This month, we caught up with Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy (SRP) coordinator, Sebastian, who joined our team six months ago in Nakatindi, Zambia.
Within these six months, Sebastian's proactivity ensured he was familiar with all our stakeholders, partners, and most especially our two female-owned enterprises. Thanks to his work, we have seen a rising number of guests staying at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma take the time to visit the Nakatindi community, with many reporting it as 'the highlight of their trip'.
Overall, our projects have shown growth across the board. As the school continues to grow so does the School Lunch Program, now feeding over 1,000 children a nutritious meal every day! Our more recent women-owned business, the Sishemo Bead Studio, is thriving since the return of international tourism and has received new work suits and safety gear from another local business. Finally, the village clinic is looking forward to receiving the Project C.U.R.E container full of medical supplies and equipment!
As you can see, it has been a busy six months since Sebastian joined us. Yet, there is still so much to look forward to. In partnership with Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma, we will do a trip into the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park with the top achievers from the school’s Conservation Club so that they experience what they have learned firsthand – for most of these students it will be their first game drive ever! We will also organize a community-wide litter pickup, with students being able to exchange their bags of collected garbage with items that Sussi & Chuma guests have generously donated during their stay. Last but not least Sishemo Bead Studio will be exhibiting at the Zambian Art & Design Show in Lusaka, an amazing opportunity to showcase their work to the world.