South Africa's environment is severely touched by poverty, pollution and poaching. Every week the Outreach team visits the eco-clubs formed by children who previously attended a week of environmental education at Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage. Daktari Outreach Programme's objectives are: - to continue the education of the local children about nature conservation to protect their heritage - to guide them toward eco-tourism studies and careers to better themselves and their future.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Limpopo has a large area of South Africa's natural resources, yet it is known to be the poorest, least educated area of the country. According to the NDA, in 2010 the unemployment rate was estimated at 26.8%. Around 60% of people live below the poverty line (UN definition: less than $1.25/day). It is no surprise that, in terms of rhino poaching activity, Limpopo has been amongst the third highest province in the country for the past 3 years. Education is best strategy to tackle these issues.
How will this project solve this problem?
By continuing their environmental studies via our Outreach Programme, the children can learn why animals are important to the economy, how it brings in tourism and provides them with employment. Our goal is to support these youths in applying for further education and employment in eco-tourism, thereby improving their quality of life whilst protecting their precious natural heritage.
Potential Long Term Impact
Our project is already showing great results. There have been noted cases where students have stopped the formation of hunting parties in their villages and called Nature Conservation when wild animals have been found. One of our students, Kutullo, has obtained his Environmental Education and Leadership certificate from Southern Africa Wildlife College and has now been offered an internship with GVI. With your support, we can impact on the lives of these young people and their families.
Total Funding Received to Date: $3,613
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $16,114
Total Funding Goal: $19,727