken a supply of donated clothing for the new-borns. Before leaving for Zimbabwe, Laura had generously collected items for the children which, added to donations from the other volunteers that also included supplies for the Clinic, allowed each new mum to receive essentials for her baby. The Sister-in-Charge at the Clinic was greatly appreciative of this support as she revealed that some of the mothers had nothing for their children due to family difficulties. Being able to reach out to this community in need brought as much joy to the volunteers as it did to the mothers.
Meanwhile, there has been a lot of extra hard work going on at the Chinotimba Garden project since its recent invasion by elephants, whose unwelcome visit destroyed the fence and part of the plot. The project members - along with community volunteers - have been hard at work rebuilding the fence, as well as planting, transplanting, weeding, watering and generally restoring the garden to its original condition.
Currently, Lion Encounter is working on arranging for the project members to attend a training course on how to get the most out of using a greenhouse. The session, to be held at the Victoria Falls Hotel, will teach them about the range of different crops they can grow in a greenhouse and how to plan ahead to get the best yields of seasonal produce. This could potentially herald a significant boost in output and with it, a welcome increase in sales and revenue.