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?
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.
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First, I would like to say a huge THANK YOU for your continued support and interest in DAKTARI. Your trust and support mean a lot to us.
Before I get started on the latest news from camp, we are exited to let you know about the next Microsoft YouthSpark Bonus Day! On WEDNESDAY 25th JUNE, there will be $200,000 available in matching funds from Microsoft, and the matching will be applied at 100%! It will begin at 12:00 PM (EDT) and will end June 26th, 2014 at 11:59:59 (EDT). Please check the time here depending your country and get ready on time.
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WHAT NEWS IN THE CAMP?
We are very proud to have had the opportunity to inspire, motivate and educate 150 underprivileged children since the beginning of the year, to care for their environment through the medium of a wildlife orphanage. Indeed, since January, DAKTARI welcomed all the grade 8 of the children from Lepono and Maahlamele School. You can read the promises of one of the children, Dineo, here. It is a good example of what kids can learn during their 5 days at DAKTARI. Note that the next school wich is waiting for us is Nareng. We can't wait to meet all of these new lovely children.
We did a survey for the children's parents, and here are a summury of the results:
- 99% of the parents have seen a difference in their child's behavior since his/her time at DAKTARI.- 87% of the parents think that their child's respect toward other people since his/her time at DAKTARI has improved.- 78% think that this stay at DAKTARI is beneficial for their kids- For the parents, the 3 most important things are: 1. Interaction with animals (39%) / 2. Working with international volunteers (31%) / 3. One to one teaching (25%)
The 25th of May was a really excited day for the 10 kids who had improved the most during their time at DAKTARI. Indeed, we went on a Game Drive at Tshukudu Game Lodge with the children of Lepono and Maahlamele School. For most of the kids, although they live in a bush village, they never see any wild animals. This game drive is a chance for them to realize what they learnt at DAKTARI. Click here to read the entire article and see our game drive video.
We have had lot of babies these last weeks such as baby porcupines, marmosets, tortoise, python and kitten. The porcupines and the marmosets were born at DAKTARI, for the others we found them lonely in the wild and we are going to organize their release in the next few months. For the kitten, we found a lovely family in town who were very happy to receive him. Kids are always very happy to see newborns, so are we! Don’t forget to follow all of our adventures on our Facebook and Twitter page!
We have had lots of arrivals in the long-term volunteers. DAKTARI welcome a new office team, ready to take over the job! Check out here our article about the new team and their position.
DAKTARI is developing, welcoming more and more volunteers to increase our work, so we now need to extend our facilities. The purpose of our latest campaign is to build three cement platforms to house the volunteers, two ablutions block for the children, volunteers and local staff, as well as an office extension to allow us to continue our impact on the community. Support DAKTARI and help us to achieve our goals through:http://globalgiving.org/projects/build4daktari
Thank you again for supporting us, allowing the children to have a better futur!
Your contribution represent a lot and DAKTARI will not survive without you!
See you soon for new updates and adventures from the camp! :)
Dear Daktari Supporters,
We’re already halfway through the year – doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?!
Firstly, the Outreach team would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU for your continued support! Without your generous donations we would not have been able to teach our local children or launch our new and exciting community projects (more about that later!).
Thanks to your participation, we have been able to take our Ramatau eco-club 8 best attendees on a wonderful game drive at Makalali Game Reserve! The children are very grateful as they spent a great day and saw lots of animals, especially a leopard, two cheetahs and lions :)
Our eco-clubs are still going strong! With over 50 children attending at Ramatau and 20 at Maahlamele, we continue to share the importance of looking after our environment and its wildlife with lots of motivated and enthusiastic children.
Despite April being full of public holidays resulting in the schools being closed, we still ran the Eco-club and were thrilled to have many dedicated students in attendance. We've had to improvise and teach the lesson in the back of Daktari’s pickup truck! Even on Easter Monday, 15 children still came to Ramatau to learn (and of course were awarded with some Easter treats). It is fantastic to see these young people so eager to learn despite having a day off from school!
Some of our volunteers kindly ran a couple of lessons for the Eco-club. The students were taught all about diabetes (and tested their blood sugar levels!) and Russia (wrote their names using the Russian alphabet.) Check out this video of Dasha and the students singing in Russian…
Learning a russian song at Ramatau eco-club
To celebrate the Earth day on April 22nd, the kids wrote letters about saving our environment and did a very good job. You can be very proud of them.
Here is Zulu’s very nice letter, from Ramatau eco-club:
EARTHDAY speech by Zulu Walusungu
In other very exciting news, we have recently launched our new Home-Stay family project. Our international volunteers stay for 24 hours with Maakosha and her family in The Oaks village, living a day in her life; cooking pap, helping to sell her fish at the market, wearing traditional African dress and meeting the locals. This is a fantastic opportunity for people to see and understand how our students live as well as providing extra income for Maakosha.
We are also setting up a solar cooker business selling these energy-efficient and environmentally friendly solar cookers to families in the community, saving people money, time and the environment. Follow us on Facebook for updates.
Finally, we have very exciting news about Kutullo. Check out our website for details!
Big news to announce about Kutullo...
After 10 months of hard work to develop the Eco-club project and other new ones she did very well, we have said goodbye to Claire in April. Welcome to Jane, our new Outreach project manager, who is taking over in May.
Check out our Facebook page and website to keep up to date with our projects.
Without your generosity, the Outreach Programme wouldn’t have been able to flourish and grow; once again, many thanks from Daktari team and children!