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
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.