The Oyster Box


Statistics reveal that over 5.2 million children in South Africa are parentless (UNICEF 2007) and more than 12,000 children are being orphaned every month.

It is against this background that Lungisisa Indlela Village (LIV) has launched an initiative to help deal with this challenge and leave a legacy for future generations.

To date, 38 environmentally-friendly homes are now completed, with 28 house mothers and 80 previously-vulnerable and orphaned children in residence.

Emphasis is being placed on a level of excellence in education. Margo Reid (former Durban Girls College and Umhlanga College Headmistress) is leading the LIV School.

The Junior and Senior Primary School are established, as well as the Creche, with the most dedicated, talented teachers guiding and instructing our children.


General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

Reference Materials:
(English and Zulu) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

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

Wall Charts:
(English and Zulu) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

Text/Reading Books:
(English, Zulu, and Afrikaans) Age Appropriate Story Books and Language/Grammar

Art Supplies:
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

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

Music Instruments:
Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, 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, and Tennis Balls

New Bras, New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, and New Underwear

Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, Mosquito Nets, and Pillows

Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas

Health/Personal Grooming:
Antibiotic Ointments, Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Plastic Gloves, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

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.