So far this year we have hosted 75 children, raised/released various animals, including squirrels, dassies and birds, and done wonderful things at the schools with our Daktari Outreach Programme. All of this was made possible by YOU! It's because of our sponsors and donors that we are able to continue with the amazing work that we do here at Daktari, and this is where you can help us again... on March 14th GlobalGiving will match all donations, so if you were thinking of donating to Daktari, please do it on Wednesday 14th March.
If a loved one has a birthday coming up, why not donate to Daktari in their name using the gifts function? Remember to tell your friends and family about this great opportunity to help a wonderful cause :o)
Now for a brief animal update...
Shiloweni, our Leopard had a check up from the vet in January, while he was asleep the volunteers cleaned his camp as the children watched from the viewing deck. Then, when we were given the all clear by the Vet we brought the children into the camp to touch and get their picture taken with the huge sleeping leopard! It was an amazing experience for everyone involved, and Shiloweni was given a clean bill of health :o)
Our donkey Sunny gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Shady in February, he is such a little cutie, and he comes running for cuddles whenever he sees people :o)
We hand raised two orphaned Buffalo Weavers who now sleep in our Lapa and constantly fly around and land on our heads chirping until the children give them some worms!
Look out for the next exciting update from Daktari!
Thank you for your support,
The Daktari Team :o)
First of all, thank you to all who sponsor this great project!
Thanks to your sponsorship I can go every week to the schools were I teach 2 Eco Clubs about the environment. The Ramatau Eco Club has about 30 members, and the Maahlamele Eco Club has around 50 members. We meet weekly after school to discuss different subjects; we already talked about all of the big 5 animals. The children wrote their most magical moment in their lives, here is a magical moment that I personally really liked:
One day I was walking in the street and I saw a very sick dog. I took the dog to the hospital and later the dog was fine. The owner of the dog thanked me and I felt really good because I helped an animal.
Khomotso, 16 years
They also wrote the goals and objectives for their ecoclub in groups of four. One of the groups came up with the following:
"We want to be famous about what we are doing, to be seen on TV. To go to USA to represent our country and club".
Dream big right?
Last week it was extremely exciting, we held elections for the positions of the club president, chairperson and treasurer! The candidates had to give a speech, and they were very serious about it, convincing the others to vote for them! They learn so much more than what they think.
We also planted trees at the school with the children. They now know why trees are so important to us, they provide us oxygen! After planting the trees in the hard and dry soil, they had to get some water, because they know that trees need water to grow. The club is responsible for the trees, they are taking care of them, and they feel so important because of it.
Because of this project these kids don't only get more education, guidance and learn more about life skills, they gain so much more self confidence and feel special. They have the feeling that someone cares and that is the most important thing!
No no no, we didn’t forget you, although January is almost over, we are still in time to thank you for your great support last year and all the previous years! It is greatly appreciated and we are proud to have you as part of the Daktari family. We wish you all great happiness for the New Year and look forward to another year of working with you.
2011 saw our Global Giving friends almost reach our $40,000 target for the “Over 220 South African youth educated about nature” project. This year we will be introducing a new project and hope that we can count on your continued support, both financial and moral, in 2012. We in turn will bring you regular updates and exciting news from Daktari!
Last year Daktari hosted a whopping 387 underprivileged children and we hope to continue that success in 2012. From talking to international volunteers, to learning about life cycles, fun and games to three square meals a day, the children really enjoy their time at Daktari and leave with a new sense of purpose and pride in both themselves and their country. Daktari plants the seed of environmental awareness in these children, they must then nourish it and help it to grow. Risette, the Outreach Manager (see project “Teach over 200 kids in eco clubs in rural villages”) asked the kids last week to write about their best memory, more than half of them wrote about Daktari. It is small things like this that truly touch our hearts and give us the will to continue with the work that we are doing.
Thank you again for your support,