Kapama have partnered with a non-profit Organization called Eco Children which benefits Makwetse School in Acornhoek, about 30 km from Kapama. Makwetse School educates 750-800 children from ages 5 through 14 years old.
Eco Children’s empowers children by increasing their awareness of conservation, stimulating their desire to learn, improving their learning environment and quality of education, and providing opportunities for talented learners. Eco Children helps schools develop an Eco-Village with a large vegetable garden, as well as working to improve essential infrastructures such as libraries, kitchens, toilets and school halls plus admin blocks, playgrounds, and a conservation classroom.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, *Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word (for ages 6 through 16 years old)
(English) *Age-Appropriate Story Books (for ages 6 through 16 years old)
*Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Thread, and *Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Chess Sets and *Puzzles
Bars of Soap, Hand Cream, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons
About 40km south of Kapama is Thulamahashe Children’s Home, a safe haven for orphaned and abandoned children from the area. Children range from age 6 through 16 years old, all of whom have either been abandoned or have families who are unable to support them.
Kapama formed a trust, The Thulamahashe Children’s Home Trust, to empower the children through both education and ongoing support.
There is a material aspect to how we add value to these young lives, but we also help out with education, from primary school all the way to tertiary education.
General School Supplies:
Colored Pencils, Crayons, Markers, Pencils, Pens, and Solar Calculators
(English) Number, Word/Reading, and Picture (for ages 6 through 16 years old)
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books (for ages 6 through 16 years old)
Baby Shoes and New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes for Boys and Girls Ages 4 through 17 Years Old
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.