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Dec 9, 2019

Celebrating our Eco Club children's achievements

Eco club students with our Outreach Team
Eco club students with our Outreach Team

 

DAKTARI's work extends to the local communities through dedicated and passionate outreach projects.

One of them is ECO CLUB, an after-school programme that takes place twice a week in Mahlamele secondary school in the nearby village of the Oaks. Students learn about effective ways to protect their wildlife and environment.

On Thursday, the 23rd October 2019 we all got to celebrate the children’s achievements after they successfully completed the 6-week ECO CLUB programme.

Proud parents, school teachers, community members and of course many DAKTARI staff and volunteers attended the awards ceremony where a beautifully decorated church hall was utilized as the venue.

A few of the children were called up on stage to read out letters written to local counsellor’s requesting their support in helping to keep the environment clean and safe.

DAKTARI co-founder Michèle felt so privileged and honoured, and let it be said emotional when presenting each child with their certificates of achievement. There were not many dry eyes in the hall as everyone felt so proud to see these wonderful children smiling and having felt such an amazing sense of accomplishment as they all went up to receive their certificates.

Well done to everyone!

Michele Merrifield is proud of the students
Michele Merrifield is proud of the students
Dec 9, 2019

Our Environmental Education program has evolved!

On December 3, we took part in the #GivingTuesday campaign to raise funds for our Environmental Education program. Thank you to all of you who believe in our cause.

With the funds we have raised, we are able to make a bigger impact in the lives of African children and keep improving the program.

Here is a highlight a few of the evolvements of our onsite teaching program.

There is more hands-on teaching methods that the children and volunteers enjoy more. As an example, the Wildlife crime lessons take place in the bush under the shade of a tree. We find greater interaction between children and volunteers takes place. 

We have included swimming lessons to highlight the need to learn this skill. Statistics of drownings in South Africa are very high.This is also a fun activity that children really love. We completed a total revamp of the swimming pool with its scenic views of the African bush.

The weekly movie is now an outdoor theatre where a variety of wildlife documentaries are screened as a curtain raiser to the main movie.

We have also constructed two vulture hides where each week the children and volunteers re-camouflage them as a fun activity. Vulture hides provide opportunity to children and volunteers to observe vultures and other diurnal and nocturnal animals without being noticed.

Finally, we are using wildlife themes as topics children learn to do presentations, storyboards and deliver them to audiences. This aims at developing the children's public speaking skills.

We will keep you updated on the further developments of our Environmental Education program in 2020!

Dec 9, 2019

Greetings from Martin!

It is time to receive news from our strong and beautiful cheetah!

We are glad to inform you that Martin is still in tip-top shape and doing well.

Martin remains one of the most important animal ambassadors to DAKTARI’s environmental education program. The children love to greet him every morning on their daily dog walk. They are also always fascinated as they watch him being fed chicken (which he loves by the way!) in the afternoon.

The first rains made Martin’s enclosure turn green, making the bush thicker and easier for him to hide or just lay down in the shade during the hot days. Sometimes, spotting him under the trees while Martin is having a nap is not easy!

 
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