Ngoko Safaris supports a community in Intabayengwe village, located 14 km out of Victoria Falls. The communities in this area are dependent on cattle raising and minimal subsistence farming. Children walk a long distance to get to school, with risk of attack by wild animals. Many either do not attend school or drop out.
We provide basic education for around 45 eager children, including vulnerable children and orphans, in the village itself, with plans to expand this further. We also provide adult education classes and teach the mothers’ sewing and craft skills, to enable them to make a living for themselves and support their children.
General School Supplies:
Crayons, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, Staplers and Scissors
(English and Ndebele) Dictionaries, and Encyclopedias
(English, Ndebele, and Shona) Math and Word
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Solar-Powered Working Laptops
Scrabble, and Puzzles
Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Cups and Plates, and Spatulas
Antibiotic Ointments, Band-Aids, Multivitamin Tablets, and Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced
Beads for Bead Work, Crochet Hooks, Earring Hooks, Glass Beads for Bead Work, Knitting Needles, Sewing Needles, Sewing Patterns, Tape Measures, Thread, and Wire Cutters
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.