The White Shark Project – The Recycle Swop Shop. This is an empowerment initiative for children in Gansbaai. The aim is to clean up the community, teach environmental awareness, and to help provide in the basic needs of children. The children of Masakhane Township in Gansbaai collect bottles, tins, plastics, and other recyclables and bring them in bags to the White Shark Swop-Shop. In return, they earn buying points that they spend in the shop.
The shop carries only worthwhile stock such as school supplies, simple clothing, and toiletries. In November 2008 White Shark Projects was also awarded the prestigious National SA Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards in the category Best Single Resource Waste Management Programme.
General School Supplies:
Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Pencils, Pens, and Solar Calculators
Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
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.