The remote Eretsha Primary School, supporting approximately 270 schoolchildren, is on the edge of the north eastern Okavango Delta, where access to basic educational supplies is limited.
Following a meeting with village elders, community members, and the local school, a lack of education and educational material was identified as a priority.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, *College-Ruled Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, *Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, *Pens, *Rulers, *Solar Calculators, and Solar Lantern Lights
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.