8th May 2015,
Dear Daktari Supporters,
Replacing Nathalie’s was not as easy task, as she had big boots to fill!!! I am Sara and I am the animal manager at Daktari, and for the past few months I have been running the eco-club.
It was something new for me, and I have to admit it took about 5 minutes for these children to steal my heart. The educational part of my job is the most challenging and complicated, but also the most rewarding. In only 2 months I achieved great results with the children and a personal accomplishment I never thought possible.
I decided to cover subjects that the children are not used to study, talking about issues that are way out of their normal school programme. When the theory of evolution was firstly introduced to them they were very shocked: they refused any believe that does not glorify God as the creator of all human beings and animals.
Everybody has their own believes, and there is no right or wrong, but everybody should be informed. The children were curios about it, they showed interest in Charles Darwin, and I believe this lesson made think, and question themselves and the Bible, and isn’t it question yourself the first step towards improvement!
The need to look better after the animals in the local villages is a necessity, and as animal manager I wanted to participate in the education of the local people about the importance of keeping our dogs free of ticks and fleas, as these can affect the owners’ health and especially the children. The eco-club children demonstrate acknowledgment of the problem, and they show determination to teach their families and friends to look after their dogs better. Thanks to the collaboration of the State Veterinary the local people will be able to get free treatment from the animal technician of the area, and all the children that had pets saved the phone number!
We also learn about subjects as discrimination and respect towards everybody! We talked about history issues that were essential to stop discrimination in all ways, such as the Holocaust. None of the children were informed about Second World War and I decided to make a lesson about it.
Daktari Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage joined Roots and Shoots programme by Jane Goodall. As part of their team we will be involved ion campaigns that involve children, animal and environment. The children wanted to be include and they will come up with ideas in order to improve the community and their personal comfort within their village.
Teenage children are probably the most difficult kids to work with, if they are not inspired they show an attitude and they can bring the class down. It is hard sometimes to keep them all interested and focus, and to keep the discipline, but we always get there eventually. We had few national holidays when the schools were closed, but some children still came and it made our all team very excited and even happier to teach.
I like to think I can teach the children, but I have to admit what I learn from them, their appreciation of little things, their love of learning and their genuine smiles teach me way more that I could ever teach them!
I could never thank you enough for making all these possible and for keeping supporting Daktari.
Dear DAKTARI lovers,
Listen to that great news: Our building project is finally done after months and months of work!! You have been a wonderful support for us and thanks to your involvement in our cause we developed major building facilities that now help DAKTARI to be sustainable.
Let me recap the wonderful work we have achieved together: the building of 1 office extension to work more efficiently, 2 ablutions blocks for the staff and children and, our last and final addition, 3 cement tented platform to put tents on to house the volunteers. The volunteers can now enjoy the perfect bush life experience while they educate the children about environment and take care of the injured animals. Check out the pictures! Maybe you would also like to join us in South Africa and see the wonderful result of your participation? J
Once again, I would like to say a huge and warm thank you for your great support and let you know that it is now time for us to close the project Build4DAKTARI.
I am looking forward to hearing from you again soon, our others projects are still open if your generosity wants to help us again:
- To educate over 300 underprivileged children
- To provide food and care for ALL our animals
As you may know, our leopard Shiloweni sadly passed away earlier this year. Although it was a tragic event at the camp, life moves on at DAKTARI. We have decided to close this fundraising project in his name, yet in his honor we would like to begin a new project to keep the camp running and continue to provide a healthy environment and diet for all animals that are with us now. The latest addition to our ever growing family is a baby mongoose called Lady Pilou and of course Piggy the warthog, who grows bigger and stronger every day!
We have just began an exciting new campaign to follow our duty to care and protect our animals, and we would like to invite you to continue your unmeasurable support to our cause. As you are aware, DAKTARI serves to both look after the animals but also to educate the children who visit us to appreciate and care for their natural heritage. It is with this goal in mind that we open this new campaign to provide food & care for ALL our animals for a year.
We thank you again for your continued kindness and support.
PS: We just opened a Pinterest Page!