Bristol Cottages


Make A Difference Now (MAD) is a non-governmental 501(c)(3) organization operating in Kilimanjaro-Tanzania, Africa, serving 22 children from ages 13 through 24 years old. All children are currently in different grades ranging from grades 8 through 13, grade 13 being equivalent to grade 12 (U.S). MAD supports these orphaned and vulnerable children by providing them with quality educational opportunities by sending them to the best private schools, paying for school fees, providing school textbooks, providing school supplies, offering sports therapy programs, clothing and personal items. By the mid of 2016, some students will join college and University.

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


General School Supplies:
Book Bags, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Compasses, Counter Books, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Protractors, and Rulers

Reference Materials:
(English) Atlases and Dictionaries

Text/Reading Books:
Arts Purchased Locally in Tanzania (in English),
Language/Grammar bookd, and Grade 8 through 13 Science

Computer Hardware/Software:
Mobile Phones, Printer Cartridges (HP 121 & 122 Black and Colored), and *Working Laptops

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

First Aid:
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids

*Black leather School Shoes, New Bras, New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, and New Underwear

Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, Mosquito Nets, and Pillows

Health/Personal Grooming:
Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Sanitary Napkins, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

Antibiotics, Folic Acid, and Ibuprofen

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of September 19, 2019

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.