Fundraising for a large project is tough. To succeed, we need to keep the funds we raise until we have raised ALL of it. As a result, there is no progress to report on. We are working to continue raising funds for our solar panel system and holding on to your donation until we’ve successfully gotten everything.
We have decided to shrink the project a bit and raise funds to buy individual batteries first – just $6,600 instead of $30,000. The lithium iron phosphate batteries we’re looking to purchase will last longer, take us less space, and be more efficient than the lead crystal batteries we are using now. Once we have the batteries, we can start looking into solar panel upgrades and other enhancements to the system so DAKTARI can have clean, reliable energy.
Our hope is that, with the smaller budget, we will be able to raise the funds more quickly and progress will be right around the corner! The main fundraising push for our solar panels will be happening in September and October. Between September 5th and October 10th, GlobalGiving UK is hosting a 50% matching campaign for renewable energy projects and we’re in! Stay tuned for more details in our next report.
Thank you so much for your support and we look forward to reaching our goals together!
The DAKTARI Team
The staff, volunteers, and children are truly grateful for all of the support we received during the June 15th Bonus Day. All together, DAKTARI received more than $20,000 in donations which can will provide the children with a rich educational experience at our camp, not to mention their favorite food - pap! With your donations, we should be able to provide them with pap for a long, long time :) THANK YOU!!
June is actually a month of exams and school holidays for our children. During exams, we host career guidance classes for the youth in the area. Young adults who have already completed school can come to DAKTARI for a week of lessons designed to help them gain employment, including CV writing, interview skills, and presentation practice. By the end of the week, they have everything they need for the job hunt!
Right now, there are school holidays until the middle of July but we do still have children. Even during their break, kids are eager to come to DAKTARI!
One of those eager students, Chantel, was excited to tell us what she liked about being at DAKTARI. You can watch her mini-interview below and learn what her favorite animal is at DAKTARI...
July and August are a busy time at DAKTARI, with a lot of volunteers and a lot of projects so we'll have plenty to share in our next update! However, we are still looking for volunteers in September, October, and November. Check out our volunteering page to learn more and sign up to join us at DAKTARI for an amazing experience in the African Bush!
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Until next time!
Hello! My name is Micah and I am the new Outreach Volunteer at DAKTARI. Sadly, Toine's time here came to an end in April, leaving me with very big shoes to fill - the Eco Club members called DAKTARI at all hours of the day asking when Toine would be back!
The members of the Eco Clubs at both schools, Maahlamele and Rakgolokwana, are passionate and eager to start new community projects. After a lesson about Democracy and voting, they held Eco Club officer elections! The officers are responsible for the planning and organization of all Eco Club community projects. Each candidate stood in front of the other members and gave a speech explaining why they should be elected, resulting in some very close races. The officers couldn't wait to get going, and as a result they've already scheduled a tree planting at Maahlamele!
In April, Toine and the Eco Club completed the Building With Rubbish campaign by building an environmentally friendly dustbin at the Oaks village! The Eco Club members stuffed two-liter bottles with rubbish from around the village, which were then used as bricks to build a dustbin at the center of town. It's a recycling project that promotes waste management, and it looks great too!
And the survey results are in! We interviewed 102 individuals, representing 667 people, from our local Oaks village, 91% of whom say that DAKTARI makes a difference in their village! Without the support from YOU, our awesome donors, this would never be possible - THANK YOU!
If you are interested in continuing to support DAKTARI's community outreach program, we encourage you to make your donation through GlobalGiving on June 15th at 9am EDT. GlobalGiving will be matching donations to our projects at 50% at 9am EDT and so your donation will go even further!