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Written by Vic Attardo, Special Contributor
September 20, 2017

Local journalist Vic Attardo has been published in many hunting and fishing publications for many years since serving as editor of the Town and Country newspaper.  On a recent trip to Africa, he became aware of a need in an isolated part of Namibia and has taken the initiative to do something about it.  This is his story, and we are proud to help him.

 

         In one of life's crookeder turns, what started as a fishing and wildlife safari in southern Africa has turned into a small crusade to find and transport English-written books to school children in Namibia.

        Along with my daughter, Cheryl McCarthy, I witnessed the sore need for English language books for an island school in the Chobe-Zambezi river plains.

        The school, located on dirt and scrub land, hosts some two hundred children,

many of whom are the sons and daughters of island fisherfolk and cattle herders. Many parents live in small, grass-roofed huts along the rivers and commonly fish for a living or manage free-roaming cattle. The children are transported by canoes, called, mukoros, or in outboard-powered crafts from the river-front villages to the Impalila Island school and other boarding schools on the Botswana and Namibia mainlands. They arrive on a Monday morning and may stay at school the entire week, sometimes sleeping in small tents the size we'd take on a camping trip to a state park; then ...



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