Rural community empowerment in South Africa

by DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage
Feb 12, 2012

Learning about the Environment and Planting Trees

Some of the Eco Club boys - having fun.
Some of the Eco Club boys - having fun.

First of all, thank you to all who sponsor this great project!

Thanks to your sponsorship I can go every week to the schools were I teach 2 Eco Clubs about the environment. The Ramatau Eco Club has about 30 members, and the Maahlamele Eco Club has around 50 members. We meet weekly after school to discuss different subjects; we already talked about all of the big 5 animals. The children wrote their most magical moment in their lives, here is a magical moment that I personally really liked:

One day I was walking in the street and I saw a very sick dog. I took the dog to the hospital and later the dog was fine. The owner of the dog thanked me and I felt really good because I helped an animal.

Khomotso, 16 years

They also wrote the goals and objectives for their ecoclub in groups of four. One of the groups came up with the following:

"We want to be famous about what we are doing, to be seen on TV. To go to USA to represent our country and club".

Dream big right?

Last week it was extremely exciting, we held elections for the positions of the club president, chairperson and treasurer! The candidates had to give a speech, and they were very serious about it, convincing the others to vote for them! They learn so much more than what they think.

We also planted trees at the school with the children. They now know why trees are so important to us, they provide us oxygen! After planting the trees in the hard and dry soil, they had to get some water, because they know that trees need water to grow. The club is responsible for the trees, they are taking care of them, and they feel so important because of it.

Because of this project these kids don't only get more education, guidance and learn more about life skills, they gain so much more self confidence and feel special. They have the feeling that someone cares and that is the most important thing!

Eco Club kids planting and watering the new trees.
Eco Club kids planting and watering the new trees.
Marothi, one of the boys, with his tree!
Marothi, one of the boys, with his tree!
Election day.... voting.
Election day.... voting.



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DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

Location: Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province - South Africa
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Micah Heineck
Outreach Volunteer
Hoedspruit, Limpopo South Africa
$6,696 raised of $19,848 goal
182 donations
$13,152 to go
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