The schools are near Liwonde National Park, south eastern Malawi. The schools work in partnership with Children in the Wilderness (A Wilderness Safaris’ outreach program for children in environmental education and leadership). The children from the schools mentioned here have Eco-Clubs where children learn about wildlife and conservation. They also get access to free educational entry into the Park and learn about wildlife and natural environment. The items below are the supplies which the Eco-Clubs and their teachers need to run the Eco-Clubs effectively.
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, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-Ruled Pape,
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Biology and General Science
Hesperian Health Guides:
(English) Where There Is No Doctor
Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Earring Hooks, Sewing Needles, Thread, Watercolor Paints, and Wire Cutters
Mobile Phones, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, Tablets, USB Cables, Working Laptops, and Microsoft Window 10
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, Tennis Balls, and Whistles
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers
Books about Gardening, Cloth Caddy for Small Tools, 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.