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    Mantis Epic Hotel and Suites


    Mirama Primary School is located in Mirama Village close to the town of Nyagatare in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. It is a government-assisted school that educates 1250 children from ages 6 through 15 years old and has a staff of 19 teachers.
    The school provides free education for children from the local area with the aim of them progressing to secondary school.

    Currently, Mantis Epic Hotel and Suites provides a nutritious lunch for the pupils on the last Wednesday of the month and hopes to raise sponsorship so that this can be increased.

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


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

    Reference Materials:
    (English and Kinyarwanda) Dictionaries

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

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

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English and Kinyarwanda) Age-Appropriate Story Books, General Science, Health, and Math

    Art Supplies:
    Acrylic Paints and Paint Brushes, Craft Glue and Scissors, Sewing Needles and Thread

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Mobile Phones, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, Tablets, and Working Laptops

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, and Puzzles

    Music Instruments:
    Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones

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

    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

    First Aid/Health:
    Band-Aids and Sanitary Napkins

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

    Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates and Serving Spoons

    Foods That Can Be Purchased Locally:
    Beans, Cassava, Fresh Fruit, Rice, and Vegetables

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

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of June 5, 2023

    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.