Accommodation

Blyde River Canyon Lodge

Project #1

The Ekurhuleni Orphan and Vulnerable Children’s Center serves 300 children from ages 2 through 16 years old.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Flash Cards:
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word

Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

Text/Reading Books:
(English) General Science, Health, and Math

Educational Games/Toys:
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Art Supplies:
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints and Brushes

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls

First Aid/Health:
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Plastic Gloves

Clothing/Shoes:
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes and New Underwear

Linens:
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, Mosquito Nets, and Pillows

Kitchen:
Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas

Health/Personal Grooming:
Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

Gardening Supplies:
Garden Bio Trash Bags and Gardening Tools

Project #2

Zingela Ulwazi establishes libraries in rural South African communities and produces children’s books in indigenous languages. They also connect children with nature to inform their storytelling and to improve conservation practice.

They collaborate with organizations focused on literacy, conservation, and inspired self-reliance. They want to ensure that this generation of South Africans has access to what they need to be healthy, active, and engaged citizens, creating positive futures.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, and Pens

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Flash Cards:
(English) Alphabet

Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

Educational Games/Toys:
Chess Sets, Puzzles, and Scrabble

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of September 29, 2016

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 take 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 taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.