The Motshabaesi Primary School serves 234 children from ages 6 through 14 years old in the Obakeng Village. Most of these children come from very poor families, and do not stay with parents but with guardians (grandparents, aunts and uncles or members of the community). Many of these parents/ guardians are unemployed.
Motshabaesi Primary consists of four classrooms and a couple of temporary container classrooms that host between 30 and 50 learners each. There is no administrative equipment (which they are in desperate need of), or library.
General School Supplies:
*Chalk, *Colored *Construction Paper, *Colored Pencils, *Crayons, *Erasers, *Glue Sticks, *Handheld *Pencil Sharpeners, *Markers, *Pencils, *Pencil Cases/Bags, *Pens, and *Rulers
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English) Human Body, Language, and Science
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books, Health, and Language/Grammar
Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Educational Software, *Photo Copy Machine, *Printers and Working Laptops
Bananagrams and Puzzles
Castanets, Cymbals, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Tambourines, and Triangles
*Inflation Pumps, *Jump Ropes, *Netball/Basketballs, *Soccer Balls, *Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer, and *Tennis Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Antibiotic Ointment, and Band-Aids
Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, and Staplers
Books about Gardening, Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, and Spades
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.