PURE Award for Community Engagement 2015

Little Makalolo Camp

Project #1

Mpindo, Kapane, and Ziga primary schools serve 580 children from ages 5 through 13 years old. The Jabulani School in Victoria Falls serves 193 children from ages 4 through 12 years old.

An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.


General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Permanent Markers, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Flash Cards:
(English) Math and Word

Wall Charts:
(English) Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

Text/Reading Books:
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

Art Supplies:
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

Educational Games/Toys:
Puzzles and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Computer Hardware/Software:
*Cells Phones (that have been factory reset and unlocked), Tablets, and *Working Laptops (nothing before i5 processor)

Music Instruments:
Recorders and Xylophones

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls

New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes (We are specifically requesting The Shoe That Grows) and New Underwear (Preferably for Girls)

First Aid/Health:
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids

Project #2

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.

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.


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

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of July 19, 2019

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.

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.