Over 220 South African youth educated about nature

$39,416 $584
Raised Remaining


Our mission is to inspire and educate underprivileged children to care for their environment, through the medium of a wildlife orphanage, while increasing their environmental job opportunities.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

We allow underprivileged children to experience their local environment. We inspire these children to protect their environment and inform them about eco-tourism job opportunities. We supplement the local school curriculum. We develop the children’s self-confidence while diminishing the stigma of apartheid through working with international volunteers. We give a safe home to orphaned and injured wildlife that can’t be rehabilitated.

How will this project solve this problem?

Every week 8 underprivileged children attend bush school at the wildlife orphanage. Rescued animals, bush walks and lessons inspire students to care for their environment. Children are tutored on school subjects and are also taught about life skills and career choices.

Potential Long Term Impact

Today’s local underprivileged children will be able to secure good employment in nature reserves. The children, future custodians of nature, will be inspired to protect wildlife and their fragile environment.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $39,416

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $39,416 .  The original project funding goal was $40,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).


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Thanks to 475 donors like you, a total of $39,416 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Michele Merrifield

Hoedspruit, South Africa

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