The Amakhala Foundation assists with community and conservation projects in its immediate surroundings. It supports and manages an environmental education program aimed at local primary and nearby high schools.
It also assists the Isipho HIV/AIDS Haven, which provides material and psycho-social support to 400 children. The foundation manages a craft center where local people sell crafted goods, mainly fabric and beaded crafts.
General School Supplies:
Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(English) Human Body and Math
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books and General Science
Puzzles and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Beads for Bead Work, Small Pieces of Felt, Thread, Watercolor Brushes and Paints, and Wire Cutters
Inflation Pumps, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing (particularly winter clothes) and Shoes
Bars of Soap and Multivitamin Tablets
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.