Rugarika Primary School is a three-hour walk from the closest main road at Red Rock, and a 40-minute drive on a rough road in a 4-wheeler. Its school enrollment is 300 girls and 200 boys, which is a rare ratio in Africa.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English) Language and World Maps
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books and Language/Grammar
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Solar-Powered Working Laptops
Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Harmonicas/Kazoos, Recorders, Tambourines, and Xylophones
Frisbees and Soccer Balls
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids
These are a remarkable group of 20 basket-weavers working together to provide for their families. The products are beautifully crafted with a variety of bright designs.
These weavers have a unique style and will sit with travelers to show them how to do the weaving. They also teach a local children’s group to make sure the art form does not become lost in the future generations.
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Packets of Colored Dye to Use for Baskets
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.