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 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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Aug 6, 2014

Rescues, Surgeries and More!!

He loves smiling for the camera
He loves smiling for the camera

Dear all,

The winter chill has been in full swing, not only felt by the clothed layered humans but also by DAKTARI's most famous and elegant resident, Shiloweni. The presence of this mighty cat is felt when watching him patrol his territory; each thunderous step and piercing glare is a sharp reminder of the power this mystical African wild cat possesses. His call heard all through the night, this African prince is a spectacle of wonder for the eye that only the honored are able to witness. Despite the cold, it has done little to affect his appetite, and who can blame him! This predator needs his protein that he receives from chicken and other delicious pieces of meat.

What else at DAKTARI?

  • We recently received a call where it was brought to our attention that a Spotted Eagle Owl had unfortunately been found stuck in a fence. So we did what we do best "DAKTARI to the rescue!”. We went to collect the owl and found out that he was not in the best condition. We feared the worst for him. After a few days of some much needed TLC, a trip to the vet and some quality time with our two resident owls Alex and Sam we were able to release him. May he continue on his life’s journey!! It brought us great joy to see him fly off into the African sunset. Be free Owl and watch out for those fences! :)
  • We have some bad news and some good news regarding Erishka the mongoose. Which would you like to hear first? Ok I hear you! We'll start off with the bad news. We noticed that she was biting her own tail very badly and this was very upsetting and confusing for us. We took her to the local vet and he decided that it was best for her to have surgery to amputate her tail. We were not sure if she would be able to join our mongoose family of 10, which is soon to be released. All we could do was to wait and see how she responded. Now for the good news!! :) Since the surgery Erishka has been acting like a normal little mongoose again. Not only that but she now lives with the larger mongoose family and is due to be released with them in the near future. Well Done Erishka!
  • DAKTARI would like to announce that they have the most fierce and graceful soccer player from the 2014 Soccer World Cup. Introducing Shangaan the Caracal!! The volunteers came up with an innovative way to provide enrichment to the caracal by placing his food (a massive rat!) inside of a soccer ball with a slight hole, then tested his soccer skills by dangling the ball and making him chase it. Wow is he quick and powerful! Those claws can do serious damage to anything they sink themselves into. Just ask the soccer (doubt that's going to be possible) Ronaldo has nothing on our Shangaan!! Good kitty :)

Without the valuable and irreplaceable support from YOU, all of this great work done for these animals would not be possible. Give yourselves a pat on the back; we salute all you generous and gracious people for your un-doubtable kindness.

Do you know what other exciting news has happened at DAKTARI in the last 3 months? Read our Newsletter to find out al the juicy stories of what has been happening. Click he re

Looking so surprised!DAKTARI will take care of you
Looking so surprised!DAKTARI will take care of you
Be Free our Feathered Friend !!
Be Free our Feathered Friend !!
He patrols his territory..
He patrols his territory..
Baby Erishka enjoying her new look :)
Baby Erishka enjoying her new look :)
Soccer star Shaangaan the Caracal
Soccer star Shaangaan the Caracal

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