Oct 14, 2011

Metz Village Clean up with Daktari Kids & Voluntee

The clean up crew!
The clean up crew!

We organised our first clean up in Metz village!

At 11.00 the Daktari volunteers met twenty enthusiastic kids at the taxi rank in Metz village. To set the tone, we started off by singing together, followed by talking about littering and how long it takes plastic to break down (10.000 years!). Mokgadi, from the Maruleng municipality, came and brought us 40 garbage bags and gloves. The volunteers and kids cleaned the whole taxi rank as well as about 3 kilometres of street towards Ramatau School, and it looked fabulous! When we finished we had 65 full garbage bags! To celebrate, we took the kids for a soft drink at the dam, with a beautiful view of the mountains. We are very proud of all their hard work!

 

We also had our first official meeting with the Ramatau Wildlife Club! Until we have enough funding for a car of our own, we will borrow Daktari’s once a month to attend a Wildlife Club meeting. The Ramatau Wildlife club consists of 25 very enthusiastic members! For our first visit we had a brainstorming session where the children told us all of their ideas for what they want to change in their community. They came up with some great ideas! For example, they want to set up a recycling centre and plant trees at their school, and make sure there are enough dustbins in their community so people will not litter. Daktari’s next step is to start looking for sponsors who can support the project with funds, knowledge or materials. It feels so good to help these children make a difference!  

Gad cleaning in Metz Village
Gad cleaning in Metz Village
Justice putting his full garbage bag in the car
Justice putting his full garbage bag in the car
Children picking up all the plastic
Children picking up all the plastic

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Sep 26, 2011

Qokiso Orphans invited at Daktari

Group photo
Group photo

In June we invited the children of the Qokiso orphanage for a week of education. These children are very far from Daktari and we thought we would also give them a chance to get our attention. This is the review we received from Mrs Bjorg Krane Bostad in charge of the Qokiso orphanage after the departure of the children.

... "Thank you so much for giving our kids such a good time. The week spend at Daktari is such a wonderful and unforgettable experience for our orphans, and it makes such a good impact on their lives.  

I asked some of them what they liked best, and Humphrey said without having to reflect: The food!!! I had a good laugh, he just loves food, and might not get enough at home for all we know.  

Mathapeto cherished the private sessions she was having with one of the volunteers, her eyes were shining talking about it.

One of the other girls mentioned the talk session about sexuality as a highlight.

And everybody loved the way they were taught and playing and having fun at the same time.

For my orphans, coming to Daktari for a week is a life changing experience.

It is not just the bush experience and the animals that are highlights forthem, but the volunteers!  To have adults talking to them, helping them,teaching them, playing with them, giving them love and attention all thetime is for them a totally new and soul saving experience. They come fromovercrowded classrooms of 40 students, from child headed households or a family member that has taken them in without really having the means to feedmore mouths. To experience the warmth, the fun and laughter and peerguidance at Daktari gives them a feeling of self and that they matter whichthey sorely need. They come back to their village as different youngsters,they have felt valued and important and this they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

So, thank you all so much for doing what you are doing in the way you are doing it. It works wonders on hungry souls, that’s for sure!!!”…

Best regards from Sarah and Bjørg at the Qokiso Orphans Project

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Aug 16, 2011

The mini bus is doing a great job

Mondays: Picking up the children in the village
Mondays: Picking up the children in the village

Dear Friends of Daktari,

We would like to thank you all for helping Daktari towards the purchase of the Toyota Quantum to safely transport the children. 

Every Monday, the mini bus is driving to the village to collect 8 to 10 children coming to Daktari for a week of education. This is a trip the children will never forget, as it is, for most of the children, their first interaction with wildlife although they live only 50 kms away. During these two trips coming from their village to Daktari, and back a week later, they often have the opportunity to see cheetahs, lions and even elephants while driving between the two beautiful game reserves of Karongwe and Makalali. What a treat for the children!!! 

It was very difficult to find the funds to purchase the vehicle but thanks to you, we’ve done it!!!  We still have to refund the loan we had to take, and this is taken care of by our regular volunteers. 

We trust you are pleased by your involvement with the education of the children and the protection of the environment and we are very honoured to have you with us on this matter. 

We invite you to read about out two other projects on Global Giving about conservation and we hope you will find them worth your support.

http://www.globalgiving.com/pr/2400/proj2376a.html

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/conservation-education-underprivileged-children-africa

We wish you a lovely day and hope to hear from you very soon.

Best regards,

Fridays: Children returning to their village
Fridays: Children returning to their village

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