Limpopo is known to be one of the poorest, least educated areas of South Africa. In schools, there are often more than 50 students per class. Only 48% of school leavers pass their Matriculation exam (graduate). Unemployment and poverty play a huge role in the destruction of the environment, with locals looking to poaching to support their families. Because safaris are privileges reserved for the middle-classes, locals do not understand the importance of preserving their precious environment.
DAKTARI educates local, underprivileged children to care for their environment through the medium of a wildlife orphanage. Our mission is to: Encourage compassion for animals which will urge the children to appreciate and care for wildlife Ensure that the children understand the economic importance of preserving their environment Create awareness of the job opportunities available in eco-tourism Build self-confidence and an overall desire to learn
Teachers report significant progress in the students who attend DAKTARI, such as increased concentration, a greater motivation to speak up in class, an increase in politeness and self-esteem and a higher pass rate at the end of the year. DAKTARI students have stopped the formation of hunting parties and have called Nature Conservation to rescue wild animals near to their homes. Many of our former students are now working in eco-tourism and are seen as role models in their communities.