Encourage children to care for the Environment

Sep 1, 2010

The children visit Makalali game reserve

children visiting Makalali Lodge
children visiting Makalali Lodge

We are sure that many of you were very excited to follow the soccer world cup that was held in South Africa. It didn’t perturb Daktari’s work as we are too far from the places where the events took places and no children missed the Daktari Bush School programme. Every Wednesday, the Daktari children are invited by our neighbouring game lodge, Makalali, where the children are taken on a tour. The local staff, organising this tour, are taking the children in each department of the lodge where they can see what a lodge is and what job opportunity they can get in a private game reserve. This is to encourage them to protect the environment and wild animals attracting many tourists staying in private game reserves and therefore creating employment. This is a highlight in term of education for the children as most of them don’t know what a private game reserve and a tourist are. On their way back, lots of the children often express their desire to become ranger, chef or mechanic in a game reserve. We are proud to give them the chance to discover different job opportunities that are accessible to them on their door step. They are also sometime lucky to spot a cheetah, a lion or an elephant while driving through the reserve. .Thanks to Makalali Game Reserve to offer this opportunity to our local children.

The mini bus, again, is indispensable to take the children to Makalali game reserve and we wouldn’t be able to operate without this vehicle. The repayment of the loan is still very high and we need urgent fund to reduce this cost which badly affecting our budget and development.

We thank you for your support and encourage your participation to our mission by making a donation toward the cost of our vehicle.

Have a lovely day,

children visiting Makalali
children visiting Makalali's kitchen
Makalali staff explaining why caring for wildlife
Makalali staff explaining why caring for wildlife

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Project Leader

Michele Merrifield

Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province South Africa

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