The Mazele Community Preschool is not far from Royal Zambezi Lodge, which is located in a village called Chiawa. Lawrence, a safari guide at the lodge, was raised in and attended primary school in this village.
During his time as a child, the village did not have a middle school or a high school and therefore he moved to a small town near Lusaka to complete his secondary education.
Lawrence then joined the lodge and worked his way up to successfully becoming a safari guide. He felt that without a preschool in his village, children would not get the important foundation of an education.
Finally, Lawrence found a guest who offered him the opportunity he had been waiting for: the financial support to aid the construction of the school. The school was completed in 2010 and consists of two classrooms, two teachers, and 45 children so far; however it is Lawrence’s wish to expand the school and increase the number of children attending.
By bringing supplies from the needs list below, guests can help him do this.
General School Supplies:
Colored Pencils, Crayons, Glue Sticks, Pencils, Pens, and Rulers
(English) Human Body, Language, Science, and World Maps
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints
Connect Four and Puzzles
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, and Soccer Balls
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.
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.