Accommodation

    Berluda Farmhouse and Cottages

    Project #1

    Happy Feet Preschool is located in the rural area of Oudtshoorn, in the Little Karoo. The preschool serves about 90 children from newborns through 6 years old who are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend the center. At Vreugdevoetjies (Happy Feet), we provide a safe haven where they receive not only daily meals, but love, care, and education as well. Berluda Farmhouse and Cottages sponsors the children’s transport to and from the creche daily.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, and Wide-Ruled Paper

    Reference Materials:
    (Afrikaans) Dictionaries

    Flash Cards:
    (Afrikaans and English) Alphabet, Math, and Word

    Laminated Wall Charts:
    (English) World Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    (Afrikaans and English) Age-Appropriate Story Books

    Hesperian Health Guides:
    (English) Community Guide to Environmental Health and Disabled Village Children

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Connect Four and Puzzles

    Clothing/Shoes:
    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

    Project #2

    De Jager Primary School located in our community serves about 140 children from ages 7 through 13 years old. These children typically come from very unprivileged homes in the area. Here we also like to extend a helping hand, especially with extracurricular activities like sports and music.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, and Wide-Ruled Paper

    Reference Materials:
    (Afrikaans) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD

    Flash Cards:
    (Afrikaans and English) Alphabet, Math, and Word

    Laminated Wall Charts:
    (English) World Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    (Afrikaans and English) Age-Appropriate Story Books

    Hesperian Health Guides:
    (English) Community Guide to Environmental Health and Disabled Village Children

    Art Supplies:
    Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads, Craft Glue, Fashion Magazines, and Watercolor Paints

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Educational Software, Mobile Phones, and Tablets

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, and Scrabble

    Music Instruments:
    Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Tennis Balls, and Whistles

    Clothing/Shoes:
    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

    First Aid/Health:
    Sanitary Napkins and Tampons

    Office Supplies:
    Markers, Printer Paper, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers

    Gardening:
    Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Spades, and Trowels

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of July 6, 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.