Daktari Newsletter July - August 2013

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Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage is an educational animal reserve located near the town of Hoedspruit in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Every Monday morning we welcome a new group of 8-10 underprivileged children from neighbouring communities who stay with us full board for 5 days. Over the course of the week the children receive our structured syllabus covering subjects from conservation, environment and pollution to social talks on drugs, alcohol, sex education and how to make South Africa a better place. All of the teaching is delivered by volunteers from all over the world who pay to experience Daktari and all it has to offer, as a registered NGO the majority of our funding is generated through our volunteers and we could not operate without their help. The Daktari reserve itself is home to a variety of rescued birds, animals and reptiles all of which are used to educate and inspire the children and volunteers who stay with us.

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Daktari Newsletter July - August 2013

  1. 1. By Amy Hulme
  2. 2. daktaribushschool.org2 Painting the kids’ dorm! In early July a team of talented volunteers decided to brighten up the kid’s dormitory with some great painting. A special thanks to Berndt for coordinating the project! It’s a baby girl… Miriam, one of our lovely staff members, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Michele’s idea was to name her Chanel, Miriam really liked it and so the name stuck! Are you up to date with all our Daktari News bulletins reported live from camp by the children in less than 60 seconds? youtube.com/daktaribushschool
  3. 3. daktaribushschool.org3 DAKTARI STREET PARTY! No one throws a party like a Daktari Street Party…Not only did we entertain all our bushveld neighbours and friends with a bush bar, braai and music, but we also raised over R 5000! It was a great evening; special thanks to everyone who came along and to all the volunteers who helped out 
  4. 4. daktaribushschool.org4 Remembering Princess Maya Welcoming Princess Leia Our beloved Princess Maya sadly passed away on the 20th July 2013. She went to sleep for the last time with her mate King Kong and her favourite hot water bottle. She will be missed greatly but fondly remembered forever. xxx After Princess Maya died King Kong was extremely depressed and lonely. The volunteers kept him company as much as possible but we realised it was time to find him a new mate. Princess Leia cheered him up and now they are very happy  Spikey’s Special Visit… I’m Spikey the Cape Porcupine, I visit the Daktari lapa most evenings. One night I decided to bring along my two small babies! The volunteers were very excited and happy to meet them, I was happy for the break, it is hard work with twins!
  5. 5. daktaribushschool.org5 Hello, I’m a Dassie. Me and my family came to Daktari because we were annoying a farmer, we like our new home now but are still a bit shy… My name is Banchee and I’m a Thick-tailed Bushbaby. I think I’m the cutest animal at Daktari and I love to climb in Michele’s hair for cuddles and pee  Thanks to Moholoholo for sending me to Daktari “Kiiiii kiiiii” I’m the Long Crested Eagle. I’m a bit sad sometimes because I am blind in one eye. I am waiting for a sponsor to give me a name which will cheer me up a bit. “peewww peewww” My name is Bella, I’m a Pearl Spotted owlet. I am just visiting Daktari until my wing is better, I can’t wait to fly fly away but I will miss all the yummy mice they give me!
  6. 6. daktaribushschool.org6 Holy Family Orphanage During the school holidays we had a week where we couldn’t take any children from the village schools, so we decided to give the opportunity to all the grade 8 children at the Holy Family Orphanage located nearby. A lot of the younger children were so upset about being too young to come to Daktari that we organised a day trip for them as well. They had great fun seeing all the animals and the volunteers loved showing them all around. It was a great day spent with all the wonderful children and staff. Holy Family care for vulnerable children aged from 0-18 years, they are constantly at their full capacity of 75 children.
  7. 7. daktaribushschool.org7 Holy Family children Nareng village children Nareng village children Nareng village children During the month of July we gave 41 children an educational week at DAKTARI. We couldn’t do it without YOU! Thank you 
  8. 8. daktaribushschool.org8 Nareng village children Nareng village children Lepono village children Diputhi village children During the month of August we gave 33 children an educational week at DAKTARI. We couldn’t do it without YOU! Thank you 
  9. 9. daktaribushschool.org9 Ramatau High School Here’s a lovely drawing from Samuel, taken from Claire’s recent lesson on rainbows! Maahlamele High School A wonderful extract below from Ashandy’s poem, which she will be performing on South African Heritage Day. “My country is for love So say it’s valleys Where ancient rivers flow The full circle of life Under the proud eyes of birds Adoring the sky” “My country is for peace So say the veld Where reptiles caress its surface With elegant motions Glittering in their pride” Like our facebook page for more info! facebook.com/daktarioutreach Full poem on facebook!
  10. 10. daktaribushschool.org10 Scott Groves and Family A big thank you to Scott Groves and his family, Christa, Lynn, Toni, Devon and Zachary for their tremendous efforts in fundraising for (and even building with their bare hands) Scotty the African Hawk Eagle’s new avery! Mila Gordon-Creed Thank you to Mila for rounding up the sponsorship of the new mice and rat boxes and coordinating the re-furb of their building with the help of her fellow volunteers. “Thank you! Squeak”
  11. 11. daktaribushschool.org11 Wait a Little for their kind donation made from their horse riding lessons www.waitalittle.co.za HCI Foundation for their generous sponsor of 4 weeks of children to attend Daktari www.hcifoundation.co.za Apexhi for their kind sponsorship www.tshikululu.org.za Nikela for their generous donation www.nikela.org Dry Season Safari for their kind sponsorship www.dryseasonsafaris.com Richard Morris for his donation of two tyres for one of our vehicles Daktari Germany for funding our new generator Dicla for providing us with a generous discount off our new generator www.dicla.com AZ Trading for their donation of laminating pouches for the children’s certificates www.aztradingcc.co.za
  12. 12. In South Africa Bank: First National Bank, Hoedspruit, SA Swift number: FIRN ZA JJ Branch Number: 270652 Account Number: Cheque Account (Non-Profit) 62044965129 Name: Daktari Wildlife Orphanage, South Africa In South Africa Bank: First National Bank, Hoedspruit, SA Swift number: FIRN ZA JJ Branch Number: 270652 Account Number: Cheque Account (Non-Profit) 62044965129 Name: Daktari Wildlife Orphanage, South Africa In Germany Bank: Sparkasse Münsterland-Ost Bankleitzahl: 40050150 Konto-Nummer: 1350 88 888. Name: Spendensammelverein Münster e.V. Reference: DAKTARI-Südafrika – Busch-Schule & Wildwaisen - Station In Germany Bank: Sparkasse Münsterland-Ost Bankleitzahl: 40050150 Konto-Nummer: 1350 88 888. Name: Spendensammelverein Münster e.V. Reference: DAKTARI-Südafrika – Busch-Schule & Wildwaisen - Station UK (tax Deductible in UK) UK (tax Deductible in UK) USA (tax Deductible in USA) USA (tax Deductible in USA) In The Netherlands Stichting Daktari Bush School Nederland KvK 53826736 ANBI Stichting ING 5254438 te Rosmalen In The Netherlands Stichting Daktari Bush School Nederland KvK 53826736 ANBI Stichting ING 5254438 te Rosmalen If you are donating from the UK or USA use the global giving links to the left, or from South Africa and Europe use the bank transfer details to the right or Pay Pal button below… Thank you 
  13. 13. daktaribushschool.org Nom nom nom nom nom…this place is like Bushbaby heaven!

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