Environmental clubs for kids in South Africa

 
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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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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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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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Thank you for all your amazing support and donations through GlobalGiving. With this money we are able to support, teach and guide these students on a weekly basis.

Who can tell and show you better what the project is about then the students themselves. These underprivileged students started in the eco-club last year, they were shy and had no idea what they wanted for themselves. They didn’t think much further then their matric (exam at the end of high school).  Now they have grown, they are confident and full of dreams and ideas. Just have a look at these amazing high school students:

http://youtu.be/Fn0yB9o2mFU

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Grace in her new school uniform, proud!
Grace in her new school uniform, proud!

The year has gone so fast, the project has developed a lot and really quickly, I can hardly keep up myself. Luckily it is all for the good. A big “thank you” to everybody who is supporting this new project and all it’s developments. I updated some of the information on the project page, because we are doing much more then just running two eco-clubs. We work closely with schools and post matric students in the Limpopo region to empower, motivate and help find jobs and schools which will enable the young adults of the area to better themselves and their future. We help them find out what they want to do with their future, help them with job placements or college placements, as well as run our eco-clubs in the villages which promote environmental friendly ways of living, and how to become a spokes person for your community and set the right example.

We also changed our name. It is no longer Daktari Outreach, which was too vague. Our new name it Daktari YEP, which stands for Youth Empowerment Program. What do you think, much better right?

At the eco-club meetings the students get lessons about different animals, like the big 5, the small 5, but also about the antelope, birds and about animal behavior. We also discuss endangered species and rhino poaching. Especially the rhino poaching is a big topic at the moment since South Africa already lost 668 rhinos in 2012! These children live in the area where the poachers live; we have to make sure that they feel for the rhino so that they can influence their peers. We can save the rhino by educating this generation!

It is not only the lessons itself that make the students gain knowledge; it’s also the fact that all the lessons are in English, so they develop their language skills. The form a team, a group, they feel like they belong to something, that they mean something. It also keeps them off the streets. They even develop politeness skills and talk to international volunteers makes them more confident, all of this will help them towards a brighter future. Most jobs in this area are tourism related so to have good English communication skills and general knowledge about the environment will enhance their chance on getting a job in the future.

Kutullo one of the post matric (he finished his high school) students applied with our help to SA Wildlife college, so he can study more about the environment. He has an interview next week Monday! We all believe he can make it and will get in. It would be the opportunity he needs to change his life.

Grace, one of the students of the eco-club got transferred to a new school, a private school! Here she will get all the opportunities she needs to achieve her dreams! On the picture you can see her in her wonderful new school uniform! We still need your help, we found a sponsor that covers a big part of her school fees, but she still needs a uniform, school supplies, transport and sometimes to be able to go on a trip. You can read her whole story on her micro project page. http://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/help-grace-to-achieve-her-dreams/

Again thank you for your amazing support! Thanks to your donation these children have a chance to a better life and you are saving the environment at the same time.

Fox showing his recycled car.
Fox showing his recycled car.
Kutullo and Kabelo working on their CV
Kutullo and Kabelo working on their CV's.
Maite teaching her peers.
Maite teaching her peers.
Volunteers joining to the club and making friends.
Volunteers joining to the club and making friends.
Thumisho showing his certificate of the club 2012.
Thumisho showing his certificate of the club 2012.

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Project Leader

Michele Merrifield

Founder
Hoedspruit, Limpopo South Africa

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