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ZuluWaters Game Reserve

South Africa

Accommodation

ZuluWaters Game Reserve

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

The Dalton Education Trust was founded by ZuluWaters Game Reserve and registered as an NPO in 2008 as a way to give back to the surrounding communities of Dalton Bridge, Ezindikini, and Mhubheni. It has a specific focus on Early Childhood Development, and provides an intervention that addresses the current needs of the community, while also investing in the future of the area's children.

A network of Early Childhood Educators have been trained by LETCEE in preschool education and PEISA in psychomotor education and provides the children in the program with the skills necessary for later life, particularly focusing on non-violent communication.

Two centers for early education have been established: the Sakhithemba Resource Center in Dalton Bridge and the Siyazama Center for Early Education in Ezindikini, which was completed in November 2012.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, and Glue Sticks

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

Wall Charts:
Human Body and World Maps

Text/Reading Books:
Age Appropriate Story Books

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

Music Instruments:
Cymbals, Drums, Recorders, Tambourines, and Triangles

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls

Clothing/Shoes:
New or Gently Used Children's Clothing and Shoes

Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints and Brushes

All the needs are current as of October 24, 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.