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Educate African Children about the environment

by DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage
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Educate African Children about the environment
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Educate African Children about the environment
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Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment

First of all, we hope that you and your family are keeping well during this crisis, and our thoughts go out to those who have been impacted by the virus in any way.

At DAKTARI we have taken some measures at early stages to help prevent the spread of the virus: 

- We are not taking kids onsite for our Environmental Education program since April 14th when the schools closed. 

- The borders have been closed so there are no new volunteers coming in until further notice.

- The lockdown started on April 27th, initially for 3 weeks. It has then been extended until April 30th, and we strictly respect these measures by respecting social distancing, washing hands and wearing masks when we do groceries shopping. 

- We sent all the staff home for the lockdown period except our Animal Manager Johnson to run our Wildlife Orphanage.

- We are taking the time without children at camp to upgrade some of the camp facilities at little to no cost, such as painting and decorating the chalets, building an aviary for birds of prey, doing some bush clearing 

Despite this crisis, we are still hopeful that better times are coming and that we will overcome this crisis. At the moment we do not have any income from volunteers, but we know that we have the support from people like YOU to keep us going. 

We miss the children, their smiles, energy and to see them interact with volunteers, and we are looking forward to come back to our routine soon!

Stay safe.

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We hope you had a good start of the year and that 2020 will be a year to remember! A lot has been going on at our camp, so we wanted to update you on a few things!

After a busy year filled with kids, volunteers and animals, it was time for a few weeks of relaxation at DAKTARI. Most of our staff and long-term volunteers went on a trip for the holidays which left the camp very quiet.

We took these few weeks to recharge our batteries so we could jump into 2020 at full speed, but we also took the time to invite some of our friends and family over for a bit of quality time!

After those few weeks of well-needed rest, we can happily say that our camp is now full of life again!

Our volunteer coordinatos went to deliver a presentation about DAKTARI at Leoma school in Finale village, to recruit the first batch of children that will come to DAKTARI for a full week of environmental education.

The first children arrived mid-January when the school reopened, and they are having a great time learning about the environment in the middle of the bush! To deliver the lessons, we currently have 12 volunteers who are absolutely crushing it.

We couldn't have hoped for a better start of the year!

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It is time to look back at what we've have achieved with you during the year!  

The 12 past months have been filled with lots of joy and challenges.

Thanks to your support, we were not alone! You were there to back us up and your trust means the world to us. 

We are very proud of our impact and made a short video inviting you to the DAKTARI's vibe! 

We hope it will help you to visualise better how your investment has been used.

Thank you for being a part of it, we know we owe you a lot!  

Wish you lots of success and happyness in 2020. 

 

Best regards,

 

Ian and Michele 

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On December 3, we took part in the #GivingTuesday campaign to raise funds for our Environmental Education program. Thank you to all of you who believe in our cause.

With the funds we have raised, we are able to make a bigger impact in the lives of African children and keep improving the program.

Here is a highlight a few of the evolvements of our onsite teaching program.

There is more hands-on teaching methods that the children and volunteers enjoy more. As an example, the Wildlife crime lessons take place in the bush under the shade of a tree. We find greater interaction between children and volunteers takes place. 

We have included swimming lessons to highlight the need to learn this skill. Statistics of drownings in South Africa are very high.This is also a fun activity that children really love. We completed a total revamp of the swimming pool with its scenic views of the African bush.

The weekly movie is now an outdoor theatre where a variety of wildlife documentaries are screened as a curtain raiser to the main movie.

We have also constructed two vulture hides where each week the children and volunteers re-camouflage them as a fun activity. Vulture hides provide opportunity to children and volunteers to observe vultures and other diurnal and nocturnal animals without being noticed.

Finally, we are using wildlife themes as topics children learn to do presentations, storyboards and deliver them to audiences. This aims at developing the children's public speaking skills.

We will keep you updated on the further developments of our Environmental Education program in 2020!

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Each week DAKTARI welcomes 8 children to spend a week participating in our environmental education programme. During 2018, 373 children passed through our gates for this life changing experience. We always make sure the children get the best memories out of their week at DAKTARI

September 24th marks South Africa's national Heritage Day where around the country people celebrate the many diverse cultures that make up our great land. The DAKTARI staff, volunteers and most importantly the children that week all celebrated in true SA style dressing up in traditional and colourful attire and enjoying a braai (barbecue) with some song and dance.

A true inspiring and fun day was had by all, and we could all learn about SA from the children.

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DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

Location: Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province - South Africa
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Project Leader:
Michele Merrifield
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Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province South Africa
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