Many of the supplies on the needs list can be purchased locally, and they are not expensive. If you would like to buy items locally instead please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to check with us what is available locally.
Kazungula Children’s Ark Support Group was started in 2005 to establish a safe and loving environment for around 60 children in Kazungula Village from ages 2 and a half through 6 years old. Children can come learn, play, and feed in a structured and healthy environment. The children follow a learning program that prepares them for Big School when they turn 7 years old. The children’s health is also monitored and measured at a local clinic. The Support Group also has a small library and Youth Centre for children from ages 7 through 15 years old.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, *College-Ruled Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, and *Stationery Supplies
(English) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books and Books for Children and Teens from Ages 2 Through 15
Tablets and Working Laptops
Chess Sets, Scrabble, Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys, and Puzzles
Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, *New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes for Children Ages 2 through 6, and New Underwear
Bath Towels and Light Blankets
Bowls, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Any Kitchen Cutlery and Crockery
Foods That Can Be Purchased Locally:
Meat, Maize Meal, Mabele, Tinned Foods, Milk Powder, Juice Mix, Bread, and Cereals
Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Hair Brushes, Hand Cream, Plastic Gloves, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Craft Scissors, and Watercolor Paints
Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Spades, and Trowel
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.