Environmental Education for over 300 Children

by DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage
$40,782 Raised
total goal
monthly donors
Our mission is to inspire and educate underprivileged children to care for their environment, through the medium of a wildlife orphanage, while creating awareness about environmental job opportunities.


The Limpopo province has a very high unemployment rate, and also a very big problem with poaching. The schools are badly equipped and over crowded which causes poor education and leads to unemployment, poverty and poaching. It is a vicious circle that can only be stopped by educating the younger generation and helping them to make South Africa a better place.


We give local children the chance to experience their environment which is their heritage. We inspire these children to protect their ecosystems and introduce them to ecotourism jobs. We supplement the local school curriculum with one on one lessons and increase the children's self-confidence while diminishing the stigma of apartheid through working with international volunteers. We care for orphaned and injured wildlife and use them to teach the children responsibility and respect for animals.

Long-Term Impact

After spending a week of environmental education at Daktari, the children become aware of the importance of their environment. They now act as role models and encourage their communities to protect nature. Our educational programme has also stimulated passions within lots of children who are now considering working in the ecotourism industry.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

Location: Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province - South Africa
Website: http:/​/​www.daktaribushschool.org
Project Leader:
Michele Merrifield
Hoedspruit, Limpopo South Africa

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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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