A primary school was originally located at the center of Manyara Ranch, where wildlife passes through on a regular basis. It was established for the children of employees on the ranch while this was in private hands.
With the support of AWF and the Annenberg Foundation, a new school, Shule Ya Msingibwen Manyara Ranch Boarding Primary School, was built on the outskirts of the ranch along the road between Makuyuni and Mtu wa Mbu. This has relatively modern facilities and greatly enhanced capacity, now one of the best schools in the area.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
(English and Swahili) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(English and Swahili) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English and Swahili) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English and Swahili) Age Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Solar-Powered Working Laptops
Chess Sets and Puzzles
Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer
New or Gently Used Children’s Shoes
Manyara Ranch Conservancy is a wildlife corridor connecting Tarangire National Park to other wilderness areas. As in all such wildlife areas, these need to be patrolled by guards. These activities are financed by the African Wildlife Foundation and also through visitor payments.
Anti-poaching operations are coordinated by the Honey Guide Foundation, using vehicle and foot patrols with armed rangers, micro-light flights, and teams with trained sniffer-dogs to track poachers. All of these need equipment.
Camping Cutlery, Duffel Bags, Roll Mats, Sleeping Bags, Water Bottles, and Backpacks
Binoculars, Camera Traps, Digital Camera (Small) with Memory Stick, GPS (Handheld), Hand Cuffs, Heat-Detecting Equipment, Night Vision Equipment, Solar-Powereed Working Laptops, and Torches/Flashlights
Antiseptic Ointment, Antiseptic Powder, Bandages for Wounds/Plasters, and Wash or Creams
Boots, Bush Hats, Sneakers/Trainers (New or Gently Used), and Socks
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.