Mangrove Lodge

    Many of the supplies that are needed can be purchased locally, such as school uniforms, school bags, paper, books, pencils, medicine, and food. If you are interested in buying locally, please contact us at and we will be happy to make arrangements with you.


    The dispensary of the village of Chuini, located in Zanzibar, Tanzania, was built for primary level assistance for up to 15,000 citizens in the area. The dispensary has just recently received a gynecologist for pregnancy assistance, delivery and family planning. The government is interested in having a working dispensary but has little to provide equipment, medication and medical items. Donations to the clinic help locals in the community to visit the dispensary for prevention, maternity care, and testing.


    General Medical:
    Ace Bandages, Band-Aids, Blood Pressure Cuff – Digital, Blood Sugar Machines and Strips, Cannulas, First-Aid Kits, Gauze, Giving Sets, Hot Pack, Ice/Cold Pack, Needles, Oxygen Tubing, Pen-Torches / Flashlights, Respiratory Masks, Sanitary Napkins, Scissors, Small Scissors, Spacers for Asthmatic Patients, Tampons, Thermometers (Digital), Tongue Depressors, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Tweezers, Urinary Catheter, and Urine Dipsticks

    Specialist Equipment:
    Fetal Doppler, Laryngoscope, Opthalmoscope, Otoscope, Pediatric Laryngoscope, Slit-Lamp, and Stethoscope

    Crepe Bandages, Dressings, Forceps, Needle Holders, Plaster of Paris, Speculum, Surgical Gloves, and Surgical Scrubs

    Nylon 1, Silk 2/0 (or any non-absorbable equivalent for skin, such as Ethilon), Vicryl 2/0 (or Chromic 2/0), Vicryl 1, and Vicryl 0 (or Chromic 0)

    5 ml Syringes, 10 ml Syringes, and 50 ml Syringes

    Testing Kits:
    Malaria Testing Kits (RDTs – Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits with reagent), and Pregnancy Testing Kits

    Albuterol Inhalers, Alcohol Gel, Antibacterial Ointment, Antibiotics, Anti- Diarrhea Medication, Antifungal Cream, Antihistamine, Burn Cream, Cefalexin, Co-Amoxiclav (Augmentin), Cough Treatments, Ear Drops, Eye Drops, First Aid Spray, Flucloxacillin, Hydrocortisone Cream, Ibuprofen, Magnesium Sulfate Paste, Paracetamol, Vitamins, and Zinc Tablets

    Specifically for Children:
    Baby Blankets, Baby Powder, Baby Soap, Cannulas (particularly pediatric cannulas and giving set), Cloth Diapers and Clips, Hats (for premature babies), Foepostoscope, Infant Formula Milk (must be in date and seal intact), Newborn Clothes (very useful), Pediatric NG (Nasogastric) Feeding Tubes, Pulse Oximeter, and Umbilical Cord Clips

    Reference Materials:
    (English) Medical Dictionary, Oxford Handbook of Medicine, and WHO ‘Hospital Care for Children’ Book

    Bed Linens and Towels

    Office Supplies:
    Markers, Pencils, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pens, Scissors, and Staplers

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of May 14, 2024
    Note: Location is approximated. If you see a lodging that is misplaced or missing, please contact us .
    Mangrove Lodge

    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.