Juniors to Visit Botshabelo in Africa – Donations Needed

The Junior Class will be departing for South Africa on June 18th. One of the communities they want to visit, gift and serve is  Botshabelo. The community lives literally on a subsistence level and is asking for some basic necessities of life: soap, tooothbrushes and toothpaste, baby products, etc. The full list is printed below.
People can bring donations to SN’s classroom or individual classes can collect first and then bring things to SN’s within the next two weeks. I think most of us have some of these items at home and could easily give what we have. It would be awesome for the MMS community to engage in a full school service project that could help children in need, who have nothing but each other.
Botshabelo, founded by Marion and Con Cloete in 1990, is dedicated to improving the lives of the economically challenged, especially children who have been orphaned by or exposed to HIV/AIDS. Using the traditional African village (and its inherent ubuntu values of cooperation and joint responsibility) as a model, the community works together to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope, safety, education and sustainable growth to all residents.


Botshabelo Community Needs
Good Laptop Computer as a server for e-granary (Full library on a hard drive for the school)Money to purchase e-granary (approx $1000)
Ink for our printers HP cartridge  (cost is half here what it cost there):
HP no. 21 / 22 – $32ea
HP no 701  – $19ea
HP 121A (C9700A) BLACK TONER CARTRIDGE  $92. = Rand 644.
Samsung. Clx-3185fw (CLT-K4075s).
Gestetner Dsm415p
e- studio 16s ink

Waterproof sheets for bed wetters
Stationery: Pens/pencils/colored pens and pencils/ art supplies, Paper/note books/ notepads
Clothing and shoes – Ages 1 – 18
Babies: cloth nappies, water proofs,nappy clips


Contact: Leigh Ann Clifton, director of marketing & communications,


Nestled among the redwoods on 380 acres, Mount Madonna School (MMS) is a diverse learning community dedicated to creative, intellectual, and ethical growth. MMS supports its students in becoming caring, self-aware, discerning and articulate individuals; and believes a fulfilling life includes personal accomplishments, meaningful relationships and service to society. The program, accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), emphasizes academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development. Located on Summit Road between Gilroy and Watsonville. Founded in 1979.

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