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    Chumbe Island Coral Park


    Since 1994, Chumbe Island Coral Park has offered one-day field excursions to Chumbe Island to more than 6,400 students, 1,100 teachers and 690 community members through the park’s environmental education program. Most of the students come from local secondary schools.

    The park is a privately managed Marine Protected Area in Zanzibar. The excursions provide hands-on environmental education for schoolchildren and give teachers ideas for how to conduct field-based environmental education in marine biology, forest ecology and environmental protection. For more than a decade, the Chumbe Education Program is the only regular and large-scale program in Tanzania that fills this gap in school curricula.

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


    General School Supplies:
    Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Erasers, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Solar Calculators, and Solar Lantern Lights

    Reference Materials:
    (English) Dictionaries

    Wall Charts:
    (English) *Science, *World Maps, and *Marine Science (Corals, Marine Animals, Oceanography)

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, and Marine Ecology

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Tablets, and Working Laptops

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Soccer Balls, Binoculars, *Life Jackets (age 15-25), *Snorkel Masks, and *Snorkels for Children

    Mosquito Nets

    Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
    Watercolor Brushes and Paints

    Books about Gardening, Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Small Pruning Shears, Spades, and Trowel

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of March 15, 2023
    Note: Location is approximated. If you see a lodging that is misplaced or missing, please contact us .

    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.