DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

The mission of Daktari is to inspire, motivate, and educate underprivileged children to care for their environment through the medium of a wildlife orphanage.
Sep 10, 2015

Fun with twigs & cardboard for a greater purpose...

Footprints, poo and quills in de tracks lesson!
Footprints, poo and quills in de tracks lesson!

Dear supporting friends,

Wow, time went by so quickly… it is already September, can you believe it?!

The past few months were filled with a broad range of activities in the Eco Clubs and as pictures say more than a thousand words, I will let them do the talking ;). However, there are some exciting developments I am very eager to tell you about.

At first we are thrilled to inform that learners from the local primary schools are also finding their way to the environmental clubs. We welcome everyone who is keen to learn about animals and the environment, so we are very happy to have them!

Remember that I told you last time about the wallet we made from an old milk carton? Well, this lesson got a follow-up as we made wall art using old cardboard and ‘treasures from nature’ (i.e. stones & twigs). This all is nice and fun to do, but actually serves a greater purpose. We aim to make the students aware of the great possibilities of recyclable materials. In the local villages the communities face a large litter problem, which is a shame, since we all know that it is very important to live in a clean environment.

As another part of DAKTARI’s Outreach Programme, we are helping the communities with implementing rubbish management. Once this is done, it is more likely for visitors to stop by in the villages (which are located along main roads). At that very moment, the children can sell their 100% homemade curios, primarily made out of things that are considered as rubbish. All in all, crafting with recyclables now will pay off in the long run! And oh, we are also working on a ‘building with rubbish’ project with the learners but I will tell you all about that in the next report :). 

Last but not least I would like to raise awareness for a very special day for us. Wednesday the 16th of September, GlobalGiving is offering an opportunity that you do not want to miss! Every online donation will be 30% matched. $70 000 in matching is available, so be prepared! Matching begins at 9.00 AM EDT (South Africa: 3.00 PM – Europe: 3.00 PM – UK: 2.00 PM). On this day, your donation will even have a bigger impact on the underprivileged children; you can make the difference!

As you might know, in the past we already organized some environmentally oriented day trips and game drives for those underprivileged students that improved most in the clubs. These trips are essential in making the learners more conscious of their heritage and to take care of it: they provide the much needed practical component in addition to the theory covered in the lessons. Most children have never been able to see African wildlife, even though they live very close to numerous nature reserves. Your support will be amazingly appreciated in order to offer these excursions.

Let me end by giving a huge shout out to all of you generous donors. It is because of YOU that the environmental clubs can exist and flourish. On behalf of all underprivileged learners: ke leboga kudu (means ‘thank you very much’ in the local language; Sepedi)!

Best regards and until next time,

Toine Vos, Eco Club teacher and Outreach Programme Coordinator

Proud of their wall art!
Proud of their wall art!
Preparing their river pollution presentation
Preparing their river pollution presentation
The project I will tell you all about next time...
The project I will tell you all about next time...

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Jul 16, 2015

Miracles all around!

Mohola the duiker
Mohola the duiker

Hello all! 

I hope you are all enjoying your summer! We are in the middle of winter in the bush!! We have been very busy lately with the animals at DAKTARI as well as those around us! Over the past month we welcomed a new mongoose! He is a young male, and our Outreach Manager decided to name him Seth after the Egyptian god of chaos! But do not worry; Seth is very calm and not at all chaos-god-like! He will be staying with us until he has grown a little bigger and can be released alongside the rest of our growing mongoose family! 

At DAKTARI we pride ourselves in having a number of antelope (mainly Bushbucks and Duiker) who are wild and roam around the entire property, but are tame enough to come around the camp for food every once in a while.

Over the past month we have been able to see an incredible story develop right in our ‘front yard’. One of the female duikers, Mohola, came to DAKTARI about a month ago with a very nasty injury on her hind leg, where a large portion of her skin had been ripped off. As if she knew she would get help at the camp, she came to visit us and we quickly jumped into action and cured the wound as well as we could. Over the following days and weeks, the wound slowly got better and Mohola slowly but surely has improved her condition incredibly!

But surprises did not end there! Only a week ago we discovered that this brave animal had given birth to a baby duiker right next to the DAKTARI camp! The baby is very healthy and growing every day.

We are all so blown away by the sheer strength of nature that this series of events has shown! Not only was it incredible enough that Mohola survived her injury, but that she was able to give birth to a healthy duiker calf is something no one expected! It is the beauty of nature and of living in the bush. It is a privilege to be able to work around this every day, and your generosity in your donations makes it possible for the project to continue taking care of the animals. This fortunately allows us to take care of those that we have at our animal sanctuary within the camp as well as those who live on the DAKTARI farm and come to visit us every day!

Stay tuned for updates on Mohola and her baby on our Facebook and Twitter, as well as on our website!

Again, a heartfelt thank you to all for supporting what we do! Your donations make a huge difference to the project as well as our motivation to continue working hard! From everyone at DAKTARI as well as the children, and the animals, we are tremendously thankful!

Best wishes and until next time! 

Baby Duiker in the bushes!
Baby Duiker in the bushes!
Jul 16, 2015

The DAKTARI mission never stops!

Evidence :)
Evidence :)

Hello All!

I hope this new project report finds you well. I hope that you are enjoying your summer holidays! (We are currently in the middle of winter!!) We have been very busy lately with the project and would like to let you know what we are doing!

Over the last month we were privileged enough to take on a new school, Diputhi. We usually take Grade 8’s, yet because of their exam period we welcomed the Grade 7’s, making for a new and exciting experience not only for the younger children but also for the volunteers, who were faced with the challenges of a younger crowd! Although somewhat younger than the children we usually welcome, the children we had from Diputhi were a real pleasure to have!

They were all great, but standing out from the rest were Light and Evidence, two young girls who’s quick wit and hunger for knowledge really impressed everyone at the camp. They stood out not only in the classroom, but also during stabling, where they both took a special care and attention when handling and working with the animals. The hesitation they had with the animals at first disappeared within minutes and they both now want to pursue studies to become vets!

As some of you may know, the children in the local schools are currently on holiday, but this does not mean that the DAKTARI project takes a break! We have made a point to continue providing the educational experience for the children even when they are on holiday because of the importance of reaching as many children as possible. Although their week is quite intense with all they have to learn, we include many practical and interactive lessons to make it fun!

Again, a heartfelt thank you to all for supporting what we do! Your donations make a huge difference to the project as well as our motivation to continue working hard! From everyone at DAKTARI as well as the children, we are tremendously thankful!

Best regards and until next time! 

A group from Diputhi!
A group from Diputhi!
Light!
Light!
 
   

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