Jacob Basson is a combined school which supports 450 children from ages 5 though 18 years old in the town of Bergsig. Bergsig is in the remote Kunene region of Namibia and provides important primary education to all children in the area.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, 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 Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) World Maps
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books
Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Thread, Watercolor Brushes and Paints, Flip-charts, and Whiteboards
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Mobile Phones, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, Tablets, and Working Laptops
Puzzles and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, Tennis Balls, Whistles,
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Pencils, Pens, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers
Books about Gardening, Gardening Gloves, and Watering Tools
Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder
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.