Iliso Care Society is situated in Site C in the township of Khayelitsha. ICS was initiated by Mrs. Vivian Zilo in June of 2005. With the help of four other women, she began providing services to her community
The society started out as a soup kitchen, but expanded to include helping schoolchildren and providing safety and care for orphans and vulnerable children.
Further, the society also organizes workshops for youth and a safe home program.
In addition, an orphanage was established which accommodates four to five children from impoverished families who ask Vivian for support. An early child development teacher educates and cares for the children.
Children are housed for a few months and then sent to foster homes if possible.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, and Rulers
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(English) Human Body, Language, and World Maps
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books
Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, and Soccer Balls
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Plastic Gloves
Aprons for Kitchen and Painting, Hats for Gardening, New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes (We are specifically requesting The Shoe That Grows), and New Underwear
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, and Pillows
Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, and Plastic Serving Plates
Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder
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.