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visiting the local community/school - bringing donations

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visiting the local community/school - bringing donations

Has anyone visited the local communities and brought small donations to the school?

What have you brought? School supplies? Books? Any experiences or ideas appreciated

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1. Re: visiting the local community/school - bringing donations

I have assisted with the arrangements for many of my clients to visit local communities and bring donations to the schools. The schools really do appreciate ANY donations! Books, pens, crayons, pencils, clothing - anything and everything is appreciated.

Tanya * owner * Africa Direct

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2. Re: visiting the local community/school - bringing donations

There are different school levels and school supplies defer so investigate their needs first.

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3. Re: visiting the local community/school - bringing donations

I have a 2-page list from the Henna Preschool in the Huntington community near the Sabi Sand Reserve.. Everything you might think of that children in a New Jersey kindergarten need - is on that list.

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4. Re: visiting the local community/school - bringing donations

SANITARY PADS for girls, PLEASE. People often overlook this especially if the school is in a remote area.

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5. Re: visiting the local community/school - bringing donations

You could also check out packforapurpose.org/destinations/africa/sout… to see if the lodge you're staying at is listed and if there is anything in particular that they need.

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6. Re: visiting the local community/school - bringing donations

We visited the one in Justicia and brought books and school supplies for a variety of ages. The school supplies including crayons, magic markers, glue sticks, notebooks, colored paper, pencils, pens, etc.

While we were there we noticed that their wall clock was not working and they said they did not have the correct size batteries (and had not for some time). Fortunately, my camera flash used the same type and I had extras. So I would say batteries of a variety of sizes too.

We also had a doctor in our group who brought along first aid supplies/samples which were also greatly appreciated, particularly the band-aids and sterile wipes.

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7. Re: visiting the local community/school - bringing donations

First and foremost, THANK YOU for your kindness and generosity and that of everyone that travels here and gives from their heart.

Here's a slightly different take. As winter approaches it's cold and flu season here. Like everywhere for kids to learn and thrive they need be healthy and well. Parents of kids in villages 10 - 20 miles from the nearest tar road don't have easy access for obtaining children's Tylenol, eye and ear infection drops, & cough syrup. Another very popular preventative are vitamin gummy bears that no one out in rural villages ever see and that really keep kids healthier. The giant jars that sell for a few Diollars at Costco or WalMart go a long long way here and do immeasurable good for kids as they learn at school year round.

If entering the southern Sabi Sands through Newington Gate there are primary & preschool cresches in Justicia that would be grateful for your help. In Mbarula - the village just before Justicia - there is a Canadian built pre school just next to an old church that also houses a community teen choir. Many remember the younger kids & there is also great need at Mbarula High School right on the main road on the way into the gate. Our firm adopted all three learning facilities but there is always more need. Should you wish the e-mail address for the Mbarula High School principal, or the director of the preschools or choir, I'd be happy to pass them along......

When coming into the northern Sabi Sands another pre school is in Dixie village. Chitwa Chitwa Lodge through the Chitwa Trust has quietly and generously built a beautiful new classroom for the littlest kids in this village.

Also in Dixie are a few young teens living with Aids having lost their parents. In a village where running water is scarce, sanitation and hygiene are so important to these kids, who without parents are struggling to stay well. Your caring generosity for these boys and girls makes a huge difference in their quality of life. Any hygiene products such as wet naps, waterless cleaners, Neosporin with topical pain killer, all make life a little easier for some really good kids that struggle hard everyday.

Thanks for reading & especially for thinking of others as you embark on an amazing safari filled with life changing experiences on many levels.

Michael - Owner - Kanyezi Africa Safari

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