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Children of Fire Wishlist June/July 2013

Children of Fire Contact Details
Phone: 011 726 6529
Physical address: 58 Auckland Avenue, Auckland Park, Johannesburg
Postal address: P O Box 1048, Auckland Park, 2006

Volunteers Needed
Someone to arrange cloth, sewing and printing of new-style Disaster Recovery Bags specifically for babies left destitute in fires; in different colour to existing bag design (maybe in yellow). We will pack them with different contents for adults and/or family bags.

Italian translations needed for reports on DRC outreach as this will use Italian medical staff.

Someone to persuade City Power to give us a three-phase electrical supply (cost about R27,000 otherwise – we have R5k towards it!)

Vocational training for teenagers who will not get a good matric (or a matric at all) in skilled gardening, sewing, plumbing, electrician's helper, motor mechanics, etc. Ideally at least a three month placement with board and lodging included.

Someone to repair four bicycles; ensure that the bicycles are maintained on a regular basis and provide three-in-one oil. Sponsorship of more bicycles for burned children to take home when they return to their families.

Someone from e.g. the Johannesburg Chess Club to come in and teach on four consecutive Friday or Saturday afternoons.

An excellent pro bono human rights lawyer to help Nthabiseng (17)

Specific requests from our children currently in our care
A small PA system (if we perform a safety play in front of the whole school rather than 2-3 classes, and outside the school building, it would make it work much better) and clip-on microphones. Likely to be quite expensive and to need insurance.

Long johns for boys and girls aged 4 years to 20 years old;
Woolly tights for girls aged 4 to 20. Ten pairs of fingerless gloves

Plain red socks or plain blue socks, all sizes. We have the biggest possible collection of odd socks, so ones with pictures and designs don't work. If they are all good-quality-red (so as not to colour the washing pink!) then one or two lost socks will still mean other socks can be paired with the orphaned footwear 

Two pairs plain black school trousers for a sturdy 14 year old boy.
Two plain white long-sleeve school shirts for a 14 year old boy.
Two plain short-sleeved white school shirts for a 14 year old boy.
One pair black lace-up shoes size 9
One pair soccer boots size 9
One rugby helmet for burned teen with hole in his skull.
One pair shin pads for cricket.

Full body swimming costumes for little-to-large people shy of body scars (we care for burns survivors aged 4 months to 27 years old, only two are overweight but they come in all shapes and sizes). Good second hand swimming costumes are ok.

Alarm Clocks
Sturdy alarm clocks with batteries for 15 children, different colours.

Six digital decoders for house, cottages and sister-charity the school

A TV that plays DVDs or videos all as one unit – maybe someone has a second hand one out there? And a remote control for it.

MP3 players (R300 each) for school pupils to be able to download stories from

A DVD copy of "My Left Foot"

A left-handed guitar

A DVD or video copy of 1981 Sydney Pollack film Absence of Malice.

Wii Shimano Extreme Fishing and rod controller R500; non-violent Wii games

Solar powered candle – Night Light PO Box 18314 Dowerglen 1612 Johannesburg – cost about R280 each. (on Twitter etc). OR the better Pharox/ Lemnis ceiling light and also the solar-powered light with cellphone charger.

For our camping trips/climbing expeditions
Energizer rechargeable lanterns – American licence, made in China, sold in South Africa – wish the employment and profits were African but they aren't. Sold in Makro for about R280.

Four Camping stretcher beds were cR250 each via Makro – four slot-in legs, canvas base.

20 Swiss Army pocketknives or multi-tools for hiking teenagers e.g. from Cutlery Dist Group 011 786 4834 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

A digital camera e.g. Nikon Coolpix S30 Waterproof (R900)

Disposable cameras and cost of processing film at Kodak Norwood.

Lightweight waterproof jackets for all sizes (above age 4)

Twenty good quality rucksack-type bags/travel bags, without the zip on the top – it lets rain soak in for kids who have to walk through the rain. e.g. the Outdoor Warehouse Karimoor day packs at R450 each. Just buying one or two would help us to start.

Headlamps (second hand is ok) for burned kids who do serious mountain climbing.

Special Requests
Ten large strong umbrellas (golf day freebies or company branding is fine)

Swimming pool toys sturdy enough that they don't get broken on the first day!

Speaking phones, solar-powered, for different disabled teenagers x 20. Vodafone VF 247. Cost about R330 each (October 2010 prices). Or other brands if they can work in the same way.

Four metal storage trunks

Shweshwe bangles for the girls

Crabtree &Evelyn Tarroco orange body lotion – specific request from little burned girls who visited Sandton City and thought it smelled delicious!

A waterproof table-tennis table cover with weighted corners (Sportsman warehouse, Germiston, might have one)

30 lined exercise books

30 squared paper mathematics exercise books

20 sacks of "pre-school sand" for the sandpit; repainting sandpit wall.

Whiteboard markers (not permanent markers)

Sponsoring extra-murals for the children
Weekly Piano lessons + Guitar lessons for children cost about R150/hour

Karate lessons for kids. R300 a month
Karate suits for boys and girls aged 10 to 12 years old. Approx R300.

Twelve driving lessons for a young adult burns survivor cost R2000 (from July 2013)

The chance for a child to get a drumming session with a band.

Ballet lessons

Sponsor treats for the kids
Transport, food and entrance costs for a trip where 11 children and three adults will learn how to fish, in June 2013 estimate: R1900

Treat for the next outing: 16-30 packs of Fairview Mini Cheese Board – South African cheeses and biscuits that make an easy and interesting lunch.

Transport to/ from Pretoria for an outing in July 2013, with packed lunches for 16 people. Cost about R1800+ for transport component.

R200 a week transport for a burned teen with damaged hip to attend high school.

Accommodation for 20+ children in Cape Town in October 2013.

R400 each for five childrens' passports.

Return air flight for one adult (est. R11500 as needs flexible return date) and two burned children under 12 years old (each est cost R9500), to go to the UK and cost of UK visas for all three of them.

Six Day London Pass for three burned children, two burned adults and one accompanying adult at 156 pounds per adult (with travel) and at 72 pounds per child (without travel). See:

Return air flight for two researchers to fly from Johannesburg to Kinshasa, DRC, to prepare for surgical outreach there (to later operate on 100 children). Payable to Inyoni Travel.

Good dog food for the kids' elderly much-loved large dog.

Good-quality VERY strong-plastic cheerful-coloured household buckets

Large bottles of Woodoc to treat too-dry internal wood

Automatic washing machine powder 1kg to 20kg

Lavatory paper

A very long pole with a swimming pool net on it, to collect leaves.

Hand washing powder – for our use – and little packets for Disaster Recovery Bags that we give to families that survive fires.

Mosquito repellent

A very tall step ladder (3.5metres) so that we can safely reach our gutters and highest lights.

A satellite phone for travelling in remoter regions of Africa

A candle snuffer and a candle-wick trimmer

Floor mats to place in front of lavatories.

House brooms (with strong handles) x 2. House mops x 2.

Tin openers to add to Disaster Recovery Bags (for fire survivors to open food tins)

Saucepans for Disaster Recovery Bags

Breakfast cereal, especially OatsoEasy packages with fruit pieces in

Filter coffee for hardworking volunteers (some help seven days a week, unpaid).

Coffee / tea sweeteners; Fruity-flavoured Twining teas.

Healthy snacks – cereal bars, nuts-n-raisins, sultanas, dried apricots etc.

Bottles of Vanilla, Lemon and other flavours of Innesense Rooibos – no artificial colours or flavours or preservatives in a "healthy" soft drink. (Available in PicknPay, manufactured by Chill Beverages in Stellenbosch).

Money for operating theatre gases, sutures, gauzes, swabs, needles, painkillers, etc for complicated series of operations for African children from outside South Africa. A single operation can cost R80, 000.

Money for surgery for South African children failed by the state system who now need surgery in the private sector or overseas.

Scleral shells for two children who have lost the use of an eye due to burns – est. cost R16000 each.

Thin Zinc Oxide scar management tape (not plasters).

Sterile Sere-med oval 65 x 95mm eye pads to protect the eyes of children with burns faces tel: 011 262-2220 at R5 each – or a box of fifty of them (cheaper by the box).

Avacar scalp vein sets 23G and 26G Butterfly Needles; saline packets for expander injection.

Antiseptic wipes for door handles, fridge handles, taps to keep infections to a minimum.

Tissue expander for Thapelo and Nsizwa. Cost c.R4000 each

Linen-savers (plastic-backed paper-tissue to put on beds to protect sheets from seeping wounds) – source through a pharmacy.

Ten packets of (12) Malanil anti malaria tablets, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (preferably in date til 2017)

Medlemon for children and for grownups; Corenza C; Berocca

Bathroom-type weighing scales to accurately weigh children. Not a scale that needs batteries.

Sponsorship for rubella vaccine (it is not provided by the SA government any more); also for Menomune (four strains of meningitis vaccine) for older children and volunteers deemed to be at risk.

The human papilloma virus vaccine e.g. Gardasil and Cervarix to protect female burns survivors against the two HPV types that cause cervical cancers and head and neck cancers and HPV induced oral cancers. Not available in South Africa's state system but routinely given in the USA, to 13-17 year old girls in the UK, and elsewhere overseas. - cite_note-7#cite_note-7
Costs about R1500 total per child for all three doses.

Circumcision surgery for boys.

De-worming tablets for 40 children, 20 adults and one dog every six months.

Annual vaccinations for one dog.

Dictionaries & Books
Italian-French dictionaries

An up-to-date law dictionary.

A French medical dictionary

Annotated anatomical drawings in French, to be able to better interpret medical notes for burned children from North and Central Africa.

Up to date English medical dictionary

Christopher Lloyd's history of the planet in pictures was £17.50 from any one who can get it from (Type in "Friends" at checkout and a donation goes to Friends of the Earth at the time of purchase.

March 13, 1989 issue of the New Yorker Magazine for the article The Journalist and the Murderer.

Up-to-date Consumer guides to prescription medicines

Book that some of our kids might relate to: Children of the Fire [Paperback]
Harriette Gillem Robinet (Author) – US$6 From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-- The Chicago fire of 1871 is seen as an adventure by 11-year-old Hallelujah. However, as she wanders the streets meeting the rich and poor of all races and religions dispossessed by the fire, she realizes that people's similarities are stronger than their differences. Hallelujah's maturation comes slowly and believably.

African story books to inspire our kids

Second hand or new children's story books for squatter camp reading scheme

Health & Safety Advisor published by Fleet Street Publications tel 0861 114 365

For the office
Windows 8 Pro. (R700)

Tomtom est. cost R1300 x two

The salary for a full time personal assistant for a year.

The salary of a social worker for a year.

The salary of a brilliant Occupational Therapist for a year.

Money for teacher's salaries for our sister charity

Printing, Paper & Ink
Printing of new charity leaflets.

One to 20 reams of A4 paper ... and ink cartridges for laser printer

Samsung CLIM407S Magenta Laser toner cost about R600
Samsung CLIM407S Yellow Laser toner cost about R600
Samsung CLIM407S Cyan Laser toner cost about R600
Samsung CLIM407S Black Laser toner cost about R580

Makro gift vouchers

A weekly subscription to The Observer newspaper for a year, for good international news, world-awareness and to show our children good writing.

An annual pass for TimeOnLine (was £75) for world news in UK's The Times.

Two weatherproof garden doors and someone skilled to fit them.

Corrugated iron roof repairs and waterproofing

Someone to plaster and repair brickwork around power box in wall and then paint.

A professional painting firm to treat and paint the (large) exterior wall. And paint.

Someone to treat the wood of the window and door frames to prevent further deterioration. Beading for wooden windows (cottage pane).

PLASTERING to exterior walls (and in future to interior walls after damp sorted)

Paving stones to be purchased and laid with a proper sand foundation, where the kids bicycle riding has cracked existing too-thin paving.

A strong rack of purpose-made metal hooks for swimming costumes, put up high on the changing room wall.

More benches and outdoor tables for House and School sites.

Varnish for existing benches and someone to varnish them.

A skilled maintenance man for two days every month. School swing repaired. Two broken windows repaired. Frank Nel charges about R700 a day + extra for materials.

A damp expert – working with a landscaping/ drainage expert.

A dry rot expert for the house

Timers for four geysers and a competent electrician/plumber to install them.

Geyser covers/ jackets

Installing a fire detector sprinkler system in the house

An innovative solution to prevent table tennis balls bouncing off the terrace (architect or skilled handyman could solve with shade cloth and something to fix it to).

For the Garden
A honeysuckle plant, compost and advice on planting.

Garden shears and garden clippers, toughest quality that doesn't rust or break easily.

Hollyhock plants

Small flowering Autumn plants

Six scented rosebushes and compost and someone to plant them (NOT in plant pots as people forget to water them)

A twice-a-week garden service on Fri / Sat / Sun or Mon

Please Note:
There is also a Please Don't List on of things that are not wanted, please. Do not buy any substantial item please without checking whether we already have it. Tel: 011 726 6529 Money is usually more useful as it allows us to choose suppliers, unless the donor is itself the pharmaceutical company, the leaflet printer etc. If you would like to donate money go to and click on the Paypal logo on the right hand side.
Non-Profit Organisation Number: 006-702
Public Benefit Organisation Number: 930039054
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Trust Number: IT 12180/98