Ngamo, Ziga, Jakalasi, Kapane, Mpino, Mlevu, and Sipepa Primary Schools are located in Tsholotsho, south of Hwange National Park, one of Zimbabwe’s most prominent tourism destinations. Approximately 2000 children attend these schools, which are all located in rural areas and lack many educational resources.
Jabulani Primary, located outside of Victoria Falls, serves 142 students.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-Ruled Paper
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Earring Hooks, Fashion Magazines, Gage Wire, Sewing Needles, Thread, Watercolor Brushes and Paints, and Wire Cutters
Solar-Powered Working Laptops, Tablets, and *Working Laptops (i5 Processor or Newer)
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, and Scrabble
Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones
Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, Tennis Balls, and Whistles
*New Girl’s Underwear
*Reusable Sanitary Pads
Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers
In conjunction with the Teacher Training Programme run in the villages around Hwange National Park, Children in the Wilderness (CITW) implemented a fantastic new community project – the teaching of knitting and crocheting to mothers, grandmothers, care-givers, and anyone else interested.
As there are no wool shops in the area and funds are limited, we commenced our project using plastic strips from plastic bags, which the local schools in Victoria Falls had collected in an attempt to clean up the town. This also compliments the CITW environmental teachings and recycling initiatives.
The Women’s Knitting Group in Ziga Village is now thriving; they proudly made their own uniforms, which they funded themselves using the proceeds from sales of the items they have made.
CITW Zimbabwe has since been receiving donations of wool, needles, and knitting patterns from some kind USA residents. The women are now knitting jerseys, beanies, and scarves, which they sell in order to get much-needed cash to pay for their children’s school fees. The aim is for the women to knit and sell jerseys for the uniforms at the Wilderness camps in Hwange.
Ziga borders Hwange National Park and, along with all of the villages in the area, suffers from high levels of poverty, unemployment, and human-wildlife conflict.
General School Supplies:
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced
Beads for Bead Work, Button Hole Punches, Clothing Catalogs, Cotton Thread (Of All Colors) Crochet Hooks, Fabric Scissors, Fashion Magazines, Glass Beads for Bead Work, Knitting and Crocheting Patterns, Knitting Needles, Needles, Pinking Shears, Sewing Needles, Sewing Patterns, Sewing Scissors, Tape Measures, Thread, and Wool
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.