DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

The mission of Daktari is to inspire, motivate, and educate underprivileged children to care for their environment through the medium of a wildlife orphanage.
Aug 26, 2014

Did you watch us on a Dutch TV?

Under the light, with the TV crew
Under the light, with the TV crew

Dear DAKTARI supporters,

As always, I am very exciting to let you know about the latest news developments from the camp. It is a big pleasure to share with you, extraordinary supporters, all our pulsating adventures.

The cold nights of winter are almost behind us now and everybody is welcoming the sunny and hot days with joy. The lessons are still running well. In the same time, the volunteers have even been organising some games with the kids all around the camp. A race between the "Leopards" Team and the "Lions" Team. Both kids and volunteers had a very good time.

What can I tell you that you don't know yet? 

  • DAKTARI received a TV Crew!

We were visited by NOS Jeugdjournaal, a Dutch TV crew, who came to do a short documentary about children's stories from all over the world. The children were under the spotlight for a day, with the chance to tell other children about their environmental experience at DAKTARI. This programme from the Dutch TV deals with common daily news made understandable for Dutch children. We are very proud to have accomodated them!

WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY HERE!

  • The children went on a Safari!

The 10 best kids of the last weeks at DAKTARI had the chance to go on a Game Drive at Tsakane Safari Camp, located in the Balule Nature Reserve. We are so grateful that Tsakane could sponsor them. The Head Ranger of Tsakane took them for a three-hour game drive where they were so excited to see lions, giraffes and elephants. He also gave them a short presentation on water ecology and conservation.

READ ALL THE ARTICLE AND SEE THE PICTURES HERE

  • Holiday Gift

Did you know that you can make an animal and/or a child happy and recieve your Virtual Gift for Holiday? Well, you can! Until the end of September, you can make a donation as a gift for an animal and/or a child, and as a gift on behalf of your loved one. So, interested? 

DON'T WAIT AND CHECK ALL THE DETAILS HERE!

  • Building Project

Remember that, in the last report, I mentioned our Build4DAKTARI project. So far, the campaign has been going well and we've finished building the office extension and one of the ablution block. Volunteers also have helped with the building, painting the white walls with lots of colours, flowers and animals! The result is impressive!

  • Animals News

Release of a spotted owl

DAKTARI received a call that a spotted owl was found, stuck in the fence. We were afraid that he would not be able to fly again so we took him to the vet. After taking care of him and nursing him back to full health, we released him! It was such a joy to see him fly again!!

Welcome of a new meerkat

Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center found a meerkat completly abandoned. Knowing that Meerkats are not from this area and that they need to live in group, they took him and gave him to DAKTARI. This sassy female met our 2 guys Gaspar and Tikki and the introduction seems to be going very well... 

  • DAKTARI Newsletter

Do you want to know more about our adventures? Check out our lastest newsletter: All the last events, pictures, videos, children and animals news, release, building... You won't regret it! :)

CLICK HERE TO READ OUR NEWSLETTER

I look forward to giving you more news in 3 months.

Thank you so much for your support, it is very heart warming for DAKTARI to receive such a big help from you!

Stay tuned for more stories,

Kindest Regards,

Game drive with the kids!
Game drive with the kids!
Fly again Owl! Be free!
Fly again Owl! Be free!
Madonna, our last arrival!
Madonna, our last arrival!
Bush Games - Race with the kids
Bush Games - Race with the kids
The colorfull outside of the office extension
The colorfull outside of the office extension

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Aug 21, 2014

A VERY SPECIAL TEACHER AT THE ECO-CLUB!

Mirabelle is very excited to go to school
Mirabelle is very excited to go to school

Dear Daktari Supporters,

I have been volunteering for DAKTARI as the new Outreach Manager for 3 months now, and I am enjoying it a lot :).

It is for me a very new experience and I am learning every day about the real African life, as I am getting to know better and better the kids and the community. Africa is really a magic place, nest of human kind, sweet by the sun shining almost every day and smiling faces. Africa teaches you a lot about Life, people and about yourself, as long as you remain open minded, patient and humble.  You need to find the right balance in each situation, and especially be confident in the magic of life to observe the expected achievements when it is time for them to happen. Not really thanks to yourself, but just thanks to Life, which is slowly moving and evolving through yourself, faithful and humble servitor… More than reason and intellect, it is the heart that is the engine of everything…

These are my first impressions. I do my best in contributing to the kids’ education and in helping communities, and in return, I get great surprises and heart gifts from all people I meet every day.

But let’s talk about our projects. I have a lot of happy stories to tell you :).

However, as you and us are all very busy and do not have so much time to read all what happened these last 3 months, I will send you news more regularly, once or twice a month to let you follow up our achievements and adventures without taking too much of your time.

June and July have been quiet calm at the eco-club, as it was first the writing exams period and then holidays. But as soon as they could come to the Eco-club even during this period, the children were attending happily and attentively our lessons about global warming, recycling waste, rhinos, lions, cheetahs and snakes…

We also have now a very special volunteer who is very excited every time she comes with me to the village or to school: our wonderful dog Mirabelle enjoys a lot her new position of Dogs Ambassador! She is awesome! Greeting nicely everyone, happily shaking her tail and playing with the children. She likes them so much and they begin not being afraid of her :). Hopefully they will soon understand that all dogs deserve to be treated well, as they can bring a lot of love and friendship to us. Mirabelle is also a very clever attendee during the lessons, greeting every kid for their behaviour and participation.

Thanks to your generous donations, we can go on driving to Metz and The Oaks villages twice a week to teach about 40 kids. The villages are located about 30 km from Daktari and you know that petrol is very expensive… 

Amongst other things, we can also provide our kids with useful notebooks and pencils, paintings, scissors, glue,…  as well as sometimes, for the students who work the hardest, some little environmental books they love to read and share with their families and friends.

Without your help, we could not go on educating the youngster of the Community. Please go on supporting our action to help them getting better education and being aware of the importance of respecting their natural heritage, the African treasure.

Remember you can always follow the news on our FaceBook page! (Don’t forget to like it please ;)

Speak more to you very soon.

Kindest regards.

She loves her new T-shirt!
She loves her new T-shirt!
Welcome at school Mirabelle!
Welcome at school Mirabelle!
Everybody listens carefully
Everybody listens carefully
We all enjoyed a lot being together
We all enjoyed a lot being together
In the village, everybody loves Mirabelle too!
In the village, everybody loves Mirabelle too!
Aug 14, 2014

Help us Build a Better Future!

Delivery of bricks from BUCO
Delivery of bricks from BUCO

Dear BUILD4DAKTARI supporter,

It is a great privilege to present to you our first report on the developments made towards building new facilities for underprivileged children at DAKTARI.

We are so happy to inform you that, thanks to your valuable and irreplaceable support, we have purchased our first batch of building materials. All of this great work done would not be possible without you!! Our building project is still in progress but here are the exciting developments we have already accomplished toward achieving our goals:

  • One set of ablution blocks have been completed!

It will provide a healthy and sanitized facility that will be utilized. Project Manager Ian Merrifiled did a fantastic job with managing resources to make this progress possible. "We are proud of the work people have done and are extremely satisfied to present this evolution of the project".

  • The extension to the office block was completed.

This will give the organizers a free space to work from and ensure that the project is run at optimum level. This will also allow us to have more long term volunteers join our project and make the entire operation more effective and sustainable. DAKTARI CEO, Michele Merrifiled, expressed her delight in the developments of the project and had this to say to all donors and everyone who has supported this development "On behalf of everyone at DAKTARI, we express our utmost gratitude to every kind soul out there that has been able to help us in whatever way possible, without your support we would not be able to have such an amazing impact on the lives of these underprivileged children and wild animals. Your generosity means the world to us!"

"Many hands make light work"...

This project is the achievement of many little helping hands. It all starts with YOUR kind donations to purchase the materials, then the building team and now our lovely volunteers have painted the white walls of the office full of beautiful colours.

Including BUCO Hardware, a local business, that is a partner and supplier that has been assisting us with materials so that we can accomplish our goal. We applaud them for their generosity, kindness and hard work. Account Manager, Martihnus Heynie, stated, " We at BUCO are so happy to lend a supporting hand to the people that need it most. In this case it is the underprivileged children and wild animals from DAKTARI. Working together with the staff at DAKTARI made this fantastic relationship possible, we know that we can have a lasting impact on the lives of these children who will one day be our future leaders."

Click here and read our Newsletter!! You will find out all the juicy stories of what has been happening at DAKTARI these last months!

Thank you very much for your interest and support in our project. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or ideas.

Well done the building team!
Well done the building team!
Michele and Ian in their new office
Michele and Ian in their new office
The colorfull outside of the office extension
The colorfull outside of the office extension
One of the ablution block
One of the ablution block
A dassie in the bricks...
A dassie in the bricks...

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