Rural community empowerment in South Africa

by DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage
May 8, 2013

Letter from Ashandy

Ashandy with two other members
Ashandy with two other members

Greetings to our lovely one’s.

How are you all? I hope you are all doing fine. How is life and all your work and studies? I’m also think everything is going well too!


Everything is in order at our club. Risette is doing good, guiding us well and teaching us very well too. Risette is getting help from other respective volunteers too. Everyone at the meeting is doing good and we always learning more. They are teaching us about the big 5, small 5, reptiles and much more. The think that makes me interested in the club is when we are learning about snakes.


I have learned that when I see a snake I don’t have to run away, because if I run it will just sense the vibration on the ground. They don’t hear anything, that’s why you can shout SNAKE! So someone can come and help.


The meeting with Risette and the volunteers is preventing us to go and see bad friends, those who smoke drugs. It’s good that they tell us about the danger of smoking drugs. I promise I will never drink alcohol or smoke drugs because the church that I attend doesn’t allow me that.


They teach me a lot, let me see if I can mange to mention them: Politeness, Respect, Mathematics, English, How to care for animals, Going on dog walks, What do I want to be when I grow up. I want to become a vet, which is an animal doctor, so I will help animals. I want them to be treated well like people. 


Our life in our community is very good, because everybody is enjoying. As they though us everything like how to take care of our environment, we are doing good in our community. We are still trying our best to make it look good. Our mayor has hired people from our community to clean and tell people not to throw rubbish on the land. This is how we can prevent land, air and water pollution.


I would like to thank you for the great job that you are all doing for us. I wish you all the best. You are such good people, because without you I don’t know if we were having the opportunities that we are having now. Thank you all and keep it up!


Ashandy Lewele – 16

Maahlamele High School - Grade 10

Ashandy at the reptile park
Ashandy at the reptile park
Ashandy Lewele
Ashandy Lewele



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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
$6,813 raised of $19,848 goal
187 donations
$13,035 to go
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