The Hide Community Trust supports Chezhou Primary School which is located in the communal areas bordering the Hwange National Park and educates 348 children ages 4 through 14 years old. The country’s socio-economic environment is creating severe educational challenges for the school and the children. We aim to alleviate these challenges and ensure the school children receive a better education through improving access to learning aides, equipment and personal hygiene products.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, *Erasers, *Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, *Pencils, *Pens, Rulers, and *Scientific Calculators
*Re-usable Sanitary Pads
The Shantani Women’s Group comprises of women who have come together to learn new skills. The Hide Community Trust provides the Shantani women with training in conservation farming, craft making, accounting and other income generating initiatives so that they are able to lift themselves out of poverty and provide for their families.
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects: Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, *Crochet Hooks, Earring Hooks, Fabric Scissors, Gage Wire, *Glass Beads for Bead Work, *Sewing Needles, Tape Measures, *Thread, and Wire Cutters
Reading Glasses, Sunglasses, and *Sun Hats
Conservation & Wildlife Fund (CWF) Trust is a collaborative group of concerned and passionate conservationists working together with local stakeholders to ensure the long term viability of Zimbabwe’s wildlife and habitats in the Hwange region of north-west Zimbabwe. The Hide Safaris is one of the founding members of CWF and is based on the Hide’s private concession. The CWF currently employs 11 members to conduct anti-poaching patrols to protect the environment and wildlife.
Mosquito Repellent, Roll Mats, Sleeping Bags, and *Water Bottles
Batteries of All Sizes, Binoculars, Digital Camera (Small) with Memory Stick, GPS (Handheld), Mobile Phones (Old), and *Torches/Flashlights
Antiseptic Ointment/Powder and Bandages for Wounds/Plasters
Bush Hats and Socks
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.