Ithemba services the community of Tokyo Sexwale, Pellsrus, and Ocean View, and houses a creche of 80 children, two grade R classed (in total 40 kids), an after school program where the children are helped with their homework, and extra math and English classes (50 to 60 kids per afternoon).
They are provided one balanced meal per day. We also have a house for abused children and HIV orphans. One of the HIV orphans is deaf and we send him to Worcester to attend the school of the deaf.
We also sponsor 14 kids to attend the local Jeffreys Bay Primary School and Global Leadership Academy.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons (Thin and Thick), and Glue Sticks
(English and Xhosa) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English and Xhosa) Human Body and World Maps
(English and Xhosa) Age Appropriate Story Books
Board and Card Games, Puzzles, Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys, and Twister
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints and Brushes
Cymbals, Drums, Recorders, Tambourines, and Triangles
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
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.