The Rwandan Orphans Project (ROP) is located in Kigali, Rwanda, East Africa. ROP cares for around 165 children and young people ages 4 through 18 years old in Rwanda. The ROP is a residential home for children who were previously homeless or living in bad conditions. ROP offers full care and support to these children while they try to trace their families.
They also support an additional 50 children to live within their families, by paying for tuition, school supplies and transportation costs, and sometimes other help, depending on the individual need. The ROP also provides free schooling to an additional 60 boys and girls from poor families in their local community.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pens, Solar Calculators, and Solar Lantern Lights
(English) Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Maps
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English and French) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English and French) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Math, Nature, and Science & History
Hesperian Health Guides:
(English) Where There Is No Doctor, and Where There Is No Dentist
Educational Software, Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, National Geographic or BBC Nature Documentary DVD’s, Printers, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, Tablets, USB Cables, and Working Laptops
Board Games, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Lego, Marbles, Playing Cards, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Toy Cars
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer, Tennis Balls, Tennis Racquets, Volleyballs, and Whistles
Antibiotic Ointment and Plastic Gloves
Belts, New or Gently Used Children’s Shoes, New Underwear, Shirts, Shorts, Socks, Sweatshirts, Trousers (to fit children ages 4 through 18 years old)
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, and Mosquito Nets
Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Cups, and Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas
Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Multivitamin Tablets, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder
Anti-allergy tablets, Antibiotics, Antiseptic cream, Anti-fungal Cream, Anti-scabies Cream, Bandages, Eye Drops, Fever Reducer (particularly children’s varieties), Gauze, Hand Sanitizer, Ibuprofen, Malaria, Medical Gloves, Oral Rehydration Salts, Painkillers, Treatment (Coartem), Throat Lozenges, Vitamin Pills, and Wound Coverings
Books about Gardening
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.