Kutullo's Success Story...
Kutullo first joined the Daktari Outreach Programme during 2012 after passing his Matric (Matric is the final examination of Secondary School/High School in South Africa). He demonstrated a passion and talent for conservation during the lessons and with the help of Daktari he received a bursary at the South African Wildlife College. After 4 months of hard work and studies he obtained his NQF Level 5 Environmental Education & Leadership Certificate and his NQF Level 2 Unarmed Field Ranger Certificate.
After passing and receiving his certificates, he went on to help with hands on practical work at the Khamai Reptile Centre in Hoedspruit for 3 months.
Kutullo was recently offered a 3 month internship as a Trainee Field Guide at a nearby nature reserve, where he will be gaining more practical experience in his new found career.
He now has to pass some final exams and pay for some compulsory licenses to be a fully fledged Professional Field Guide. After completing these final things he will be qualified and experienced enough to apply for paid work and start in his profession.
Why are we are so proud of Kutullo?
Kutullo is 22 years old and lives in Limpopo Province, one of the poorest areas in South Africa. Unemployment is very high, there are very little opportunities for young people and it's fair to say that life is pretty hard. Not only does Kutullo have the desire and motivation to improve his own life but he also wants to provide for his family and young daughter.
We are so proud of the hard work, commitment and enthusiasm that this young man has shown throughout the last year. He is an absolute pleasure to be around and we have no doubt that he will fulfill his dreams and do very well. He already inspires other young underprivileged children from his school and village and he will continue to set a good example for the next generation of South Africa.
“You have opened my eyes and gave me strength to wake up in the morning. Because of Daktari I know now who I am and what I would be in the future”.
Kutullo Shai – age 20
How can you help?
As with any poverish community, a lack of funding is often a major part (although not the only excuse!) in young people not achieving their dreams. Education, training and qualifications always come at a high price.
Kutullo has proven to us and our supporters that he is willing to learn and work hard, for this reason we continue to support him financially until he is qualified and ready to find paid work for himself. We are currently appealing on Global Giving for any donation, big or small, toward his last exams and compulsory licenses.
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A letter that Kutullo wrote after his 3 months at the Khamai Reptile Centre: