Rainbow of Hope is a place of safety for abused, abandoned and neglected children in South Africa in the Western Cape. We were established in 2007 and attained NPO status in 2009, and PBO status in 2011. Catering for the age group birth to 6 was our first vision, but, due to a Provincial need, it was decided to increase the age to 18 years and also Assisted/Independent Living for those who wish to stay on. Every child who enters through the doors of Rainbow House has the unique opportunity of creating a future for him/herself! The children receive holistic care by way of art, music, swimming, martial arts and counseling.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, *Stationery, and Wide-Ruled Paper
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks and Working Laptops,
Connect Four, Puzzles, and Scrabble
Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Jump ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Plastic Gloves
New Bras, New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, and New Underwear
Non-Perishable Food Items:
Long Life Milk, Oats, Potatoes, Vegetables (Canned), and Water
Foods That Can Be Purchased Locally:
Cheese, Eggs, Long Life Milk, Mayonaise, Oats, Polony, Potatoes, Vegetables, and Water
Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder
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.