Over 220 South African youth educated about nature

Nov 24, 2008

Project is up and running

Dear supporters of Daktari,

The GlobalGiving Challenge ended on the 21st of November and thanks to you, we now have a permanent spot on the American GlobalGiving website. We raised a total of $ 6915 from 127 donors which is going to be a tremendous help in covering the costs of welcoming children to DAKTARI.

For the last two years, we have welcomed over 250 children for a full week of environmental education at DAKTARI Bush School. We needed more funds to continue our mission and YOU made it possible!!! Already this Monday morning we picked up 7 underprivileged children from the “Ramatau” school and they are now all busy discovering and studying about environment. They have already been on a guided tour to meet our animals at the orphanage. Tomorrow morning, like every morning and afternoon, they will, with the help of the volunteers, feed and care for all of our animals. The children were all very happy to meet Lizzy our duiker who was saved by some of the other children from the same school 8 months ago. They also met Rusty, the young Nyala, for whom Mildred, an underprivileged student, raised R 49.50 to help toward his food.

Inter-acting with the animals is the best way to create feelings and compassion for them. Our goal is to get as many children as possible to visit DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage. These children will be taught about the importance of the environment and also about the job opportunities that exist in game reserves, thereby improving their future quality of life.

We want to express our sincere gratitude for your donations which makes a real difference in the life of our local children. The project is still online on GlobalGiving where you can always make a contribution or encourage your friends and family to become a supporter of DAKTARI.

Ian and Michele


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Thanks to 475 donors like you, a total of $39,416 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Michele Merrifield

Hoedspruit, South Africa

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