St. John’s Primary School was started by Josiah Munyutu in 2002 with the aim of helping the orphans, street children and the poor. It now has over 400 students from the ages of 6 through 14 years old. The school’s goal is to renovate every classroom in the school to create a better environment for learning. Kibera is Africa’s largest slum and most residents live in extreme poverty, earning less than $1.00 per day. There are few schools, and most people cannot afford education for their children.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Lantern Lights
Age Appropriate Encyclopedia on CD and Dictionaries
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
Human Body, Language, Math, and Science
Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, and General Science
Acrylic Paints and Craft Glue
Solar-Powered Working Laptops, Tablets, and Working Laptops
Jump Ropes and Soccer Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons
Bars of Soap
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. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
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.