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Thursday, 22 August 2013 21:16

Grace's Story

Grace's Success Story...

Grace first joined the Daktari Outreach Programme in 2012 after thoroughly enjoying her initial week at Daktari, she had recently moved from her home town in a big city to a small village after her father lost his job. Grace was brought up to speak English and Zulu but really struggled in her new home and school where they only spoke Sepedi. The school element was especially challenging for her as in order to pass any Grade the school stipulates that students must also pass in Sepedi language. This very bright and intelligent young girl was losing all hope and motivation for a promising future. With the help of Daktari and an appeal to our supporters we managed to enroll Grace at Southern Cross School in Hoedspruit, where the first language is English.

What next?

Grace is currently half way through Grade 10 and, although she had a lot of catching up to do at the beginning, is performing well. Her subjects are English, Afrikaans, Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Sciences, Visual Arts, Life Orientation. In the near future she will be passing Grade 10 (we hope!) and progressing into Grade 11 to continue her studies, long term she would like to be a Forensic Pathologist. Believe us, this girl definitely has the strength of character and confidence to make this happen!

Why are we are so proud of Grace?

Moving schools hasn't been easy for a 15 year old girl who has had to leave her family home and move in with other students so she can make the journey to school each day. Despite this she has continued to work hard and stay motivated, she already inspires young people from her village and the children she has left behind at the Outreach classes, especially the girls, to empower themselves and grab life's opportunities.

“I am getting used to the school environment and I have got a lot of people who care about me and support me. I am a very lucky girl to be able to enter into such a school and I am very thankful to Daktari for giving me the chance to fulfill my dream”.

Grace Mulumba - age 15

How can you help?

You can give another child the opportunity to experience 5 days of inspiring education at Daktari, where Grace's journey began. Each week we invite 8-10 children to Daktari where they have the opportunity to discover and become passionate about wildlife, conservation and through our Outreach Programme, find guidance into the the next stages of their lives and careers.

The cost of sponsoring one child is R 1,715 per week

If you would like to sponsor a child or a group of children please email us at

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 19:12

Kutullo's Story

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.

What next?

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.

Please help Kutullo by clicking here

A letter that Kutullo wrote after his 3 months at the Khamai Reptile Centre:

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