Merenga Village is on the edge of the Serengeti National Park and serves 800 children from ages 5 through 13 years old. A vital part of a holistic conservation strategy is ensuring that park-adjacent communities benefit from wildlife, thereby placing a value on it and being motivated to help protect it. This village is remote with only the most basic infrastructure, so any assistance toward the school is greatly appreciated.
General School Supplies:
College-Ruled Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(English, Swahili) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English, Swahili) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English, Swahili) Age-Appropriate Story Books
Badminton Rackets and Cocks, Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, *Soccer Balls, *Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, Volleyball and Net, and *Whistles
Merenga Clinic serves 10,000 people in several surrounding communities in the Serengeti. The clinic is approximately 3 hours from Lamai Serengeti in Merenga Village, where a number of our staff live. Five doctors treat people from surrounding areas and assist in around 30 births every month.
Ace Bandages, *Alcohol Swabs/Wipes, Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’) – Digital, and Gauze
Crepe Bandages, Dressings, *Forceps, and *Surgical Gloves
*Malaria Testing Kits (‘RDTs’ – Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits with Reagent)
*Antibiotics, Antihistamine, Cefalexin, Cefuroxime (any Cephalosporin), Co-Amoxiclav (Augmentin), Flucloxacillin, Hydrocortisone Cream, *Malaria Treatment (Coartem), and Metronidazole (Flagyl)
Specifically for Children:
Umbilical Cord Clips
The Centre of Hope is a community focused project offering a refuge for young girls fleeing from female genital mutilation. Although illegal in Tanzania, FGM is still practiced in some remote villages and as well as being life threatening, causes girls run away from their families and seek help from this centre. The centre works to address their daily needs, ongoing education, and child rights.
General School Supplies:
*Book Bags, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls
*New or Gently Used Young Girls Clothing and Shoes and New Girls Underwear
*Bath Towels, *Bed Linens, *Mosquito Nets and Pillows
Bars of Soap, Multivitamin Tablets, *Sanitary Napkins, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder
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.