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Zarafa Camp

Botswana

Accommodation

Zarafa Camp

If you live in the USA, and would like to bring soccer supplies for the project on this page contact Soccer.com at this link. Soccer.com in partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Pack for a Purpose will send the first 150 people who complete the form with the necessary information 4 free deflated Passback soccer balls with needles to "Pack for a Purpose" on your trip. (Limit one request per address.)

Project #1

Gudikwe School Initiative. At present the community projects supported by the Selinda Reserve are concentrated in the five villages to the west of the reserve, Gudikwa, Beetsha, Eretsha, Gonutsuga, and Seronga.

We also support projects in the area around our head office, which is based in Kazungula, near Kasane. We have started with a number of smaller initiatives at Gudikwe. Kea Supang, a previous manager at Motswiri camp, runs the community projects. Kea has been with the company for sixteen years and was an ideal candidate for community project officer.

One initiative is to go to the schools and give copies of the Emmy Award-winning wildlife documentaries made by Great Plains Conservation’s founders and directors Dereck and Beverly Joubert's that have been translated into Setswana. Kea delivers the DVDs and sits with the school children during the viewing to answer any questions that they may have about wildlife.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries

Text/Reading Books:
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Nets (Netball/Basketball and Soccer), Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer

Clothing/Shoes:
Socks (All Sizes)

Project #2

Gudikwe Artist Initiative. Kea has also been teaching the members of the community to produce goods that we can use in the camps and sell in the curio shops. This initiative has really been popular and we have seen some very creative members of the community produce quality products.

Some examples of these are recycled paper made with elephant dung, food nets with beading, artwork, jewelry from beads, and also baskets. We have built a shelter at Gudikwe where the members of the community can offer their goods to passing trade and Kea has been speaking to other lodges in the area to sell products from their curio shops as well. All profits go directly to the artists.

Needs

Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Beads for Bead Work, Crochet Hooks, Knitting Needles, and Wool

All the needs are current as of October 22, 2014
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you bring for them.
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 bringing candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.