Sizanani Outreach Programme | Twinstreams Environmental Education Centre, Umtinzini KZN
Sizanani Outreach Programme is the Nardini Sisters’ humanitarian and medical response to poverty, illness and unemployment in the Nkandla District in KwaZulu Natal.
Sizanani are our long term KZN camping friends and 60 children, staff and primary caregivers joined us in the June school holidays at Twinstreams Environmental Education Centre at Umtinzini on the pristine coastline of Zululand. Twinstreams Centre has become Camp Footprints’ ‘KZN go to’ favourite camp venue where Steve and Kim and the three amazing facilitators Radical Raymond, Kool Kevin and Nutty Ntokoza (as they are fondly described on their website) have become part of our camp crew with their incredible knowledge of the beautiful environs of this dune forest area.
Mangrove swamps, estuaries, long stretches of beach, superlative birding and forest hikes are some of the few life changing experiences awaiting the campers in this amazing piece of paradise.
As Camp Footprints is now part of the SeriousFun Children’s Network Global Partnership Programme, training with all staff, caregivers and camp crew take place before each camp and this year the SIzanani, Twinstreams and Camp Footprints crew came together before camp and had great fun with a two day workshop learning all about how Camp Footprints works and how to care and mentor the campers during the camp session.
The camp programme included, a drumming session facilitated by Bhavna’s Musical Rascals with everyone having their own drum and learning various drumming techniques, walks through the dune forest to the beach, fun beach games and cavorting in the waves. The highlight of the camp as always is the trip to the estuary where the children have the opportunity to paddle on the estuary, lunch beside the water, explore the black and white mangroves covering themselves with mangrove mud and then the final delight climbing the dunes and having great fun rolling down.
Another first for Camp Footprints was that we had the most energetic, caring and wonderful Camp Crew Member all the way from Moscow in Russia join us at our KZN camps. Jenya has been involved in camps for kids with serious illness for many years and had heard about Camp Footprints faraway in Moscow! It had always been her dream of visiting ‘Africa’ and so she came all the way to join us and share her camp experiences and expertise with us. We were thrilled when she said none of the camps she has ever attended had the camp spirit that she experienced with Camp Footprints. Rather a feather in our caps!!