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school or medical donations?

Hello all,

We will be traveling to St. Lucia as part of our South African trip. Does anyone know if the schools or hospitals are in need of supplies? We could bring some in our suitcases.

We will also be in Kruger, the elephant coast south of Durban and the town of Clarens by the Drakensburg mountains.

Thank you!

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1. Re: school or medical donations?

I am sure that many of the rural schools and hospitals would be in are in need of supplies . Just ask your accommodation in advance, many guesthouse/hotels support the local communities.

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2. Re: school or medical donations?

Pencils and sharpeners are good gifts. Don't be timid.. Take a lot.

Oddly, aspirin is expensive in South Africa. But the Dollar Stores in the US sell it for practically nothing per-pill. Stronger pain relief products such as ibuprofen, Aleve - are similarly expensive if available.

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3. Re: school or medical donations?

Cash donations to a legitimate charity are very much appreciated. Then they can buy exactly what they need - bonus is they can buy it locally to support the local economy. Too many needs to list. Especially scholarships or uniforms for girls to go to grade school. It’s not free.

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4. Re: school or medical donations?

I agree with the above advice.. with one caveat. Any charity is, ultimately, the 'middleman'.

One of the Watchdog organizations I use is this one - https://www.charitywatch.org/home.

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5. Re: school or medical donations?

Then there's this: http://www.subzpads.co.za

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6. Re: school or medical donations?

Auntie, I am pleased that you attached the website, sanitary products are very much overlooked.

An acquaintance runs a church charity here in the UK and they have a special bin for sanitary products, people usually only think of donating shampoo, soaps etc.

A friend was a director of a womens' refuge for many years, also in the UK, once again sanitary products were very much required as some of the mothers and children arrive at the refuge with just the clothes they stand in.

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Apart from the dignity aspects, it's a major barrier to girls' advancement, because by all accounts many simply stay hidden at home one week in four - and who can make up that much lost schooling.

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8. Re: school or medical donations?

Attractive storybooks in English and local languages are always a great need for schools and pre-schools as reading levels are low. The government supplies textbooks but hardly any other reading material. It is best to buy them from local booksellers as you will be able to get some in the local languages and even the English books will be more relevant for South African children. You I am sure that residents of St Lucia will be able to tell you about township/rural schools and crèches in the area (these are the most needy). If you take the time to deliver the books in person, the schools will be very excited.

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