The African Bush Camps Foundation, a registered charity has partnered with the Khwai Community to open a pre-school in the village of Khwai where there is currently no school facility for children of any age. A Pre-school teacher has been trained and over 70 children in the community from the ages 2 through 5 years old have registered to start at the pre-school in 2015. Children will attend the pre-school until they leave for Maun or other larger tows for Primary school at the age of 6 years old.
The community have identified a building suitable for the pre-school and currently we are building play-ground equipment, conducting further training of teachers and gathering pre-school materials such as arts and crafts equipment, educational toys, games and puzzles to set up the pre-school for opening in January 2015.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, and Smart Boards
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books
Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Gage Wire, Thread, Wire Cutters, and Poster Paints
Educational Software, Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, USB Cables, and Working Laptops
Puzzles and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Hose Pipes, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Sprinklers, Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
The Vuche Vuche Basket Weaving Co-operative was created to provide employment for women who were either not employed or only employed on a part time basis. The group now consists of twenty ladies, some of whom are widows who are the sole providers for their families, and others who are taking care of orphaned children or their elderly parents. The materials they use for making the baskets are harvested from the bush around the nearby village of Satau and all dyes used are natural.
General School Supplies:
Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, Scissors, and Counter Books
Point and Shoot Cameras with Batteries
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Craft Scissors, Crochet Hooks, Tape Measures, and Thread
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.