Swap Shop - Cleaning up Nakatindi
Sanctuary Retreats recently initiated a big environmental clean-up campaign with the Nakatindi Community. The Zambian Government takes little responsibility for litter collection and it is down to the discretion of the individual how they choose to deal with their waste. Some may dig a pit and bury it, others will burn it, whilst some will simply leave it to pile up in the streets.
Bringing in collected waste
We have an ongoing conservation and environmental education programme where we promote awareness on a variety of topics from poaching to deforestation to waste management. Nakatindi Village is located in the Livingstone area approximately five kilometres from Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma and six kilometres from Livingstone.
The pupils have been taught the negative effects of litter both environmentally and socially. How the build-up of waste leads to community degradation and increases the risk of disease spreading. It pollutes water systems and ground water supplies and threatens to injure or kill animals and importantly the neighbouring wildlife in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. The pupils went into the village collecting the litter that is scattered throughout the streets. In return for their efforts we set up a 'Swap Shop', where each child could come in and pick an item from our selection of generous in-kind donations.
Lots of goodies
There was a huge array of treats for the children to choose from including clothes, shoes, books, toys & games, footballs etc. We also equipped each child with two pens, two pencils, sharpener, rubber, ruler and a blank workbook so they are adequately prepared for school. Additionally we gave out soap and toothbrushes & toothpaste to the children to promote good health and hygiene.
Overall a very successful day - the pupils were outstanding with the amount of waste they collected, all headed home happy with their new 'purchases' from the shop and best of all we cleaned up their community.
Picking out a new top
We love this concept as each child is able to handpick an item from the donations, as opposed to simply being given something. This means their choice is determined by their specific needs - making that donation far more worthwhile.
Modelling his new hat
If you have any questions regarding this initiative, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us or else you can find out more about our philanthropy projects here.
By Camilla Rhodes of Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma, Zambia.
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is built on a dramatic bend of the Zambezi River in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, twelve kilometres upstream from the world-famous Victoria Falls and is the ideal location for Zambia safaris.