Baraa Primary School is a government primary school in the Moshono area of Arusha, located within walking distance of Machweo. Together with the iThemba Foundation, Machweo believes in supporting the communities’ development through raising its academic standards.
The school serves almost 2000 students, from ages 5 through 18 years old (the older students are part of the school’s MEMKWA programme for those who were never offered an education or those who had to drop out of school at a young age for a myriad of reasons). Baraa Primary School runs a full program of extracurricular classes such as dance, drumming and singing, arts and crafts and sports. We have volunteer teachers from around the world working within all of our departments as well as Baraa’s unique SEN (Special Educational Needs students) unit.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Pencils, and Pens
(English) Alphabet and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, and Science
(English) *Age-Appropriate Story Books, *Health, *Language/Grammar
Hesperian Health Guides:
(English) Community Guide to Environmental Health,
Disabled Village Children, Helping Children Who Are Blind Helping Children Who Are Deaf, HIV Health and Your Community, Where There Is No Doctor, and Where There Is No Dentist
*Acrylic Brushes and Paints, *Craft Glue, and *Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, Tablets, USB Cables, and Working Laptops
Chess Sets and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Cymbals, Tambourines, and Xylophones
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, Tennis Balls
*New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
*Antibiotic Ointment, *Band-Aids, and *Sanitary Napkins
Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, and Staplers
Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas
Books about Gardening, Cloth Caddy for Small Tools, Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Small Pruning Shears, Spades, and Trowel
Foods That Can Be Purchased Locally:
Any fresh vegetables or fruit that can be used in our lunches
*Bars of Soap, *Deodorant, *Hand Cream, *Multivitamin Tablets, *Plastic Gloves, *Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths, *Toothbrushes, *Toothpaste, *Vaseline, and *Washing Powder
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.