One of our areas of focus is education, especially early childhood education. We are now finishing up our 10th preschool build which will benefit children from a few months old up to age 5. We also support primary and high schools in the nearby communities.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Scientific Calculators, and Solar Calculators
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Colors, Human Body, Language, Math, Numbers, Science, Shapes, and World Maps
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints and Brushes
Blocks, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, and Soccer Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
We have 2 literacy centers/libraries in the nearby communities. One of them is at Mawewe High School, and the other is at Mahlahluvana Primary School. Both centers have laptops, a variety of books, and a knowledgeable staff member to assist others. These centers are accessible to all students as well as members of the community.
Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction (‘How-To Books’; Biographies; Books to Inspire, Educate, Open Minds, Help with Enterprise Development, etc.), Arts and Recreation, Children’s Storybooks, Computer Science and Information, Early Childhood Development, General Works, History and Geography, ‘Learning-to-Read’ Books, Literature, Science, Social Sciences, Technology, Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction, and Young Readers and Teenage Fiction
2016 Atlases, Dictionaries, 2016 Encyclopedias, and Thesauruses
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.