Educate African Children about the environment

by DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage
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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
Educate African Children about the environment
Educate African Children about the environment
Picture of children in class.
Picture of children in class.

Dear friends,

With all the difficulties of the pandemic we are still making sure that we provide the local children with the Environmental Education our country needs. Despite many lockdowns,  we managed to welcome 103 students at DAKTARI so far. 

At the arrival of the children we conduct an assessment of their knowledge so we can adapt the week to their education level. 

The 11th of August, Moholoholo showed their support by inviting 6 children for a tour of their rehabilitation centre. Cost of transport was also sponsored by our returning volunteer Jeanne L. 

Outside excursions are organised when possible to show the children our appreciation/recognition towards their positive engagement during their week at DAKTARI. 

We keep improving our program thanks to our volunteers. Janis M, from Switzerland,  had the wonderful idea of creating educational cards to better the children’s understanding. This tool has a tremendous impact on the children’s learning experience.  

This month we started working with Leoma Secondary School which is located in a high risk poaching area. Our impact there will extend even more as soon as we will be able to start our Eco Club there.

The main activities we do with the children are:

  • Morning dog walk as a warm up for everyone in the camp before starting our day.
  • Animal care, cleaning the animal enclosures and feeding the animals while we make sure they are in a good condition.
  • Social talks such as respect, politeness, substances abuse and safe sex.
  • Bushwalk where the pupils learn about indigenous trees and animal tracks. 

Please click here to view our full program. You will see that there is not one minute lost for the children to learn and experience during the day! Do not hesitate to give us your feedback! 

We hope all is well on your side and thank you again for your trust and support.

Picture of children and volunteers.
Picture of children and volunteers.
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Children in class.
Children in class.

Most of us are still suffering from the pandemic, which hit all of us without exception. We thought we would have to close our doors within 3 months because we did not think that everybody would suddenly start to care so much for each other.

Since last year March 20 we couldn’t welcome our local children for their environmental week of education anymore, or any international volunteers. However we still had to feed the animals, maintain employment, camp, program and all the things that give us a purpose in our lives: Educate and motivate South African local children to protect the environment!

YOU have helped us tremendously, through GlobalGiving, to be resilient. YOU have shown us your trust and support for a better world and we are happy to inform you that next week the 22nd of February, we will start operating and will welcome 6 children for the week. So far we welcomed 52 children from Maahlamele High School, with 42 for Environmental Education, and we also managed to organize a Game Drive for our winners (The students of the week) . It happened on the 09th May 2021.

Thanks to “YES 4 YOUTH” who have placed a number of youth who partake in work experience and learning. One of them is helping with teaching Environmental Education. This started on 04th May and will be for a 12 month period.

The Little x Little GlobalGiving campaign which happened from 8th to the 12th of March. All donations were matched at 50% (up to $50) and we managed to raise $1,026 which helped us to start welcoming students for Environmental Education.

Do you know you can also help us to welcome more children by volunteering with us? Consider enriching your life with a wonderful experience of sharing your knowledge with children, while discovering all our cute animals, all of that in the middle of nature. Check your travel permission obviously before travelling but know that South Africa is pretty up to date with health protocols! We breeze everyday through Mother Nature, so think about it!

I sincerely hope you are all healthy on your side and as positive as we all are here at DAKTARI.

Lots of love from DAKTARI and South Africa.

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Most of us are still suffering from the pandemic, which hit all of us without exception. We thought we would have to close our doors within 3 months because we did not think that everybody would suddenly start to care so much for each other. The pandemic has been an incredible lesson of life driving us to all sorts of plans to survive. 

Since March 20 we couldn’t welcome our local children for their environmental week of education anymore, or any international volunteers. However we still had to feed the animals, maintain employment, camp, program and all the things that give us a purpose in our lives: Educate and motivate South African local children to protect the environment! 

A great success of our program is that last year there was a 450% increase in the awareness of the importance of Eco-Tourism industry. This means that most of our local children did not know they could directly benefit from protecting their environment and get employment opportunity in the future! The best of it is that more children we welcome more WE will all benefit. 

YOU have helped us tremendously, through GlobalGiving, to be resilient. YOU have shown us your trust and support for a better world and we are happy to inform you that next week the 22nd of February, we will start operating again and will welcome 5 children for the week. 

My mother always told me in French "who goes slowly, goes surely"! I never forget this and this is why we are managing your donations so they can last for as long as possible, slowly but surely until the pandemic is over and we can rely on a more stable income. 

YOU have given us faith for the future and this is why we can carry on with our mission. Thank you!

If things are going better as well on your side, you are welcome to participate in the Little x Little GlobalGiving campaign from the 8 to the 12th of March where all donations will be match at 50% (up to $50). 

Do you know you can also help us to welcome more children by volunteering with us? Consider enriching your life with a wonderful experience of sharing your knowledge with children, while discovering all our cute animals, all of that in the middle of nature. Check your travel permission obviously before travelling but know that South Africa is pretty up to date with health protocols! We breeze everyday through Mother Nature, so think about it!

I sincerely hope you are all healthy on your side and as positive as we all are here at DAKTARI. 

Lots of love from DAKTARI and South Africa. 

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It's been so long since we've had international volunteers at DAKTARI and we just cannot wait to welcome them back!

Borders are open (with restrictions)

We are extremely excited to announce that South Africa has partially reopened international borders as of 1st of October, 2020!

Currently there is a requirement to be tested for Covid-19 less than 72 hours before departure. A list of countries that have high infection rate are also still prohibited to travel to SA. This list is reviewed every two weeks by the government. 

We understand the uncertainty of international travel and will be flexible with booking dates and cancellations. We cannot wait to have our camp full of volunteers again! 

New volunteer program!

Schools have been closed for several months during lockdown, and they have just reopened. As children still need to catch up on their school work, we won't be able to welcome them at DAKTARI until the end of January 2021.

Therefore, we came up with an exciting new volunteer program :

The Nature & Culture Experience!

This program is designed for wildlife lovers who want to learn more about the South African bush and local traditions. Volunteers will experience all that DAKTARI has to offer, right in the middle of the bush, surrounded by many different animals and amazing people.

We will deliver practical activities around various topics such as trees, birds, animal tracks, mammals, insects, reptiles and how they interconnect in the ecosystem.

Volunteers also will learn about the local customs and beliefs, language and traditional food with our devoted staff. 

Finally, through our Community Outreach Program, they will have the opportunity to teach underprivileged children from nearby villages around DAKTARI, visit the schools and the village.

Our Environmental Education program should resume in January 2020, unless new health and safety measures are put in place by the authorities.

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A lot has changed in the past few months since the start of the pandemic and the lockdown in South Africa! However, we stand strong and we cannot wait to be able to run our project as usual hopefully soon!

The crisis continue to hit the country and we are still under lockdown lever 3. We are not sure when international travel will be allowed again and schools are also still partially closed.

Therefore, with no international volunteers or children, we are not delivering our usual onsite Environmental Education project for now. We miss having the camp full of children and laughters!

We still want to tell the communities of the importance of DAKTARI’s mission, which is to educate and inspire children to value and protect their environment.

Therefore, we used this quiet time to strengthen our relationship with the surrounding villages. We invited the chiefs of 6 villages, who are each in charge of a village, to come for half a day and visit DAKTARI.  

We gave them a tour of the camp and the animals, and realised that some of them had never seen an ostrich or a meerkat before! We also reinforced the importance of teaching the children about the environment through a presentation of our teaching program, allowing them to better understand our mission.

The chiefs are very respected and the community listens to them, so having their full support is crucial to the success of our mission. They can pass the message to their people about the importance of protecting the wildlife and taking care of the environment. 

Group picture with the chiefs
Group picture with the chiefs

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DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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