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Jul 11, 2019

Updates from Martin

Our little Martin is still having lots of fun now that his enclosure is filled with high grass. However, it’s getting dryer and dryer every day so soon he won’t be able to hide in there anymore.

Every morning he greets our children and volunteers when they go by his enclosure for their daily dog walk. He loves waiting for them by the fence and watching them all go by. And if they’re lucky he even runs to the other side to greet them a second time when they walk past!

Did you know that a cheetah’s tail is more than half as long as the rest of its body? Their body can grow to up to 1.5m long while the tail can have a length of up to 80cm. Another fun fact is that the cheetah is the biggest cat that can actually purr. Lions and leopards do not have the ability to purr, but cheetahs do. Although Martin doesn’t let us come close enough to give him belly rubs :D

Jul 11, 2019

A special trip for our winners of the week

Each week we choose a “winner of the week”, a student that did the best during the week or improved most according to our volunteers. This student gets crowned the winner of the week and not only receives an extra gift and a tree to plant somewhere in the village, but they are also invited to join our volunteer coordinators on a game drive.

Every few months, the winners of the previous weeks get to go on the game drive. It’s an incredible experience for these children because most of them have never been on one and would otherwise never get the opportunity to go on one.

This last game drive was sponsored by Tshukudu who let us go on the drive for free. The kids had the time of their lives and this was definitely a day they’ll never forget!

Apr 16, 2019

The Inside OAKS Project

Front side of the Inside OAKS Project
Front side of the Inside OAKS Project

On the 9th of March we took part in a global art project named the Inside Out Project together with an ex-volunteer and her brother. This exhibition was called the Inside OAKS Project. 72 portraits were taken. Some of them featured our volunteers, staff and local people from the Oaks Village. The objective of this art exhibition was to teach children about the importance of the environment.

DAKTARI helped to hang all of the portraits on the big market place in the Oaks and afterwards children from the local schools entertained us with song and dance. Those who were hungry were able to enjoy some delicious boerewors. The end result looked stunning and was visible from very far away. Most of the people who attended this event were locals from the Oaks or from towns nearby, but we also had some Dutch tourists who made a little detour on their roadtrip to come admire the portraits!

With your help we can continue to set up new projects and find new ways to create awareness and stimulate community development.

Back side of the Inside OAKS Project
Back side of the Inside OAKS Project
Working on getting all of the portraits up
Working on getting all of the portraits up

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