Masiphumelele is a township approximately 40 kilometers south of Cape Town. There are about 40,000 people living in a densely crowded area. People are poor, mostly unemployed and uneducated. Ukhanyo Primary School was originally built for 450 pupils and is now accommodating all 1,600 of the township’s children from the ages of 6 through 14. The school is in need of good teachers and equipment.
The items requested in the needs list will improve the training and quality of teachers and ease the need of school equipment. These supplies will also benefit additional education projects in Masiphumele including the library outreach programs.
General School Supplies:
College-Ruled Paper, *Erasers, Markers, Reward Stickers, Post-its, Pastel-Colored A4 Paper, Highlighters, Koki Pens, Retractable Wax Crayons, *Whiteboard Markers (medium thickness)
Laminated Wall Charts:
A4 lamination pouches
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks
Coloring Books, Sticker Books, and Toy Cars
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.