As tends to happen due to the conditions of some of the roads in South Africa, our bakkie (pick-up truck) broke down! The car serves not only as a method of transport for the volunteers, but also provides an essential tool in transporting tools and heavy loads around the farm as well as being the car that the outreach program uses to visit the village as well as the weekly Eco-Club. This project aims to raise the sufficient funds to repair the car, an expense that we cannot afford alone.
The bakkie is a key element in the work DAKTARI carries out. It allows the team to move around the neighbouring communities to go to the schools for Eco-Club, to pick up children as well as other outreach programs which require the presence of DAKTARI on the field. Moreover, the pick-up serves as an essential tool around the farm itself because it is used for work requiring the transport of heavy loads. In addition to this, it is used to carry animals to and from the camp whenever needed.
At the moment we cannot afford to buy a new car or to face the cost of fixing this one completely. The microproject would allow us to fix the car and as a result, we would be able to continue with the work and the impact that we aim to carry out. Providing educational support beyond DAKTARI as well as being able to maintain and update our camp regularly for both volunteers and animals is something for which the bakkie is regularly used. It is a working tool and it is essential for our work.
After spending a week of environmental education at DAKTARI, the children become aware of the importance of their environment. They now act as role models and encourage their communities to protect nature. Allowing us to carry on and follow up on the education of the children by being able to visit the schools and carry out the weekly EcoClub is an essential tool to ensuring that the impact on the children is being put to a good use. The bakkie is a working tool and its role is key for our work