Chobe Safari Lodge recently donated an assortment of utensils to the special unit of Kachikau Primary school.
They included hygienic material, clothing items, footballs and other necessities. The lodge has adopted the unit as part of the Ministry of Education and Skills Development's "adopt-a-school" initiative in 2012.
Receiving the gifts on behalf of the Chobe District Council, council secretary, Ms Rachel Jeremia said what Chobe Safari Lodge was doing was in line with the government’s vision of showing compassion and empowering people with disabilities.
She explained that the special care unit was run by the Ministry of Education and Skills Development and the Chobe council with the help of Chobe Safari Lodge which had partnered in adopting the unit.
She thanked the lodge for coming on board and playing a role in the welfare of these children, who have special needs. “The lodge always ensures that these kids have all they need to feel comfortable. She added that they fail to meet every need that the kids have and as such rely on such partners to meet them halfway.
One of the challenges, she said is that there is only one special needs teacher and the caretakers are not professionally trained for the job. “Because there is only one teacher, we are unable to classify these kids according to their needs, so we only have one class,” she said.
Presenting the gifts to the children, group training and development manager for Chobe Safari lodge, Ms Leanne Britton said that she is not a woman of many words, but wanted to be known by her works and action.
One of the students, Boitumelo Samunzala expressed her joy at the goodies from Chobe Safari. She said that the lodge cares about their welfare and hygiene as 'ma-special unit.'
The students' teacher, Mr Sidney Mandigo said that their relationship with the lodge dates back to 2012 when they sponsored them for the Special Olympics, which helped spread awareness about children with disabilities. EndsBack