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McGregor Tourism

Project #1

The McGregor Arts Community Project aims to foster an appreciation of visual, performing, and literary arts in the Western Cape village of McGregor. The project wants to use the arts as a means to bring about social integration and community upliftment, contribute to the improvement of the quality of individual lives, address relevant social issues within the community, and encourage local residents to participate and develop their entrepreneurial skills. The Project hopes to provide a platform that identifies, encourages, and promotes artistic talent. The Project will also host regular Arts Festivals in McGregor to bring together the entire community and support tourism and job opportunities.

Needs

Text/Reading Books:
(English and Afrikaans) Age-Appropriate Story Books and Poetry

Music Instruments:
Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones

Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Clothing Catalogs, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Crochet Hooks, Earring Hooks, Fabric Scissors, Fashion Magazines, Gage Wire, Glass Beads for Bead Work, Knitting Needles, Sewing Needles, Sewing Scissors, Sewing Patterns, Tape Measures, Thread, Watercolor Brushes and Paints, Wire Cutters, Wool, and Zippers

Project #2

The Langeberg Youth Arts Project, started by The Mothertongue Project in 2012, provides about 100 children from historically marginalized farms with educational support, life skills, leadership, communication, and entrepreneurial skills mainly through the use of participatory theater and integrated arts methodology. The Project also holds regular awareness raising performances and dialogue groups around issues such as TB, gender violence, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and teenage pregnancy in the region. Through this project, driven by motivated local young men and women, youth and children on farms have developed core life skills and reached their early learning goals.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Glue Sticks, Markers, and Pencils

Computer Hardware/Software:
Educational Software, Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Mobile Phones, Printers, Printer Cartridges, Tablets, and Working Laptops

Clothing/Shoes:
Any Clothing That Could Be Used For Performance Costumes

Art Supplies:
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Fabric Scissors, Tape Measures, Thread, Watercolor Brushes and Paints, Wire Cutters, and Wool

Project #3

Byekorf Creche is a nursery that serves 45 children from ages 18 months through 5 years old. Their focus is on developing the physical, mental, and social development of children by ensuring that children receive quality education and care in a safe environment. They also provide children with healthy and balanced meals and maintain a vegetable garden for the kitchen.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Glue Sticks, Markers, Pencils, and Pencil Cases/Bags

Text/Reading Books:
(English and Afrikaans) Age-Appropriate Story Books

Art Supplies:
Craft Glue

Educational Games/Toys:
Educational Toys for Pre-Schoolers and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Indestructible Plastic Bikes

Clothing/Shoes:
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, Blankets, and Cot Mattress Covers

First Aid/Health:
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids

Kitchen:
Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, and Serving Spoons

Non-Perishable Food Items:
Porridge, Sugar, Peanut Butter, Rice, and Pasta

Health/Personal Grooming:
Band-Aids and Bars of Soap

Project #4

The Breede Centre Trust offers early childhood development, afterschool, and educational programs to children 0 through 18 years old. Their programs encompass emotional, mental, spiritual, moral, physical and social care to enhance the development of children including but not limited to training and parent development. The Centre also facilitates structured skill training and developmental youth programs for those 15 years and older by offering a wide variety of structured skills training in a variety of fields including crafts, hospitality, food security, entrepreneurship, computer skills, customer service, and financial skills.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Wide-Ruled Paper

Flash Cards:
(English and Afrikaans) Alphabet, Math, and Word

Text/Reading Books:
(English and Afrikaans) Age-Appropriate Story Books

Computer Hardware/Software:
Educational Software and Flash Drives/Memory Sticks

Educational Games/Toys:
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Scrabble, Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys, and Puzzles

Music Instruments:
Castanets, Cymbals, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, Tennis Balls, and Whistles

Art Supplies:
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Clothing Catalogs, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Crochet Hooks, Earring Hooks, Fabric Scissors, Fashion Magazines, Gage Wire, Glass Beads for Bead Work, Knitting Needles, Sewing Needles, Sewing Scissors, Sewing Patterns, Tape Measures, Thread, Watercolor Brushes and Paints, Wire Cutters, Wool, and Zippers,

Gardening:
Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Small Pruning Shears, Spades, and Trowel

Project #5

First Step Ballet, was founded in 2014 to give children and youth a focus in their lives by providing this impoverished community with creative and structured after school activities. The project’s vision is to prepare talented dancers for entry into a Ballet school or Performing Arts School once they have completed High School. This preparation involves dance, speech, drama, literature and poetry. Through these classes the students learn a wide variety of life skills and more importantly self-confidence and discipline.

Needs

Clothing/Shoes:
Ballet Skirts, Ballet Shoes, Ballet Socks, Ballet Tights, Hair Bands, Leotards, New Bras, New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, New Underwear, and Track Suits

Health/Personal Grooming:
Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

Art Supplies:
Fashion Magazines

Project #6

The McGregor Young Warriors and Angels Mountain Biking Academy provides youngsters in the village with mountain bike training. The project has expanded so that the youngsters are able to offer bike servicing and repairs to residents and visitors. Some of the Young Warriors are being trained to offer bike-tours through the village.

Needs

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Any Bicycle-Related Equipment, including Bikes, Helmets, Water Bottles, Pumps, and Tire Repair Kits

Clothing/Shoes:
Cycling Gear including Shorts, Shirts, Caps, and Shoes

Linens:
Bath Towels

Health/Personal Grooming:
Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of September 19, 2019

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.

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.