Masuwe Primary School is located in the village of Woodlands situated on the border of Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve within the Hwange district. The school serves approximately 150 children from ages of 5 through 14 years old. Situated in rural Zimbabwe, the school has no electricity and learners study by candle light in the evenings in order to pass their subjects. With limited infrastructure, the children share their classrooms with the schools livestock and still with all their restrictions the spirit amongst the teachers and children is sensational.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, 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) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Netball/Basketballs and Soccer Balls
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons
Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers
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.