Accommodation

    Karen Blixen Camp

    Project

    The Mara United School is a boarding school only a few kilometers from the Karen Blixen Camp. The school has approximately 320 students from ages 4 through 15 years old, from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Parents of many of the children are employed as staff at Karen Blixen Camp. The school is owned and managed by the local community and it is approved by the Ministry of Education and National Environment Management Authority.

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

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Solar Calculators, and Wide-Ruled Paper

    Reference Materials:
    (English) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD

    Flash Cards:
    Alphabet, Math, and Word

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

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) *Age-Appropriate Story Books, General Science, Language/Grammar, and Math

    Hesperian Health Guides:
    (English) Community Guide to Environmental Health, Disabled Village Children, Where There Is No Dentist, Where There Is No Doctor, Helping Children Who Are Blind, Helping Children Who Are Deaf, and HIV Health and Your Community

    Art Supplies:
    Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Earring Hooks, Fashion Magazines, Gage Wire, Sewing Needles, Thread, Watercolor Brushes and Paints, and Wire Cutters

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Printers, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, Tablets, USB Cables, and Working Laptops

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Chess Sets, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, *Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, Tennis Balls, and Whistles

    Clothing/Shoes:
    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

    First Aid/Health:
    Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons

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

    Kitchen:
    Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas

    Gardening:
    Books about Gardening, Cloth Caddy for Small Tools, Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Small Pruning Shears, Spades, and Trowel

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Bars of Soap, Combs, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Multivitamin Tablets, Sanitary Napkins, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of July 6, 2020

    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.