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Environmental Education for over 300 Children



Our mission is to inspire and educate underprivileged children to care for their environment, through the medium of a wildlife orphanage, while creating awareness about environmental job opportunities.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The Limpopo province has a very high unemployment rate, and also a very big problem with poaching. The schools are badly equipped and over crowded which causes poor education and leads to unemployment, poverty and poaching. It is a vicious circle that can only be stopped by educating the younger generation and helping them to make South Africa a better place.

How will this project solve this problem?

We give local children the chance to experience their environment which is their heritage. We inspire these children to protect their ecosystems and introduce them to ecotourism jobs. We supplement the local school curriculum with one on one lessons and increase the children's self-confidence while diminishing the stigma of apartheid through working with international volunteers. We care for orphaned and injured wildlife and use them to teach the children responsibility and respect for animals.

Potential Long Term Impact

After spending a week of environmental education at Daktari, the children become aware of the importance of their environment. They now act as role models and encourage their communities to protect nature. Our educational programme has also stimulated passions within lots of children who are now considering working in the ecotourism industry.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $33,693
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $6,307
Total Funding Goal: $40,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Project Leader

Michele Merrifield

Hoedspruit, Limpopo South Africa

Where is this project located?

Map of Environmental Education for over 300 Children
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