Windmeul Primary School educates children from ages 7 through 13 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.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
Puzzles and Scrabble
Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, and Soccer Balls
Ebenhaeser Home for the Aged is a retirement home for the elderly in Cloetesville, Stellenbosch. Their maximum capacity is 150 people and they currently care for 134 residents. Their main goal is to accommodate the underprivileged and neglected elderly in their community. A large number of residents are former farm workers.
Light Blankets and Linen Sets
Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste
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.
Children’s Storybooks, ‘Learning-to-Read’ Books, and Young Readers and Teenage Fiction
(Current) Atlases, Encyclopedias, and Thesauruses
Hesperian Health Guides:
(English) A Book for Midwives, A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities, Community Guide to Environmental Health, Disabled Village Children, Health Actions for Women, Helping Children Who Are Blind, Helping Children Who Are Deaf, Helping Health Workers Learn, HIV Health and Your Community, Where There Is No Dentist, Where There Is No Doctor, Where Women Have No Doctor, and Workers’ Guide to Health and Safety
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.
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, and Pillows
Bowls, Pans, Pots, and Serving Spoons
Bars of Soap, Combs, Hair Brushes, Hand Cream, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects: Knitting Needles and Wool
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.