How can we love nature if we have never experienced it?
We believe that children will not be motivated to care for the environment unless they feel a sense of respect, love and connection to the earth. And how can we love nature if we have never experienced it? Many of the children growing up in the Cape Flats are faced with challenges such as high unemployment rates, gangsterism, and drug and alcohol abuse. Many seldom leave this harsh environment and have never seen or experienced the numerous forests, mountains, beaches and animal sanctuaries which Cape Town has to offer.
“I have always seen the mountain from my back yard and always wished I could climb it one day. Today was my first time walking on Table Mountain and it was a dream come true.”
Annelisiwe, Grade 6
The Earthchild Hiking Clubs aim to inspire children to connect with nature and each hike includes a guided meditation and silent walk. The hikes are used to teach the children about fauna and flora, as well as environmental challenges such as alien vegetation and pollution. In addition, our facilitators run activities during the hikes aimed at empowering the children with skills such as team work, leadership and communication.
We have two Hiking Clubs with twenty children per club. They hike once a month on a Saturday, exploring the many beautiful hiking trails in and around Cape Town. They also attend two overnight camps on Table Mountain and in the Cederberg Mountains.
Our Hiking Club is run by our environmental coordinator, Xoli Fuyani – take a few minutes getting to know Xoli
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