One of our areas of focus is education, especially early childhood education. We are now finishing up construction of our 12th preschool build which will benefit children from a few months old up to age 5. We also support primary and high schools in the nearby communities.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Scientific Calculators, and Solar Calculators
(English) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Colors, Human Body, Language, Math, Numbers, Science, Shapes, and World Maps
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Plastic Building Blocks, Playdough, Puzzles, Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys, and Toys/games that Develop Fine Motor Skills
Cymbals, Flutes, Ocarinas, Rattles, Small Percussion Instruments, Triangles, and Xylophones
Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, and Soccer Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
We have 2 literacy centers/libraries in the nearby communities. One of them is at Mawewe High School, and the other is at Mahlahluvana Primary School. Both centers have laptops, a variety of books, and a knowledgeable staff member to assist others. These centers are accessible to all students as well as members of the community.
Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction (‘How-To Books’; Biographies; Books to Inspire, Educate, Open Minds, Help with Enterprise Development, etc.), Arts and Recreation, Children’s Storybooks, Computer Science and Information, Early Childhood Development, General Works, History and Geography, ‘Learning-to-Read’ Books, Literature, Science, Social Sciences, Technology, Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction, and Young Readers and Teenage Fiction
2016 Atlases, Dictionaries, 2016 Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD, and Thesauruses
We support two houses for 12 orphaned children as well as the Tisanani Batswari Disabled Center, which cares for 23 individuals with various physical and mental disabilities.
General School Supplies:
Notebooks, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Pencils, Pens, and Rulers
Beads for Bead Work, Felt, Glue, Paper, Thread, Watercolor Brushes and Paints, and Scissors
New or Gently Used Children’s and Adult Clothing and Shoes, and New Underwear
Bed Sheets, Light Blankets, and Pillow Cases
Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups and Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas
Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Multivitamin Tablets, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste
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.