Little did donor Glenn Vincent and contributing friends know that in 2020, the children’s’ playground and netball field that they donated to the remote Chewore South Mkanga Ranger field station would be used 24/7 during COVID-19 Lockdown period and continues this level of enjoyment by the rangers’ families. Living in the wilds is sometimes tough for young children, away from school facilities and friends, being aware that it is dangerous to go wandering off due to the presence of wildlife, but yet here at Mkanga, these youngsters continue to learn motor and interaction skills through the use of the playground equipment, and the sound of laughter and delight rings through the air. Mums and families have a chance to compete with each other on the Netball field, and despite the dust and rough surface, are focussed on scoring goals and having fun.
Tashinga Initiative team led by Catmore Gidion manufactured the entire set of equipment and we transported it carefully to site, doing the last parts of the assembly on station. Then in true good spirit, the first persons to test the equipment were those who manufactured it and it was found to be true. Much enjoyment has evolved since that day for this ranger community. Of course, other field stations have been asking for the same benefit and to this end, Tashinga Initiative asks you for your donation.