After five years of severe drought, the Ghanzi region received its first rains in April – much to the joy of framers in the region. Ghanzi Farmers Network members, in collaboration with CCB, had been working on alternative ways of sustaining livestock wellbeing through initiatives like producing their own supplement feeds for their livestock. A combined method approach to promoting strong farming communities which are able to sustain themselves as well as produce items for profit is at the core of the work CCB does.
Another event met with much celebration was the arrival of the flood waters into Maun in May. An important component of the lives of communities in the area, as well as for wildlife, the waters are a lifeline. As a region we also work in, and with the understanding that promoting coexistence in one region can easily be set off kilter by disturbances to ecosystems in other places, we are happy about this meaningful natural event. The flood waters, which travelled from Angola and through Namibia, continue to fill the Okavango Delta and are now travelling down the rivers leading out of the delta – the Boro, Thamalakane, Boteti and Nxaraga.
Although this time has been challenging for us, it is the small joys we experience that remind us to focus on the positive. CCB remains committed to supporting communities throughout this tumultuous time, and we continue to devise ways of adapting our services and projects to accommodate the changes COVID-19 has brought to us.