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.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Compasses, Counter Books, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Protractors, and Rulers
(English) Atlases and Dictionaries
Arts Purchased Locally in Tanzania (in English),
Language/Grammar bookd, and Grade 8 through 13 Science
Mobile Phones, Printer Cartridges (HP 121 & 122 Black and Colored), and *Working Laptops
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer
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
Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Sanitary Napkins, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder
Antibiotics, Folic Acid, and Ibuprofen
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.