Soweto Backpackers Youth Club offers the children in our area with a meaningful way to spend spare time after school and on weekends. In our park, right in front of the Backpackers, the children can play in a green and safe area where they can express and enjoy themselves. We offer soccer skills training, art and fun hours, educational field trips, Saturday school, and reading sessions.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, Crayons, Erasers, and Pencils
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Coloring Book, Connect Four, LEGOs, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Cones, Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Soccer Boots (UK sizes 1 through 8), Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls
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.