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Project information

RAISING VENDA: toys for education

Friends of Mutale has been approached by a provincial representative of the Department of Health & Social Development to secure educational toys for over 50 crèches throughout the Venda region of South Africa.

May 2011 - December 2011

Charity information: FRIENDS OF MUTALE

  • Need


    Throughout Venda, there is a dire need for children & educators alike to be provided with toys for educational and fun purposes, as the crèches in this region typically have up to 60 kids in one small room, with only the basics (paper, crayons, broken dolls, tyres) to play with.


    Efforts are underway to organize toy collection centers in the United States & the United Kingdom. Donations of the following items are being accepted: dolls, Legos, large floor puzzles, wooden shape puzzles, balls, jump ropes, building blocks & paint brushes. Likewise, a box that is stocked specifically with educational toys for crèches can be purchased locally for R1590 (£150 ) through a South African charity, the Faranani Trust, which specializes in training rural crèche educators.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Collect educational toys for creches


    » Initiate a toy drive

    What success will look like

    Success will be receiving & distributing over 1,500 educational toys to rural creches

  • Impact


    Toys are instrumental in a child’s intellectual, emotional and social growth. It is incredible to witness their immediate delight and the gleam in their eyes as Legos, stuffed animals and hula hoops are laid before them. Their senses stimulated, the children are encouraged and eager to learn, providing them, during their most formative years, with the motivation and desire to continue learning.


    Securing & shipping the toys from overseas may present the biggest obstacle. To diminish the potential challenges & minimize cost, relationships are being sought with a few freight transporters; such as British Airways & UPS.


    The toy distribution will be captured on camera, with photos and thank you cards sent to donors. Follow-up visits to the creches will be managed by Friends of Mutale and the Department of Health & Social Development, to document the progress made by educators & children alike.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,500 Box of educational toys 50 boxes (£150/box) of educational toys
      £2,500 Shipping Approximate cost of shipping toys from the UK & US to South Africa
  • Background


    Friends of Mutale is based in Bennde Mutale, located in the far northeastern corner of South Africa. A forgotten land, once under the rule of the Venda Homeland, this remote area of the Limpopo province is slowly being drawn into the mainstream life of South Africa once again. The challenges that the children of Bennde Mutale face are many; distances are vast, poverty endemic, the infrastructure basic and transport links, at best, unreliable.


    50 creches within the Venda region of South Africa will benefit from the toy drive. The enrollment at each creche ranges from 25-70 toddlers. Industry is nearly nonexistent within the Venda region; unemployment is high, with most households subsisting on the £20 per month/per child grant that they receive from the national government.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Friends of Mutale has been involved in the Venda region for nearly seven years and officially registered as a charity in 2009. Priding itself on "organic community development', Friends of Mutale seeks and encourages involvement from all members of the communities that we serve.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Vince Mehers

    As founder of FOM, Vince has been accepted as a local within the communities and is instrumental in forming relationships with donors & schools alike.

    Department Of Health & Social Development

    The DHSD will identify & introduce FOM to the creches within the region which have the most acute need for educational toys.


A box of educational toys for crèches

The crèches have up to 60 kids in one small room, with only the basics (paper, crayons, broken dolls, tyres) to play with.

Vince Mehers