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.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, and Glue Sticks
(English and Zulu) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Human Body and World Maps
Age Appropriate Story Books
Bananagrams, Connect Four, Puzzles, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
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
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints and Brushes
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.