A huge thank you from everyone at Selous Safari Company and also from the Headmaster, Mr. Mzanda, and children of Kichangani Primary School for your incredible donations to Ras Kutani over last season – we have just spent 1.8 million (approx. $825 USD) from the charity pot on more valuable textbooks for schools. This is a total of over $1,500 USD spent on their school library over the last year.
As well as 200 textbooks, teachers’ aids and charts, Selous Safari Company, on your behalf and on request from the headmaster, bought four large mikeka mats so the children could sit outside in the shade for some lessons. You may ask why this is important but with 161 children in Darassa la Kwanza (Standard 1 class) alone the classrooms can get overly crowded, hot and of course this leads to a lack of productivity and learning, so having a flexible outside classroom is a great alternative.
Mzanda, the Headmaster, was exceedingly grateful for the books, and specifically appreciated the Oxford books as he felt they were superior to the government books and truly helped his children learn and achieve. The teachers received a guide to every teaching subject, which they did not have before, and were thankful for the support.
In these wonderful images, taken by Jenny Kremer, who organised the purchase of the textbooks, you can see Kalimani, our F&B & Restaurant Supervisor, handing over the wonderfully heartening stacks on books to the Headmaster and the children who will benefit from them. This is what he reported from the day, "This is such a highlight of my job at Ras Kutani, to come to a village I've known since I was a child and help the future generation with their education and help them reach their goals and potential. We are so grateful to our guests at Ras Kutani, who I'm lucky enough to get to know during their stay, for their kind donations, it is a blessing from god".
These funds were raised by our generous guests who contribute $20 USD per person for each Kichangani village trip. Selous Safari Company pools the funds until we have sufficient to purchase quality, sustainable items which will not just benefit a few but many villagers. Our guests will be pleased to read that the last 200 textbooks we donated are still there and still very much in use. All monies are donated are for communities and conservation and in this case village donations and projects, and Selous Safari Company happily donates our time for free.