Africa Revisited 2008. Coopers’
Company & Coborn School, has a long tradition
of travelling abroad on trips which are rather more challenging
than the norm and which supplement adventure with truly worthwhile
projects for the benefit of third world communities.
In recent years expeditions have been organised to three
different continents ~ Bolivia; Fiji (having spent some
weeks beforehand sailing aboard the tallship Soren Larsen);
Namibia in 2004; and returning to Namibia in 2006 before going
on to Botswana and Zambia.
It was on this last trip that the team achieved, arguably,
their finest achievement to date. In Zambia, a two classroom
school was built, resourced and made operational. Some photos
taken at the time can be found here Twabuka
Community School. Further
information from that expedition are provided on the main
Africa 2006 website.
The initial school roll back in 2006 was just 36 pupils;
this number has continued to rise ever since and is now well
For two years we had been raising funds to build another
block of three classrooms. The work was under way and our
trip this time would see us helping with the completion of
the work and the grand opening of the new block.
Alan and Oriel of Nomad African Travel - who were responsible
for organising our trip - had been managing the building project
and had also been helping the village develop economically.
In April 2008 the Twabuka Iji Company took a big step forward
when its first 100 chicks were delivered (Iji means egg)
to be housed in a new chicken house built by two of the villagers.
We had really been looking forward to going back to Twabuka
to see the changes that had happened since the last trip in