PURE Award for Community Engagement 2015

Serra Cafema


Marienfluss Mobile School is a small primary school that offers grade 1 through 4, which supports 60 children from ages 6 through 11 years old and has 3 teachers. It is situated in the Marienfluss Conservancy. In the country’s far North lies the 303 400-hectare (749 641-acre) Marienfluss Conservancy. The school offers a unique education approach tailored to the cultural and tribal needs of the nomadic Himba people of the Kunene region. Over the years the school has achieved considerable progress as well as acceptance by the local communities and the demand for education has increased considerably resulting in permanent infrastructure.


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.