Safaris Award 2014, Best Community Focused Property of Tanzania

Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge


Rhotia Valley is a project completely embedded in the community of Rhotia in Tanzania. Its aim is to give support to the people of the Rhotia area, especially to the children. Rhotia Valley Children’s Home is our safe and cosy home for children of the local community for children who don’t have family to take proper care of them. We help over 400 children build their future–a promising future!

An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.


General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Solar Calculators, and Solar Lantern Lights

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

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

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

Computer Hardware/Software:
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Mobile Phones, Tablets, USB Cables, and Working Laptops

Educational Games/Toys:
Puzzles and Scrabble

First Aid:
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Malarone, and Plastic Gloves

New Bras, New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and *Shoes (ages 10-19, shoes preferably black), and New Underwear

Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, and Linen Sets

Bamboo Cups, Bowls, and Plates

Health/Personal Grooming:
Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

Antibiotics, Folic Acid, Ibuprofen, Malaria Treatment (Coartem), Oral Rehydration Salts, and Malarone

Books about Gardening and Gardening Gloves

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of September 19, 2019

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.