Dear DAKTARI supporters,
Is it really November already? The end of 2014 is almost here and we are so glad and grateful for your continued precious support. I really hope you will still be involved with us for all of the great projects planned for 2015!! :) But today, let's talk about the latest news of the children at DAKTARI; because I guess that this is what you want to know about!
We have welcomed many international volunteers these last few months to teach the children and take care of the animals. Thus, the local underprivileged students were so happy to receive personal attention in their education. Indeed, our goal is to provide them with a one-to-one teaching experience to increase our impact on them and develop their self-confidence. "It is easier to participate in the classroom at DAKTARI because we are only 8 and the volunteers take the time to listen to us" (Precious, 13). The teachers also came to DAKTARI to express their opinion about our impact on their schoolchildren. Please take 4 minutes to listen to what they have to say; this is so heart warming and a proof of our impact! VIDEO HERE
During the first 3 weeks of November the students were in exams and then on school holidays for a while. During this time, the volunteers went to a neighboring village, the Oaks, to help the community by cleaning all the rubbish and teaching the residents and the children, about the importance of keeping their environment clean. You can read all about this experience by clicking here.
To date, our project has raised an impressive $35,337 out of our $40,000 target. So far, with this money, we have educated 265 children about the importance of their environment through our Wildlife Orphanage. The objective is to fund this project by the end of the year, finding the remaining $4,663, and be able to support 35 more students in our program. I am sure that, together, we can take advantage of the GIVING SEASON and do this! Let's take up the challenge for the children! :)
There are so many easy ways to help during this giving season! :)
THANK YOU again for your on-going support. We definitely couldn't do it without you.
PS: Read our latest Newsletter HERE.
Dear DAKTARI Supporters,
My name is Nathalie and I have been volunteering at the Eco Club for the past 3 months and I must say that it has been a wonderful experience for me… :)
This experience is so rewarding and as you know….the eco club program could not be possible without your donation and continuous support!
A good news at Machlamele School is that we now have our own Eco Club Room. This classroom is dedicated to the Eco club and the children and I are very happy to have our own space to learn. We have started to furnish it…bought tables and chairs, some curtains, and have been donated some cushions to make a nice living room space in it! We have also planted trees and flowers to decorate the room and also to teach the kids to care for them…
Francois one of DAKTARI volunteer has also made a wooden filling cabinet for the children to keep their folders.
Slowly but surely we want to decorate this room and make it a confortable space for the eco club kids to enjoy coming and learning in it.
But one of big project we have run with the children in the last month is the preparation of a big event in their village, The Oaks. Part of our Outreach program we are currently working on is a long term project to make the village a “eco friendly village” to be able to attract and welcome tourists. Therefore we must gather the population and educate them on the importance of having a clean village and taking care of the environment. Our best ambassadors being the children of the village, we decided to make a speech and a show event in order to motivate the population.
The children have written a song about the importance of having a clean village, and they have prepared the show by singing and dancing. It was really great fun but also very educational..
Last week we started the project and it was very nice to see the community participating but also the children coming to show the example…this project is on going and we look forward to tell you more about it in our next report.
Beside that big project, we have been caring on our lessons about animals care and environment and watched videos and learn about subjects as wide as pollution, reptiles, anti poaching or global warning ;)
The children also decided to write some beautiful letters to the anti poachers to thanks them for caring of the animals and stopping the poachers.
As I said this past 3 months have been very exciting and rewarding…its so rewarding to see the children becoming more and more confident and curious about their environment.
At the present they are all in exams period until the end of November. We wish them good luck and we all look forward to restart the Eco Club in about 3 weeks time.
As you know, your donation is more than precious and means the world to us. We still have many ideas and so much more we would like to accomplish! We are still looking for funds to be able to take the children to the Reptile Park and cover the cost of petrol, entrance and lunch for about 20 of them. We also would like to continue furnishing our eco club room and by the end of the year, if possible, take them on another game drive for them to Makalali Game Reserve.
We will never thank you enough for your support and look forward to give you more news in a bit :)
Nathalie, Eco Club Teacher
I would like to tell you how grateful all the DAKTARI Team is for your precious support toward our building project. This is really heart warming to see that we can count on the support of people like you for our development.
Your donations helped to build new facilities, by providing the material needed. Indeed, you already know through our last report that the office extension is done and Michele, Ian and the volunteers really appreciate this new space to work in the office. "We have more place to work efficiently and this is also more quiet because when Michele is on the phone or wants to make a meeting, she has her own working space... And a door!! (Laugh) So this is better for the concentration" says Nathalie, the Fundraising Volunteer.
Then, we are so happy that the 2 new ablution blocks are ready to use!! The staff are really thankful with their new clean ablution in their village and the volunteers and the children are also very satisfied by their block. "This is a big change compared to the previous ablution. I am very happy because before we had just 1 shower and 1 toilet for 8, now we have 3 of them! This is very clean and lovely because the volunteers painted the exterior! Thank you so much!" says Onica, Staff member at DAKTARI.
Finally, last but not the least, remember that our last step is the building of 3 tented platform to house the volunteers who stay at DAKTARI for 3 months and who want more privacy. This stage is still in progress. Indeed, 1 tented platform has been built and the result is very good! This is the real bush experience that the volunteers can live, with the view looking out onto the African landscape (see the pictures).
We now need to wait to finish our building project and build the other 2 tented platform. Indeed, we don't have the funds to buy the materials needed and we are still waiting for generous donations, like the ones we kindly received from you. Do you want to continue your involvement in our project and help us to finish it? Talk to your friends, your loved one and your family about our cause, be proud of your commitment and inspire them to be involved as well. You know your friends and family best, so use your own words and tools to spread the word, tell them why you chose our project and what it means to you. It will be such a great help for us!!
By the way, did you read our latest Newsletter?? CLICK HERE to be aware of all the exciting news!! (Release, video, new animals, children...)
And, don't miss our Christmas Campaign!! Are you looking for a Christmas Gift that is sure to please? So have a look at our project and celebrate Christmas with DAKTARI!!!
Thank you again for all you do for DAKTARI.
Wish you all the best,