If you would prefer us to source some of the items locally, you are able to make a secure online payment on our website - www.bushwaysfoundation.com. Then email firstname.lastname@example.org indicating what items you would like to us to use the funds for, and we will purchase them on your behalf.
Bana Ba Letsatsi provides critical care for vulnerable children and orphans facing a variety of issues such as neglect or abuse. The center provides education, daily meals, clothes, transport, medical care, stationery, and toiletries for up to 250 children. Safari Destinations has partnered with the center for over ten years, providing money for counsellor salaries as well as a bus. For those travelling to Botswana and wanting to make these children feel special, supplies from our needs list would be greatly appreciated.
General School Supplies:
Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, and Pens
Age-Appropriate Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Beads for Bead Work, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, and Watercolor Paints and Paint Brushes
Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer
One of our latest projects is the development and continuous support of a preschool in the Kavimba Village, close to Chobe Elephant Camp. A retired and passionate teacher, named Caroline, is operating her own little preschool underneath a beautiful shady tree in her own backyard in the Kavimba Village. She is teaching more than 30 kids ages 2 through 6 years old with the deep believe that education is the most important thing to give to the young children of this area. Further she is also a day mother for some of them, since they are orphans. When Bush Ways first visited Caroline, we were impressed by her passion and her care for her pupils. It was just great to see how much fun these kids had while practicing writing and reading. To improve the situation and to provide a solid ground for education, Bush Ways, with the help of its supporters, is now aiming to build a preschool for Caroline and her kids and also provide her with all the hardware a school needs to operate on a long-term basis.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, and Rulers
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, and World Maps
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Bananagrams, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Maracas, Tambourines, and Triangles
Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids
Bowls, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, and Serving Spoons
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 take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
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.