Accommodation

    Mwagusi Safari Camp

    If you live in the USA, and would like to take a suitcase of medical supplies selected specifically for the medical project below, please contact oc@njt.net. We are pleased to partner with OC Not Just Tourists to provide useful and requested medical supplies for clinics and hospitals across the globe. Your only expense will be the cost of shipping from California to your residence in the USA. If you choose to do this, you will make a Big Impact!
    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.

    Needs

    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

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

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

    Kitchen:
    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
    Projects:

    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.

    Needs

    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

    Clothing/Shoes:
    Shoelaces and Thread for Sewing Clothes

    Linens:
    Bath Towels and Light Blankets

    Kitchen:
    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.

    Needs

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

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

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

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

    Kitchen:
    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

    Gardening:
    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.

    Needs

    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

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

    Sutures:
    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)

    Syringes:
    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

    Medications:
    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

    Linens:
    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 October 19, 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.