Accommodation

Mara Plains Camp

Project #1

Endoinyo Erinka Primary was built by the Olare Orok & Motorogi Conservancy Trust and aims to become a school of excellence. The school has recently built a library and is in need of books to fill it. They are looking for stimulating and educational material that can be used by all of the children, rather than individual items, because it is impossible to choose which children will receive these. The school serves 525 children from ages 2 through 18 years old.

In 2014, we will be offering guests the chance to teach a class of their choice to the higher years of children at this school. Recommended topics include art and crafts, show-and-tell about your home country, or any other subject of your choice. The children do speak some English, and there will be a teacher on hand to translate if necessary. The students will be over the moon to have foreign subjects and inspiration in their classes. Please bring with you any props you may need. For example, if coming from Australia, you could bring cork hats, postcards of kangaroos and koala bears, a boomerang, coins and notes (just for show), a map, etc. Or if you would like to play football (soccer) or other games with the children, that can also be arranged.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Craft Scissors, Crayons, Glue Sticks, Notebooks, and Solar Calculators

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Flash Cards:
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word

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

Text/Reading Books:
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books, Africa-Related (such as History, Folklore, Medicine, Politics and others), Art, Biology, Drawing, General Science, Health, ‘How-To’ topics (such as Beading, Carpentry, Sewing, Quilting, and others), Land Management, Language/Grammar, Math, Nature, Recycling and Sustainability, and National Geographic Magazines (new or old copies on conservation theme)

Computer Hardware/Software:
Working Laptops and Digital Cameras

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Soccer Balls

Health/Personal Grooming:
Ruby Cups, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons

Project #2

Women in the Mara are working hard to build a beading cooperative. Mostly, they need help with designs and imaginative, smart materials that they can incorporate into their work. If you are skilled in needlework or any craft, please bring supplies with you to teach the women how to make new things. Mara Plains is also sponsoring adult literacy classes for these women.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Chalk, Erasers, Notebooks, Pencils, Washable Crayons (to help map designs onto fabric)

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries

Flash Cards:
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word

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

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

Clothing:
Plain Clothing or Accessories (that the women can bead and sell)

Health/Personal Grooming:
Sanitary Napkins and Tampons

Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Earring Hooks, Gage Wire, Needles, Sewing Scissors, Sewing Patterns, Tape Measures, Thread, Wire Cutters, and Zippers

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of September 27, 2016

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.