Children in the Wilderness run a number of projects with Nanthomba and Chihame primary schools located in rural communities. Children from ages 12 through 15 participate as club members and run their projects after school hours. The main projects are environmental conservation projects and stay-in-school projects.
Environmental projects include learning and taking part in the reforestation activities by raising over 20,000 seedlings to distribute free to the local communities. This project aims at solving the problem of degradation and training the children to be responsible leaders and citizens.
Stay-in-school projects encourage children to work hard in school and overcome challenges that make many of them drop out. Common challenges to staying in school include a lack of proper school clothes and school supplies.
General School Supplies:
*Book Bags, *Chalk, *College-Ruled Paper, *Colored Construction Paper, *Colored Pencils, *Compasses, *Crayons, *Dry-Erase Markers, *Erasers, *Glue Sticks, *Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, *Markers, *Pencils, *Pencil Cases/Bags, *Pens, *Protractors, *Rulers, *Solar Calculators, *Solar Lantern Lights, and *Wide-Ruled Paper
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Hesperian Health Guides:
(English) Where There Is No Doctor, Where There Is No Dentist, Community Guide to Environmental Health, and HIV Health and Your Community
Sewing Needles, Thread, Watercolor Paints and Brushes
Solar-Powered Working Laptops
*Frisbees, *Inflation Pumps, *Jump Ropes, *Netball/Basketballs, *Soccer Balls, *Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer, *Tennis Balls, and *Whistles
*New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Markers, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers
Books about Gardening, Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Small Pruning Shears, Spades, and Trowel
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.