Waterberry Zambezi Lodge’s Tukongote Community Projects have continuously improved the educational opportunities in nearby villages. What initially started as a single pre-school has now evolved into a growing educational hub.
The new pre-school building has been joined by the first two classrooms of the primary school, which will expand up to Grade 7. For secondary school, 29 children have been sponsored by generous guests of Waterberry who promise to pay for five years of education at partner school, Kazungula, this year.
Since opening in February, the interest from the villages has been extremely positive with one of the most successful groups being the adults. It is apparent that many of the mothers of children attending the pre-school want to learn to read, especially in order to help their own children. One mother stated, “I want to be able to help my child at school, so for that I need to go back to school too.”
Recently the pre-school children took an educational visit to nearby Victoria Falls, where they learnt more about their home in Zambia and the geography of the Falls. The children were, of course, excited and enjoyed seeing this natural wonder, some for the very first time. For some of the children, this was the first time they had been outside of their village! “They were absolutely fascinated by the ‘crazy’ people they saw bungee jumping. At Victoria Falls the children loved the feeling of spray on their faces and were mesmerised by the rainbows.”
A few days later it was the turn of the older preschool children from Liyemo. None of these children had ever been to the Falls before, indeed many of their parents haven’t. We followed the same plan as the previous trip but this day one of the highlights was seeing a herd of 50 elephants right by the roadside. The children were awestruck, never having seen these mighty animals before.
The aim of the project is to support school students with extra tuition, to offer a community library with a wide range of books and to offer basic skills training such as sewing and gardening. It also offers, within the Adult Learning Facility, literacy classes. The project is providing materials and training teachers in four other nearby schools, with a total responsibility for more than 400 pupils. Guests are always pleased to discover that Waterberry funds the building and administration of these projects.
Waterberry Zambezi Lodge is a small, informal, friendly lodge situated 35 minutes from Livingstone. The lodge is set in a secluded position on the banks of the spectacular Zambezi River with views to the Zambezi National Park on the opposite bank. River Farmhouse is located within walking distance of Waterberry Zambezi Lodge. The Farmhouse was built with family holidays and groups of friends in mind on the site of the old colonial farm. Rates start from $356 pppn.
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