I’m going back to my beloved South Africa and this time for a whole 3 months! I will intern at Sanccob (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) in Port Elizabeth and hope to be able to learn a lot more about the wonderful African penguins as well as other marine birds. But don’t for a minute think that I’ll not make time for my Door of Hope family. I’m looking forward to spending a lot more time with Mama Gladys and the children as well.
Alfreda the Rockhopper
The African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) which breed in Namibia and South Africa, have declined by 95 percent since pre-industrial times. There were about 4 million penguins at the beginning of the 19th century! The total population in 2000 was 200,000. In 2010, the number was estimated to be only at 55,000. If this decline is not halted, the African penguin is expected to be extinct by 2026. I want to do my bit to help so that we will be able to see these beautiful and funny birds in the wild also in the future, not just visit them in a zoo, or even worse – only virtually if they go extinct! 5,000 breeding pairs were estimated to live in Namibia in 2008 and in 2012, about 18,700 pairs were estimated to live in South Africa, with the majority of those numbers on St Croix Island in Algoa Bay outside Port Elizabeth. You can read more about the Penguin Project on Khayavolunteer/penguins
St. Croix Island
As for my Door of Hope family I’m again hoping to be able to take them on an educational excursion as well as help financially towards clothing, school items, domestic items etc. As I will be there at the beginning of a new school term I’m sure donations for school uniforms and books will be greatly appreciated. I know a couple of them would love to see another football/soccer match as well. Would love to have enough to do both educational and fun stuff with these amazing kids! Read more about Door of Hope orphanage here – Khayavolunteer/DOH
Door of Hope children on bay cruise
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I hope you will help me help this time around as well and spread the word to friends and family!
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