Accommodation

Samara Private Game Reserve

Project #1

Samara Wildlife Volunteer Program (a program designed to give people hands-on experience working on a game reserve) supports Vuyani Safe Haven in Graaff Reinet, a home of safety for children (from babies to teenagers) who have been removed from their homes or off the streets. We bring them out for environmental fun days at Samara, and go help out at the home with maintenance and homework.

The Student Volunteer component of the program serves school children from disadvantaged communities who come and visit Samara as an outdoor classroom. They are taught about the environment and animals.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Book Bags, College-ruled Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, Solar Calculators, and Wide-ruled Paper

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Flash Cards:
(English) Alphabet and Word

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

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

Computer Hardware/Software:
Working Laptops

Educational Games/Toys:
Puzzles and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Art Supplies:
Acrylic Paints and Brushes, Beads for Bead Work, Craft Glue, and Craft Scissors

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Soccer Balls, Tennis Balls, and Whistles

First Aid:
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Plastic Gloves

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

Linens:
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, and Pillows

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

Project #2

Samara Volunteer Programme hosts an annual Christmas Party for the children of Vuyani Safe Haven. This year it will be on December 6th and all guest residents at Samara are invited to participate. We need presents to give to the disadvantaged children in order to provide them a Christmas that all children deserve.

Needs

Educational Games/Toys:
Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys.

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Tennis Balls, and Whistles

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

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

Project #3

The SACT tracking academy, located in Samara, is run by one of only two Master trackers in South Africa. The tracker students observe and learn how to follow animals and interpret their behavior by the signs they leave behind. The tracker students, selected by the Peace Parks Foundation, come from rural areas throughout southern Africa.

Needs

Text/Reading Books:
(English) Books on Animals, Flora, Birds, Grasses, Trees, and Ecology, CD’s on Ecology, and Films on Ecology

Project #4

An Anti-Poaching initiative to help make a difference for our rhinos.

Needs

Field Devices:
Cyber Trackers Juno SB Handheld, Ranger Trail Camera BN059 x 2, Digital Camera (Small) with Memory Stick, Handheld Radios Kenwood TK-278(n) x 2, and R-100 Telemetry Receivers x 2

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of December 5, 2016

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.