Over 220 South African youth educated about nature

$39,416 $584
Raised Remaining
Sep 26, 2011

Qokiso Orphans invited at Daktari

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In June we invited the children of the Qokiso orphanage for a week of education. These children are very far from Daktari and we thought we would also give them a chance to get our attention. This is the review we received from Mrs Bjorg Krane Bostad in charge of the Qokiso orphanage after the departure of the children.

... "Thank you so much for giving our kids such a good time. The week spend at Daktari is such a wonderful and unforgettable experience for our orphans, and it makes such a good impact on their lives.  

I asked some of them what they liked best, and Humphrey said without having to reflect: The food!!! I had a good laugh, he just loves food, and might not get enough at home for all we know.  

Mathapeto cherished the private sessions she was having with one of the volunteers, her eyes were shining talking about it.

One of the other girls mentioned the talk session about sexuality as a highlight.

And everybody loved the way they were taught and playing and having fun at the same time.

For my orphans, coming to Daktari for a week is a life changing experience.

It is not just the bush experience and the animals that are highlights forthem, but the volunteers!  To have adults talking to them, helping them,teaching them, playing with them, giving them love and attention all thetime is for them a totally new and soul saving experience. They come fromovercrowded classrooms of 40 students, from child headed households or a family member that has taken them in without really having the means to feedmore mouths. To experience the warmth, the fun and laughter and peerguidance at Daktari gives them a feeling of self and that they matter whichthey sorely need. They come back to their village as different youngsters,they have felt valued and important and this they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

So, thank you all so much for doing what you are doing in the way you are doing it. It works wonders on hungry souls, that’s for sure!!!”…

Best regards from Sarah and Bjørg at the Qokiso Orphans Project



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Michele Merrifield

Hoedspruit, South Africa

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