It is now time to give you some news from Daktari and tell you about the impact of your donations.
Over 900 children have come for the week of education about their environment at Daktari and we thought we had to expand. Thanks to your donations, we have been able, since January, to start our new Youth development programme.
Every week the local school contact a student who has finished school and suggest him/her to join Daktari for a week to help in the education of the younger children. This young person, not employed, instead of staying in the street, can now develop his enthusiasm in the protection of wildlife and helping his community.
This is a great success and we are very proud to have the local youth as part of the project, allowing them to discover and expand some interest for their environment. Some of them have already changed their future orientation and have decided to go back to school to study Nature and Conservation.
There is no doubt this has a tremendous impact to the future of wildlife and the beauty of our country and we express our gratitude for being a part of it.
Contact us if you have comments, questions or suggestion about Daktari and its mission and we will be happy to share them with you.
We thank you for your donations which are vital to us and are happy to have you by our side.
It’s now 5 months that we have been using our Toyota Quantum to carry the underprivileged children from the village to the Bush School. We can’t tell you how much difference it makes in term of safety to have such a car to carry our little students. When fetching the children at the village they are all waving at us when they see the Daktari car passing through the village. They know we care for their safety and all look forward to take a ride which will bring them to Daktari experience.
This week of education is the last week of the year for Daktari to welcome children and it will be time for the car to go for its first service. The car is taken care of like a precious stone as we wouldn’t be able to operate without it.
The monthly repayment for the vehicle is still very heavy and it will cost around $ 474 per month for the next five years. We need to bring this repayment down to become sustainable. Your contribution toward the heavy instalment is crucial for us as the loan was taken as an emergency solution.
We thank you for your support in continuing helping us to cover the cost of the purchase of this vital tool. The car to pick up and drop off children is definitely a resource we can’t do without.
Let us know what you think of our car and give us your advices.
We wish you a Happy Christmas and look forward to hear from you.
Ian and Michele
Dec 7, 2009
By Ian and Michele Merrifield - Directors
The predator camp
It was time to move forward with our cheetah camp project. The cost of the camp to the requirement of the donors of the retired cheetah was far out of our budget and we didn’t want to wait years to give the children the opportunity to admire a predator. A generous sponsor, a few private ones, and your donation gave us enough funds to build a smaller but very decent predator camp.
We went into action, bought supplies and with the man power donated by a Daktari friend the building started. The camp is almost completed and still need a few adjustments. In a few weeks we will be able to advertise the potential home for any predator in need and hopefully we will share our passion for our wildlife with our local children.
The camp is a quarter of a hectare (50m x 50m), has lots of trees, shade and a big water trough. Surely we can already picture a peaceful lion, an active leopard, a majestic cheetah or even a naughty hyena there and can’t wait for the next arrival.
We thank you for your support toward our work and hope you appreciate our move into action to achieve as much as we can for the survival or our rich wildlife protection.
You can contact us to let us know how you feel about our decision on the use of your donation.
We will certainly need more camps to be built and will, in time, offer you another animal camp to sponsor through Global Giving. In the mean time you are more than welcome to support us toward our on going running project of covering the cost to welcome underprivileged children for a week of education about environment. You can follow this links below if you would like to carry on supporting our work.
We wish you a happy Christmas with your friends and family and look forward to hear from you.