PURE Award for Community Engagement 2015

Desert Rhino Camp


Warmquelle Primary School is a small boarding primary school which supports 600 children from ages 6 through 16 years old of which 550 live in the hostel. It is in the remote Kunene region of Namibia and provides important primary education to all children in the area. The classes accommodate 35 children each and the school has 20 teachers and 15 institutional workers. The school recently won first place for the regional science club and has a CITW Eco-Club at the school that is engaged in a gardening project. The games enjoyed by learners are soccer, netball, and volleyball.


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

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD

Flash Cards:
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word

Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) World Maps

Text/Reading Books:
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books

Art Supplies:
Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Thread, Watercolor Brushes and Paints, Flip-charts, and Whiteboards

Computer Hardware/Software:
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Mobile Phones, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, Tablets, and Working Laptops

Educational Games/Toys:
Puzzles and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
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

Office Supplies:
Pencils, Pens, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers

Books about Gardening, Gardening Gloves, and Watering Tools

Health/Personal Grooming:
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

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of March 19, 2020

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.

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.