Uthando offers authentic responsible travel experiences involving local community development projects. More than simple township-tours, these experiences are respectful, meaningful, non-invasive, and beneficial to the local communities.
Registered with the National Department of Social Development and as a Public Benefit Organisation, Uthando (meaning love) is a not-for-profit company.
Trans Africa Safaris is proud to be a supporter of this international award-winning, certified Fair Trade in Tourism initiative.
General School Supplies:
*Book Bags, *Chalk, *College-Ruled Paper, *Colored Pencils, *Crayons, *Markers, *Pencils, *Pencil Cases/Bags, *Pens, *Solar Calculators, and *Solar Lantern Lights
*Castanets, *Cymbals, *Guiros, *Harmonicas/Kazoos, *Maracas, *Recorders, *Tambourines, *Triangles, and *Xylophones
Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, and Soccer Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Antibiotic Ointments, Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Plastic Gloves, Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder
*Gardening Gloves, *Hand Fork, *Small Pruning Shears, *Spades, and *Trowel
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.