The work of the Sibusiso Centre is concentrated on children from birth through 18 years old who are mentally disabled. A number of these children are also physically disabled.
Admission to the Centre is for a maximum six-month period, and afterwards families and schools are visited on a regular basis to monitor children’s growth and wellbeing at home and in the community.
Although Sibusiso is happy to receive the toys requested below, they’ve pointed out that their children treat toys slightly different than children without a disabilities. Toys must be high quality to meet the needs of these children.
Baby Plastic Spoons with Easy Grip, Colored (Baby) Toys of Soft/Hard Plastic, Craft Paints, Educational Wooden Toys, Fidget Toys, Furry Toys, Inflatable Toys for the Older Children, Plastic Bricks, Sensory Toys, Small Balls, and Wooden Bricks
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.