Accommodation

Somalisa Camp, Somalisa Acacia & Somalisa Expeditions

Project #1

Through its registered charity, African Bush Camps Foundation, Somalisa Camp supports schools and education in the Dete area.

Currently, it mainly supports Hwange Main Camp Primary School, a school of 130 students with 33 orphans and vulnerable children, and Mambanje Primary School, a very remote school of 140 students with 90 orphans and vulnerable children.

The foundation provides all of the orphans and vulnerable children with their school fees and provides Mambanje primary School with an additional full time teacher and assists by providing stationary, textbooks, and sports equipment.

The foundation also assists with general fundraising, environmental and health awareness events, and sporting events. It also sponsors 24 students in High School with scholarships to boarding schools and provides a further 2 scholarships to 2 students who graduated from the Main Camp Primary School and went through the high school scholarship program.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Geometry Sets, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Mathematics Sets, Pencils, Pens, and Solar Calculators

Reference Materials:
(English) Atlases and Encyclopedias

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

Text/Reading Books:
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books

Art Supplies:
Acrylic Brushes and Paints and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

Computer Hardware/Software:
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks and Working Laptops

Educational Games/Toys:
Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Inflation Pumps, Netball/Basketballs, New or Used Sports Equipment, Soccer Balls, Volleyballs, and Volleyball Nets

Clothing/Shoes:
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes (particularly Athletic Shoes) and Nursery School-Sized Clothes and Shoes

Project #2

The Thandanani Sewing Project and the Vukani Group are income-generating projects in the Dete area. The Vukani Group has a beading and jewelry project where they make jewelry from recycled magazines.
We also hold sporting events which bring together all of the 17 villages in the area to spread community spirit. We use these events also as a platform to educate the community about poaching, environmental awareness, and health.

We also hold sporting events which bring together all of the 17 villages in the area to spread community spirit. We use these events also as a platform to educate the community about poaching, environmental awareness, and health.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Glue Sticks and Rulers

Gardening Supplies:
Organic and Bio-Dynamic Vegetable Seeds – Contact Us.

Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Earring Hooks, Fashion Magazines, Gage Wire, Glass Beads for Bead Work, Knitting Needles, Sewing Needles, Sewing Scissors, Tape Measures, Thread, and Wire Cutters

All the needs are current as of November 17, 2017

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.