Cederberg hike under the stars

At the beginning of December last year, three magical days were spent in the Cederberg with 15 dedicated earthchildren and The Cape Leopard Trust for the Earthchild Project Hiking Club camp. There may have been rain and the odd challenging moment, but that didn’t dampen the spirit of our dedicated hikers who spent their last night sleeping a-top a cave under a billion stars.

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Earthchild Spotlight: Athenkosi Khulu

In honor of our 10-year anniversary, we will be highlighting 10 remarkable Earthchildren from the past and present. We present to you the third Earthchild Spotlight : Athenkosi Khulu. Athhenkosi has been a part of the Earthchild Project family since the very beginning of our journey. This young man is currently studying at college and will start his very own hiking club with the Earthchild Project in 2017. I had the honour of interviewing him last week.

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Children in Nature

The Eco-Warrior club is an after school program run by our Xoli Fujani. The club aims to combine leadership training, life skills and environmental education in a way that is engaging and experimental – and is successful. As is demonstrated by this song below, written by students from Harmony Primary School in Lavender Hill who are members of the Eco-Warrior Club. Read more

Young Eco-Activists Nurturing Eco-warriors

Cycle end, and they're still smiling.

Hannah and Emma Lea are cousins in Grade 6 together at the Micklefield Primary School in Rondebosch, Cape Town. As part of their school project, the cousins have chosen to raise funds for our Nurture an Eco-Warrior campaign by selling coffee, raising sponsorship for a challenging cycle, and appealing to friends and family. Read more

Hiking Club: Catching Tadpoles on Admiral Falls

Our school hiking club from Sakumlandela Primary, Khayelitsha, spent Saturday, 12 September, soaking up the good weather while hiking up towards Admiral Falls. The exhausted themselves climbing rock faces, catching tadpoles and acting out group animals.

The group returned home, happily exhausted, and more than ever connected to the nature, each other and themselves. Thank you to everyone of our supporters who make this possible.

Hiking in Simon’s Town: Harmony Primary

Our Earthchildren explored an area of Simon’s Town that’s new to us – the Admiral’s Waterfall trail is a beautiful 3km walk, that takes about 1.5 hours and is an easy for walk for children to enjoy. So consider taking your own children.

It starts at the footpath that you will find at the end of Barnard Street, and climbs gently towards a bend, where you enjoy a view of a deep ravine. The Admiral’s waterfall and poop is at the top – maybe pack a picnic to enjoy here while you swim and enjoy the view over Simon’s Town harbour.

If you decide to venture along this trail, share your photos and experience with us?

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Guest Post: Mindful Walking Along the Umfolozi River – Athenkosi Khulu

Athenkosi Khulu  is an Earthchild and one of our Alumni. He’s been part of our programme for many years and finished Grade 12 last year.

Recently he had the opportunity, as part of the Earthchild Project Hiking Club, to join the “Wilderness Within” trail for five days of walking and camping combined with meditation and mindfulness guided by a Tibetan Buddhist nun. It allows one to connect to the wild without, and within.  

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Braving the Rain: Hike with Sakumandela Primary

On Saturday, 16 May, our hiking club at the Sakumandela Primary School braved the Cape Town winter elements as they hiked in the area around Devil’s Peak, and the Murray and Stewart Quarry. Our Earthchildren kept warm with donated fleeces – perfect gear for the weather. Read more

Connection With Nature: Animal Senses Silent Walk

We believe taking children hiking is a wonderful way to ignite a sense of wonder in the natural world. Without a deep connection with the earth, it is difficult to motivate children (and anyone) to care for our earth. And how can we love nature if we have never experienced it? Read more

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