African Community Outreach supports hundreds of families, visiting with them in their homes, providing food, providing medical care, and helping to get children into schools.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Crayons, Erasers, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Gauze
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing
Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, and Face Towels
Bars of Soap, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste
The Fold benefits children from ages 4 through 15 years old from the area of Vaalwater where by families are unable to provide for their children financially, physically and/or emotionally. We also provide an education here on the premises.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, and Solar Lantern Lights
(English) Dictionaries, and Age Appropriate Encyclopedia on CD
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books
Hesperian Health Guides:
Acrylic Paints and Paint Brushes, Beads for Bead Work, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Watercolor Paints and Paint Brushes
Frisbees, Jump ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Whistles
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Plastic Gloves
New Bras, New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, New Underwear
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, Mosquito Nets, and Pillows
Bowls, Pans, Plastic serving bowls, cups, and serving plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas
Non-Perishable Food Items:
Biscuits, Chips, Canned Vegetables, Juice, and Long Life Milk
Foods That Can Be Purchased Locally: see above
Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder
Antibiotics, Folic Acid, and Ibuprofen
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. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
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.