Welcome to your first field update of 2018!
Last year was a busy year for DAKTARI. We welcomed 342 children to our camp from 4 different schools in the local area. They participated in our environmental education program and were taught by 131 dedicated volunteers from around the world.
Our normal teaching program begins next week where we will first welcome children from Maahlamele School. From Monday to Friday the children have lessons and activities centered around environmental themes. In contrast to their normal classes at school, the children that come to DAKTARI are given individual attention and are taught in a small group.
Near the end of the week, the children demonstrate what they have learned in a lesson called “Making South Africa a Better Place”. This is an important lesson as the volunteers and students work together to explain how the environment, wildlife and a clean community are important to the economy and culture of South Africa. At the end of the lesson, the children write down six personal promises to follow in order to improve their lives and protect the environment. Before they leave on Friday, they stand and read them out to the rest of the group.
We are very excited to start off our 2018 teaching program! None of this work would be possible without you and your support. If you are interested in continuing to support DAKTARI throughout 2018, consider making a recurring donation. A monthly donation provides DAKTARI with a reliable source of income so we can continue to update and improve our education program throughout the year.
Thank you again for your valuable contribution.
The DAKTARI team
During our Job Hunting Program, DAKTARI invites local unemployed youths to the camp to learn the skills they need to find a job. While they are here they have lessons on CV and cover letter writing, job interview practice and email skills. They are then given certificates and recommendations if needed.
We spent a great deal of last year redesigning the program to make it even more effective. We were visited by a career guidance professional who advised us on the program. Her suggestions helped us restructure and improve parts of it.
This week marks the first week of our Job Hunting Program. We currently have seven students participating in the program: Tacia, Katlego, Ferius, Julda, Hendrickus, Marcia and Arnold. We hope they have a successful week at DAKTARI and find a job in the near future.
To a look at some of our success stories, check out this video on YouTube. It is an interview with Honest Mogofe who attended our Job Hunting Program and now works as a chef!
Thank you for your wonderful support! We will continue to provide outreach and support to those who want to find a job in 2018!
Thor the marmoset is the only offspring of two marmosets that were brought to DAKTARI a couple of years ago.
He likes to spend his days stealing food from the lunch table and jumping from desk to desk in the office trying to get attention. Although he is free to roam wherever he chooses, he likes to stay around the camp where he knows it is safe and will always find food!
Like all the animals at DAKTARI, Thor plays an important role in educating the children about the environment. The children always find it funny when he jumps on the table in the middle of lunch time and steals their bread!
Thank you so much for supporting our cheeky marmoset Thor!