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    Project #1

    Windmeul Primary School educates 400 children from ages 6 through 14 years old and is situated in the rural town of Windmeul in the Noorder Agter-Paarl. The school is surrounded by farms on which the learners live and their parents cultivate the lands of the farms. Most parents are illiterate and cannot provide learners with the necessary stimulation at home.

    Project #2

    The Sustainability Institute at Lynedoch has established the Lynedoch Children’s House.More than 65 children attend the Lynedoch Children’s House, a place where imagination and creativity are grounded in a Montessori approach enabling an innate love of learning develop in each child as they are encouraged to develop freely within sensible boundaries. The buildings are designed according to ecological building principles; the children play in natural gardens and participate each day in growing, harvesting and cooking of organic vegetables.

    Project #3

    The non-profit Zandvliet Care Facility is home to more than 150 residents. Most of these are intellectually disabled, while the balance are frail and elderly. Very few receive adequate family support. A daily programme aims to boost the wellbeing and happiness of residents through physical exercises, mental and sensory stimulation, as well as therapeutic activities that reduce frustration and nurture creativity and self-worth.

    Project #4

    The Sustainability Institute at Lynedoch has established a library for the surrounding community, which has been affected by issues including severe alcoholism, fetal alcohol syndrome, high levels of illiteracy and children dropping out of school early.

    The library aims to make reading fun for the more than 300 local children (and their families) and to encourage parents to take books out to read with their children. It also hopes to provide a positive, beautiful and safe space where the wider community can gather

    Project #5

    The Lynedoch Knitting Club provides essential community support to the elderly, including the farm community beyond the Eco-Village. Thanks to the club, grannies, who are often tasked with looking after children, are given an opportunity to indulge in their knitting hobby and get out of the house to connect with fellow community members.

    Project #6

    During the summer heat, the children in the Lynedoch farming community love to cool down in the farm dams and rivers of Stellenbosch. The swimming project aims to change this by teaching 50 primary school learners to swim during the school holidays.

    Project #7

    The Lynedoch United Football Club has 40 young players who meet twice weekly for training. They participate in matches in the Stellenbosch League Football Association over the weekends. The senior soccer team has 23 members, who compete in the Promotional League, managed by SAFA Cape Winelands.

    Project #8

    Operating out of the Community Library in Lynedoch, the Youth Hub provides 20 high school learners with strong academic support so they can complete their schooling. It also provides information on opportunities available to them after high school. Established to create an effective intervention point for school-going youth, it aims to instill a sense of responsibility to self, environment, and community as well as fostering a sense of belonging.

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of May 14, 2024
    Note: Location is approximated. If you see a lodging that is misplaced or missing, please contact us .
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    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.