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    The Cavern


    The Khanyisela Project and Royal Drakensberg Primary School: We believe that the only way to make a real contribution to our community is through education. We support 17 pre-schools in the Amazizi Village.We support these schools through teacher training, helping with educational resources, maintenance and each child receives a bowl of porridge daily.

    In addition to the pre-school project, we have helped establish an independent school just 500 meters from the Cavern, The Royal Drakensberg Primary School. Our vision is to to contribute towards the transformation of rural communities through the provision of holistic and quality foundation phase education.

    Conditions in these rural areas are poor and the teachers lack resources and infrastructure.

    An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.


    General School Supplies:
    Chalk, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Glue Sticks, and Pencils

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English and Isizulu) *Age-Appropriate Story Books (Particularly Board Books for Preschoolers)

    Art Supplies:
    Craft Glue and Craft Scissors

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Jump Ropes, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls

    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

    Office Supplies:

    Health/Personal Grooming:

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of October 1, 2022
    Note: Location is approximated. If you see a lodging that is misplaced or missing, please contact us .

    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.