Mwagusi Safari Camp

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Pack for a Purpose does not condone visiting orphanages, as this can often lead to negative impacts on children. The accommodation or tour company working with the orphanage will deliver the supplies in a coordinated and respectful way so that the children can benefit from them. Your generosity is not diminished because you do not interact with the children.

Project #1

The orphan center supported by Mwagusi Safari Camp is one of the many projects supported by the Foxes Community and Wildlife Conservation Trust (FCWCT).

The FCWCT is a grassroots initiative of the Fox Family. This NGO aims to provide shelter, sustenance, education, and medical care to the increasing number of orphans and foster families in the Mufindi District of Tanzania.

As a result of HIV/AIDS, many children are left orphaned, or worse: left to care and provide for their sick parents, grandparents, and siblings. To date, the NGO has built and staffed six orphanage dormitories, with plans to expand the orphan’s center to 60 beds and refurbish educational facilities. The NGO also aims to provide outreach services in local villages to AIDS orphans and construct a Counseling and Treatment Center to treat HIV/AIDS patients. Other projects include upgrading a local dispensary to a full-service hospital so those in the area don’t have to travel over 50 kilometers to the nearest hospital.


School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD

Flash Cards:
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word

Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

Text/Reading Books:
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

Computer Hardware/Software:
Educational Software, Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printers, Printer Cartridges, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, USB Cables, and Working Laptops

Educational Games/Toys:
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Music Instruments:
Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls

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

Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas

Health/Personal Grooming:
Antibiotic Ointments, Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Plastic Gloves, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community-Produced

Craft Scissors and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

Project #2

The Kindergarten Village Outreach Program currently has two pre-school classes (ages 8 months through 1.5 years and 1.5 through 3 years) and two Kindergarten classes (ages 3 through 8 years) on-site.

The teaching style is based on the Montessori-philosophy of child-directed learning. School curriculum uses culturally appropriate, independent activities that are organized into Montessori’s Five Sections of the Classroom: Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, and Culture and Science.


General School Supplies:
Printing Paper, Laminating Paper, Finger Paints, Folders, Binders, Staplers, Staples, Hole Puncher, Rubber Bands, Paper Clips, Thumb Tacks, Permanent Markers, Blue Tack, Velcro, Correction Fluid, Tracing Paper, and Notebooks for Teachers

Shoelaces and Thread for Sewing Clothes

Bath Towels and Light Blankets

Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Buckets 20L, Buckets 10L, Water Filters, Brooms, Mops, Sponges for Cleaning, Trash Cans, and Clocks

Health/Personal Grooming:
Family Soap and Powdered Soap

Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community-Produced Projects:
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Fabric Scissors, Gage Wire, Glass Beads for Bead Work, Knitting Needles, Sewing Scissors, Tape Measures, Wool, Thin Wire, Card Stock (Assorted Colors), and Clipboards

Project #3

The Igoda Children’s Village is a happy, thriving community. Today, there are 6 Children’s Houses, each with their own “House Parent” to create a familial environment. Currently, ICV provides care for 50 children, from infants to 17 years of age.

Each house has a Mother who cares for her children, feeds and supports them creating the boundaries of behaviour and discipline expected in any household. The children attend the village school, are expected to do chores at the house before playing with their friends from the village.


Educational Games/Toys:
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, and Jump Ropes

New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing, New or Gently Used Children’s Shoes, and New Underwear

Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, Mosquito Nets, and Pillows

Bowls, Pans, Plastic serving bowls, Plastic serving cups, Plastic serving plates, Pots, Serving spoons, and Spatulas

Health/Personal Grooming:
Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

Books about Gardening, Cloth Caddy for Small Tools, Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Small Pruning Shears, Spades, and Trowel

Art Supplies:
Buttons, Sewing Needles, and Thread

Project #4

Mdabulo Health Facility is located in the Mufindi District, in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. Mdabulo is the only Health Center for over 40,000 people.

The community surrounding the facility is acutely affected by the HIV pandemic, with an overal prevalence of 35%! This has meant that its citizens have had to work with the challenge of the spread of many infectious diseases.

Through a partnership with regional and local government, FCWC (Foxes’ NGO) has aimed to provide increasingly resourceful health care to the area.


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

Specialist Equipment:
Fetal Doppler, Laryngoscope, Opthalmoscope, Otoscope, Oxygen Concentrator, Pediatric Laryngoscope, Slit-Lamp, Stethoscope, and USS Doppler and Probe

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

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, 20 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, Aspirin, Asprin (Low-Dose), Burn Cream, Cefalexin, Cefuroxime (any Cephalosporin), Co-Amoxiclav (Augmentin), Cough Treatments, Ear Drops, Eye Drops, First Aid Spray, Flucloxacillin, Folic Acid, Hydrocortisone Cream, Ibuprofen, Magnesium Sulfate Paste, Malaria Treatment (Coartem), Metronidazole (Flagyl), Oral Rehydration Salts, Paracetamol, Permethrin (Scabies Cream), Vitamins, and Zinc Tablets

Specifically for Children:
Baby Blankets, Baby Oil, Baby Powder, Baby Soap, Cannulas (Particularly Pediatric Cannulas and Giving Set), Child O2 Sat Probes, Cloth Diapers and Clips, Foepostoscope (Fetoscope), Hats (for Premature Babies), Infant Formula Milk (Seal intact), Neonatal O2 Sat Probes, Newborn Clothes (Very Useful), Pediatric NG (Nasogastric) Feeding Tubes, Pulse Oximeter, Umbilical Cord Clips, and Weighing Scales

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

Bed Linens, Pillows, and Towels

Office Supplies:
Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers

Support Equipment:
Kerosene Lanterns, Small Solar Panels, and Solar Lantern Lights

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of May 29, 2020

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.

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.