The Dreike Scholarship Fund (DSF) was founded by Volker and sons, Oli & Marcus, in 2008, with a simple aim – to help young Africans who live near wildlife reserves to enjoy a decent education; allowing them to improve their quality of life and give them the opportunity to fulfil their ambitions and potential. We do this by raising funds for individual students to attend school and university who might otherwise not be able to enjoy the education they deserve.
DSF was born from our combined love of Africa and the joy it has brought to us over the years. When we came to realise that in rural areas people are often prone to poverty and have to compete with wildlife for resources, we also saw that that education was key to a secure future for both people and wildlife. Our scholarships pay for school fees, uniforms, books and other materials. We help children and young people who we feel are most deserving, but who otherwise might not be in able to afford to continue their education.
We are a small, family run charity, registered in the UK – Charity Registration Number 1138760 – and eligible for Gift Aid. We raise funds through individual donations, annual fundraising events and through collaborations with other organisations who share our objectives. With minimal administration and overhead costs, the majority of funds raised go directly to Africa to fund education. To date we have raised over £200,000 towards education in Africa and helped change the lives of more than 80 students in Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania.