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Elsa’s Kopje

Cheli & Peacock are very grateful for the enormous response we have received from our guests bringing supplies to support our community based projects. Their generosity has been overwhelming.

However, it is very important that people Packing for a Purpose stick to the list below. The lists come directly from the Head Teachers of the Primary Schools, highlighting urgent needs. Once these needs have been fulfilled, the lists will be updated accordingly.

If, for whatever reason you are considering bringing any items that are not listed, please check whether or not they are suitable for the rural African communities you are visiting by contacting

Textbooks are also highly needed, but the relevant books are only available in Kenya. If you are interested in donating these instead, contact who has a comprehensive list of what is required.

Synthetic footballs do not last on the rural African pitches which are strewn with stones and thorns. We can by prior arrangement purchase leather footballs and volleyballs on your behalf which are hand-stitched by a sustainable enterprise employing 80 in Kenya. If you are interested contact us at


Ura Gate Primary School serves 350 children from ages 3 through 14 years old.

An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.


General School Supplies:
*Book Bags, *Chalk, *College-Ruled Paper, *Colored Construction Paper, *Colored Pencils, *Compasses, *Crayons, *Dry-Erase Markers, *Erasers, *Glue Sticks, *Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, *Markers, *Pencils, *Pencil Cases/Bags, *Pens, *Protractors, *Rulers, *Solar Calculators, *Solar Lantern Lights, and *Wide-Ruled Paper

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries

Flash Cards:
(English) Alphabet and Word

Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Language, and World Maps

Text/Reading Books:
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books and Language/Grammar

Art Supplies:
Acrylic Paints and Brushes, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, and Watercolor Paints and Brushes

Educational Games/Toys:
Puzzles and Scrabble

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer

New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

First Aid/Health:
Band-Aids and *Sanitary Napkins

Office Supplies:
Markers, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, Scissors, and Solar Calculators

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of November 22, 2015

Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them.

Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.