Project Luangwa has constructed and built infrastructure for 14 schools, which Flatdogs supports. The schoosl benefit over 4000 students from the ages of 11 through 24 years old. Flatdogs aims to provide better numeracy through our four Edulution centers. The menstrual hygiene program has supported thousands of young women with safe, clean and washable sanitary products and education. The sponsorship program supports around 150 children through secondary education each year, and 25 students through tertiary.
Our 20 gender support clubs across five chiefdoms inspire, support and empower hundreds of young men and women, and help to break down barriers of inequality.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, College-Ruled Paper, Compasses, Dry-Erase Markers, Pencils, Pens, Protractors, Solar Calculators, and Solar Lantern Lights
(English) Age Appropriate Encyclopedia on CD and Dictionaries
(English) Alphabet and Word
Hesperian Health Guides:
Disabled Village Children
Solar-Powered Working Laptops and USB Cables
Chess Sets and Scrabble
Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer
Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths
Chiyembekezo Pre-school was set up entirely by the local people for orphaned and vulnerable children. The founders (Kelvin, Harold, Rachel from Flatdogs and other local businessmen) were concerned by the number of children not attending school. With their own funds they hired a teacher and started a school in a small house. The school has grown enormously, now providing for 50 children from the ages of 4 through 6 years old. Flatdogs provides monetary funds to pay the teacher’s salary, buy uniforms for the children, and help with any other needs.
Flatdogs’ guests have assisted with the building of a church hall that the kids now learn and play in. The school is now looking for its own premises, which our guests and our Directors, are personally contributing towards.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, and Pencils
Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Puzzles and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Recorders and Tambourines
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Conservation South Luangwa is a registered charity which supports and trains local village scouts to conduct snare patrols, anti-poaching patrols and respond to reports of illegal activity both inside and outside the National Park. Since they first started their conservation work in the Luangwa valley, the CSL team has grown to 66 trained scouts, 5 detection dogs, a pilot, a full time vet and 11 support staff. They work in conjunction with the Department of National Parks & Wildlife to reduce wildlife poaching and poisoning in the South Luangwa, the trafficking of animals and also in wildlife rescue.
Binoculars, Digital Camera (Small) with Memory Stick, Digital Watches, Mobile Phones (Old), and Solar-Powered Working Laptops
Sneakers/Trainers (New or Gently Used)
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.