It’s a very exciting time for all South Africans as we are the proud citizen welcoming the Soccer World cup. Flags, vuvuzela and euphoria are all over the country.
There is no rest for the Daktari Team and we will miss most of this animation as nothing will take us away from our mission and own goals.
We have now finished educating all the grade 8 children from Lepono School. We made contact with another school that was also very keen on sending their pupils to Daktari. We now welcome the students from Nareng school and carry on with Ramatau School.
Our reputation in the village is growing and we receive numerous phone calls from other schools or even individual local people who would also like to send their children to Daktari. We will soon have to extend our project and need to secure our funds.
Thanks to your continued support which allows us to anticipate further development toward the education of our children and protection of the environment.
It is now time to give you some news from Daktari and tell you about the impact of your donations.
Over 900 children have come for the week of education about their environment at Daktari and we thought we had to expand. Thanks to your donations, we have been able, since January, to start our new Youth development programme.
Every week the local school contact a student who has finished school and suggest him/her to join Daktari for a week to help in the education of the younger children. This young person, not employed, instead of staying in the street, can now develop his enthusiasm in the protection of wildlife and helping his community.
This is a great success and we are very proud to have the local youth as part of the project, allowing them to discover and expand some interest for their environment. Some of them have already changed their future orientation and have decided to go back to school to study Nature and Conservation.
There is no doubt this has a tremendous impact to the future of wildlife and the beauty of our country and we express our gratitude for being a part of it.
Contact us if you have comments, questions or suggestion about Daktari and its mission and we will be happy to share them with you.
We thank you for your donations which are vital to us and are happy to have you by our side.
We would like to thank all of you who have given to our project through the challenge Give More, Get More. We have now received from you a total of $ 1960 matched by Global Giving at $ 438 which will give us a total so far of $ 2398.
This is wonderful and helps so much to continue the project. We could not survive without your contribution and can’t thank you enough for your generosity.
The challenge isn’t finished and we still have to the 1st of December to benefit from donor’s generosity. So if you haven’t made your donation yet, there is still time!!!
We are following the progress every day while still having the children here with us. They all know about your kindness and are very grateful for the opportunity they are given.
Lately we received an orphaned bushbaby. Although it’s a very common animal in the area, most of the children have never seen one. In the children’s village, they have all been exterminated. The children enjoy the cheerful personality of Chico the bushbaby and all hope they will eventually come back in their village. The children’s interaction with Chico is very important and shows them that animals aren’t all dangerous and can also be enjoyable to observe instead of being seen as food or traditional medicine.
We look forward to have your feedback and may be your visit?
Daktari Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage inspires, motivates, develops and educates underprivileged children to care for the environment through the medium of a wildlife orphanage.
Each week Daktari invites children from the local underprivileged school to stay at the camp for 5 days. Whilst the children are at Daktari, they follow an eductional program about wildlife and the environment. They also take part in lessons such as English, Poilteness and Maths. A very important part of Daktari is the animals. We care for animals which are injured or orphaned and also animals which cannot be released back into the wild. These animals are used to educate the children, who help with their daily care and feeding.
As a volunteer at Daktari, I have been involved with the teaching program for the children. When they arrive on a Monday morning, an introduction to Daktari is given and then we start with the teaching program. The children help us with daily chores, which include cleaning animal camps and feeding some of the animals. Whilst following the teaching plan, we all aim to make the lessons as exciting as possible and to make sure that the children get the most out their time here as possible.
I plan to stay at Daktari for another 2 months and will then return to England. I came to Daktari in January so have been here a while! I would greatly recommend this project to anyone wishing to spend time in South Africa working with the local children. From volunteering at Daktari, you can be sure to have a trip filled with wonderful memories and experiences which will never be forgotten.
When asked what she would tell her friends about this project, Vicky said: "Incredible! You need to see this."
You all have been wonderful supporters of our educational project.
Thanks to your donations Daktari was able to welcome over 100 children for an education week about environment. Because of your great enthusiasm toward our work and your concern about the future of South African children and wildlife we have decided to double our target. We are now trying to reach over 220 children in the next few months.
Daktari never stops!!! During school holidays, it wasn’t possible to get the children from our two local schools as the teachers were away. There is no holiday for Daktari’s team and they decided to take this leave opportunity to invite vulnerable children from a neighbouring orphanage and the children’s staff from a next-door farm. This was such an opportunity for them to get out of their normal routine and discover a bit of wildlife. This was all new to them and they went back to the orphanage with lots of stories to tell to their nannies. The children’s neighbouring farm’s staffs were happy to discover in which environment their parents are working as of course they didn’t have a clue about it.
We will invite children from the orphanage and from local staff’s again and we thank you to help us to make it possible. Your donations are highly needed and appreciated.
With your help we always feel stronger and stronger and will also go out of our way to honour your support.
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