The children from our local schools in Victoria Falls always look forward to the school holidays, but not for the reason you might imagine. Rather than spending their time off playing and relaxing, these students enjoy school being closed as it means they get more one-to-one time with Lion Encounter community volunteers. With an average attendance of between 20 to 30 children, the Holiday Club at Monde Primary School is currently a hive of activity. Students from Grade 1 up to Grade 7 are catered for, with extra lessons in mathematics and English and the chance to polish up their reading skills. There are also art and craft sessions afterwards. The latest one has helped the children develop their fine motor skills by making colourful bracelets which they were given to take home.
It’s been no holiday for project members and volunteers at the Dako community garden again recently, as the season of constant weeding and watering is still in full swing. The garden is looking very healthy though and produce is thriving, making all the effort well worth it. Volunteer Olivia had this to say about working in the garden: ‘I absolutely love working in the rural area garden. It’s really a big work out pumping water at the pump and watering the garden. But l have seen the difference that is now evident in the garden through our hard work and contribution. The garden is looking bright and lovely. Being out there and experiencing the natural environment is awesome and an eye-opener to me and other volunteers.’
You could sponsor a school or orphanage in Africa. Or you may wish to support our agriculture project to help impoverished communities become more self-sufficient. Here is a link to our website with full details of how to make your donation.