Donating Materials

SCAI would greatly appreciate contributions to the following:

Education

Books (new or good quality second hand), educational materials for children, teaching materials for teachers and laptop computers.

Medical

Savlon, headlice treatment, any other goods specialised to western countries that may be of use in a First Aid Kit.

Clothing/Personal

New or good quality second hand clothing and shoes for 3 to 18 years for boys and girls.

Recreation

Sporting equipment - Soccer balls, soccer boots/clothing, volleyballs, basketballs, badminton, table tennis bats/balls, tennis balls, rubber balls, caramboard, other sporting equipment, skipping ropes, hula hoops, kites.

Toys - jigsaw puzzles, board games, cards (uno), dolls, figurines, lego, toy cars etc.  Toys that are safe and can be washed are preferred. Art/craft – can be bought in Nepal or from the $2/Discount dazzler type stores in Australia.

Training Programs


Computing - Desktop computers and laptops, computer training manuals, educational software, anti-virus software, USB sticks, blank DVD’s, mousepads.

Music/Dance/Singing – DVD/CD/MP3 player, speakers, microphone, recording equipment, digital camera, video camera, musical instruments (keyboard, madal, tabla, flutes, guitars, violin – there are Nepalese versions of these which can be bought in Nepal very cheaply)

Thanka painting - oil paints, paintbrushes, metal thanka frames, cloth, thread (these materials can be bought in Nepal relatively cheaply)

Outreach Program – digital cameras, hand held tape recorders for interviews, notebooks, pens, backpacks, folders.

Household

Wooden table/bench sets, metal bunk beds, mattresses, blankets, sheets, pillows, material for curtains, rugs, mats for inside and outside home. Cleaning products, cooking equipment (large pots, cutlery, plates, cups, utensils), gas stoves, gas cylinders (bought in Nepal). Black plastic water tanks (1000l-5000l), buckets, brooms, mops, metal washing bowls. Bookshelves for children’s books and clothing. Metal cupboard for office supplies and first aid, metal filing cabinet for children’s personal and medical files.

Vehicles

Sunrise currently has no vehicle, so the children and youth currently utilize crowded public transport to go to doctor/hospital/other medical treatment (including the disabled), for their Outreach work (1.5-2 hours on local buses each way to main project in the slums), for dance performances at various locations around Kathmandu, for radio and other programs the children are involved in, for picnics and other outings.
Sunrise would love one large bus and one small van for its various needs.

Many of the above listed items can be bought in Nepal for a considerably cheaper rate than in Australia, so if you are visiting, you may like to buy some items in Nepal on arrival. An excess baggage allowance can generally be sought from most airlines to carry things over from Australia, but this should be organized at least a month in advance.

If you wish to donate goods from Australia and are not visiting Nepal, please contact Emma Taylor. We do not recommend posting anything to Nepal as the postal system can be unreliable and parcels sometimes do not arrive, and it is likely the cost to post many items would outweigh their value or cost of buying them in Nepal. Occasionally we are able to get visitors or volunteers to carry donated goods over for us, but we cannot guarantee when or how regularly.

All donations of goods will be examined by a member of the staff prior to distribution to the children. If you have any queries regarding whether something you would like to donate is appropriate or not, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your support !