The Mirantha Youth Development Project empowers the youth of our local communities through life skills programs. The Mirantha Youth Development Project is a registered non-profit organisation that cares for, and educates, neglected orphans and vulnerable youth, “the forgotten children” in the town of Acornhoek, Mpumalanga. The Project is run by Happiness Lubisi, a champion social worker, who currently supports more than 80 orphans and vulnerable youth from the ages 6 through 16 years old in her community, offering them food, clothes, and emotional relief.
General School Supplies:
*Book Bags, *Chalk, *College-Ruled Paper, *Crayons, *Erasers, *Glue Sticks, *Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, *Markers, *Pencils, *Pencil Cases/Bags, *Pens, *Protractors, *Rulers, *Solar Calculators, and *Wide-Ruled Paper
Age Appropriate Encyclopedia on CDs and Dictionaries
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books
Solar-Powered Working Laptops with Charger, Tablets with Charger, and Working Laptops with Charger
Baby Toys, Chess Sets, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Cymbals, Drums, Recorders, Triangles, and Xylophones
Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls
*Bath Towels, *Bed Linens, *Light Blankets, *Linen Sets, *Mosquito Nets, and *Pillows
Baby Bottles and Spoons, Bowls, Dish Soap, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Cups, and Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas
Non-Perishable Food Items:
Canned Beans, Corn, and Peas
*Antibiotic Ointments, *Band-Aids, *Bibs, *Bars of Soap, *Combs, *Deodorant, *Diapers, *Face Cloths and Masks, *Hand Cream, *Multivitamin Tablets, *Sanitary *Napkins, *Shampoos, *Tampons, *Toothbrushes, *Toothpaste, *Vaseline, and *Washing Powder
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.