Environmental clubs for kids in South Africa

 
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Mar 3, 2014

News from the bush!

Kids from Ramatau
Kids from Ramatau

Dear friends,

We started the new year off with a bang! Our number of learners has noticeably increased and we got great results with the career guidance.

We still go to Ramatau school and to the Oaks village every week to teach some kids about nature conservation. We work at the moment with more than 60 students in the first school and 20 kids in the second one. Your donation has a huge impact on their education and we all know that it is the most powerful weapon to improve the world.

We organized a game-drive in December with 8 learners from Maahlamele. We were very spoiled as we saw more than twenty different species! The kids were delighted and had a really great time in the bush!

In our previous report, we told you that Portia wanted to work as a receptionist. Thanks to our network, we managed to find her a 3-month-placement in a lodge, for her to get more work experience. When we visited her, she was very happy and proud to tell us what she learnt and how great it is to work with tourists in a game reserve!

We are very proud as well to announce to you that Kutullo passed his FGASA assessment. He worked very hard for it. The next step now to become a field guide is his driving license and his PDP. Well done Kutullo!

For more info, don’t forget that you can still follow us on Facebook or on our website.

The Daktari team and the learners will never thank you enough for your support!

 

Claire PASQUATO
DAKTARI Outreach Programme Manager


Game drive
Game drive
Portia at the reception
Portia at the reception
Kutullo
Kutullo
Dec 2, 2013

An opportunity that you can't miss...

Let
Let's go for a game drive!

Dear friends,

Even though the learners have been on holiday since mid-November, we are still working hard at the Eco-Club. The students always want to learn more about nature conservation.

We are developing our service of guidance in the eco-tourism field. Portia, one of our post-matric students, is looking for a job as a receptionist. We worked on her CV and, thanks to our network, we sent her application to more than 200 lodges nearby. Of course, we will keep you posted on the result!

Some of our first Eco-Club students have grown-up and, over a 3-week period, we are inviting them back to Daktari, not as kids, but as volunteers! It is a very good experience for them to teach, to work on their confidence and to meet worldwide volunteers!

That we have managed to achieve this is thanks to YOU and your financial support! We can never thank you enough for that!

This Tuesday, the 3rd of December, is a very special day for us! You can really make the difference! Microsoft YouthSpark through Global Giving is offering you the opportunity that you won’t want to miss! Every donation between $10 up to $1000 will be 100% matched! $250 000 are available, so be prepared! Matching begins at 12.00 PM EST (South Africa: 7.00 PM – Europe: 6.00 PM – UK: 5.00 PM).

As you may know, we have already organized some game-drives for those underprivileged kids because they need to be more aware of their heritage to take care of it! Those game-drives are as important as the lessons. One cannot be without the other! But for that we need money! This very special day will enable you to double your donation’s impact!

Please, share this information with your family and friends.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any further information.

Thank you again for your support.

 

Claire Pasquato

(Daktari Outreach Manager)

Portia who wants to work as a receptionist
Portia who wants to work as a receptionist
Tiras, an Eco-Club student, teaching the kids
Tiras, an Eco-Club student, teaching the kids

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Nov 4, 2013

News from the Daktari Outreach Programme

Heritage Day: learners singing the national anthem
Heritage Day: learners singing the national anthem

Dear friends,

 

We would like to thank you for your support, it means a lot to us and to all the Eco-Club learners. Thanks to this money the children can still learn more about nature conservation and the importance of taking care of their environmental heritage.

 

In order to promote this cause the Daktari Outreach Programme celebrated Heritage Day the 24th of September.  Many people were there to see some amazing performances: Gumboots dance, traditional songs, poems… The show’s aim was to remember what the ancestors have left behind.  Not only what is in the past, but what is in their future too. To do so, the main message was to encourage the community to respect and look after the environment and the animals.

If you want to know more about this event, you can read the article we have in the local newspaper – please click on this link.

http://kruger2canyon.linmedia.co.za/details/11-10-2013/daktaris_heritage_day_celebration/21551

 

We also organized two game-drives with 16 children of the Eco-Club. The first one was in Tshukudu and the second one in Makalali. The learners were very lucky because they saw a lot of animals: more than 20 different species for each game-drive. Those excursions are essential for their training and we can only afford them thanks to your generosity. You have offered them the opportunity to realize how important is their heritage.

 

To finish, don’t forget our Facebook page. You will find a lot of pictures of all those events and even more... Don’t hesitate to share it with your friends!

https://www.facebook.com/daktarioutreach 

 

Thank you again for your support.

 

Claire Pasquato

(Daktari Outreach Manager)

Makalali game-drive
Makalali game-drive
Tshukudu game-drive
Tshukudu game-drive

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Aug 6, 2013

Introducing Claire

Career guidance with Ashandy
Career guidance with Ashandy

Thanks to everyone for your great funding. We are still working hard to promote nature conservation, environmental care and ecology in the villages near the Kruger National Park.

I am the new Outreach Programme Manager. My name is Claire and I have come from Reunion, a little piece of France between Mauritius and Madagascar. I hope you will enjoy my reports and the work I am doing with the children of the Eco-Clubs through Daktari.

We have created a new Facebook page to highlight the Outreach Programme. You will find new pictures of the Eco-Clubs, new stories... Don’t hesitate to like it and to share it with your friends!

https://www.facebook.com/daktarioutreach?fref=ts.

We are developing a service of guidance after the environmental lessons. We gave the learners a form to fill in about what they want to do after Matric and in the future. Every week, we give our time for an individual interview which enables them to progress in their research. Our goal is to guide them towards eco-tourism studies and careers to better themselves and their future. A lot of our learners wish to become field guides, game rangers or vets and unfortunately do not know how to access their dream. And this is what YOU are supporting when you donate to us!!!!

We will keep you posted on our new guidance projects and success stories!

Claire Pasquato

(Daktari Outreach Manager)

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May 8, 2013

Letter from Ashandy

Ashandy with two other members
Ashandy with two other members

Greetings to our lovely one’s.

How are you all? I hope you are all doing fine. How is life and all your work and studies? I’m also think everything is going well too!

 

Everything is in order at our club. Risette is doing good, guiding us well and teaching us very well too. Risette is getting help from other respective volunteers too. Everyone at the meeting is doing good and we always learning more. They are teaching us about the big 5, small 5, reptiles and much more. The think that makes me interested in the club is when we are learning about snakes.

 

I have learned that when I see a snake I don’t have to run away, because if I run it will just sense the vibration on the ground. They don’t hear anything, that’s why you can shout SNAKE! So someone can come and help.

 

The meeting with Risette and the volunteers is preventing us to go and see bad friends, those who smoke drugs. It’s good that they tell us about the danger of smoking drugs. I promise I will never drink alcohol or smoke drugs because the church that I attend doesn’t allow me that.

 

They teach me a lot, let me see if I can mange to mention them: Politeness, Respect, Mathematics, English, How to care for animals, Going on dog walks, What do I want to be when I grow up. I want to become a vet, which is an animal doctor, so I will help animals. I want them to be treated well like people. 

 

Our life in our community is very good, because everybody is enjoying. As they though us everything like how to take care of our environment, we are doing good in our community. We are still trying our best to make it look good. Our mayor has hired people from our community to clean and tell people not to throw rubbish on the land. This is how we can prevent land, air and water pollution.

 

I would like to thank you for the great job that you are all doing for us. I wish you all the best. You are such good people, because without you I don’t know if we were having the opportunities that we are having now. Thank you all and keep it up!

 

Ashandy Lewele – 16

Maahlamele High School - Grade 10

Ashandy at the reptile park
Ashandy at the reptile park
Ashandy Lewele
Ashandy Lewele

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Michele Merrifield

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Hoedspruit, Limpopo South Africa

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