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Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge
Safaris Award 2014, Best Community Focused Property of Tanzania



Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge

If you live in the USA, and would like to bring soccer supplies for the project on this page contact at this link. in partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Pack for a Purpose will send the first 150 people who complete the form with the necessary information 4 free deflated Passback soccer balls with needles to "Pack for a Purpose" on your trip. (Limit one request per address.)


Rhotia Valley is a project completely embedded in the community of Rhotia in Tanzania. It's aim is to give support to the people of the Rhotia area, especially to the children. Rhotia Valley Children's Home is our safe and cosy home for children of the local community for children who don't have family to take proper care of them. We help these children build their future - a promising future!


General School Supplies:
Pens and Small Backpacks

Reference Materials:
(English and Swahili) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

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

Wall Charts:

Text/Reading Books:
(English and Swahili) Age Appropriate Story Books (ages 5 through 18)

Educational Games/Toys:
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, (English) Kids DVDs, Puzzles, Scrabble, Wooden Puzzles, and Toys (No Plastic Puzzles and Plastic Toys)

Music Instruments:
Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Netball/Basketballs, Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer, and Soccer Shoes

New or Gently Used Children's Clothing, Flip-flops, Shoes (sizes 1 to 8), Raincoats, Small Trousers, Warm Slippers, and Warm Sweaters with Hoods for Children (ages 5 through 18)

Art Supplies:
Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Colored Construction Paper, Craft Glue, Glue Sticks, Scissors, Thread, and Watercolor Paints and Brushes

All the needs are current as of December 19, 2014
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 bring for 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 bringing candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.