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Bryanston pupils to set off on Kalahari expedition

In August two Bryanston pupils will be taking part in an expedition to the Kalahari to work with community groups of the San Bushmen.

There are only about 100,000 true Bushmen left in the world, primarily in Botswana, Namibia and Southern Africa where they have lived for over 80,000 years as hunter-gatherers.

Alex and Gus will spend time with a group of Bushmen in the Kalahari, getting to know their culture, community and unique clicking language. They will then trek together with the Bushmen to a remote site on the reserve, where they will help build a traditional Bushman village to replace one of the many villages destroyed as part of the big clearances of Bushmen in the past.

Even before heading off, Alex and Gus are already raising money to fund the expedition and the valuable work they will be doing while out there. With a target of £4,500 to raise, the two pupils have been busy organising a number of fundraising activities and are currently running a raffle to win a week’s stay in the guest house at Chateau de Lauzanac in the Dordogne. Tickets are available until 20 June via their website.

To find out more about the expedition and why the work Alex and Gus will be doing is so important, visit their webpage on http://www.gofundme.com/alexskalahariexped