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:
Solar Lantern Lights

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

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

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

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

New Bras, *New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and *Shoes (sizes 1 to 8), New Underwear, Warm Sweaters with Hoods for Children, Raincoats, Small Trousers, and Warm Slippers

Linen Sets

Health/Personal Grooming:

Antibiotics, Folic Acid, and Malaria Treatment (Coartem)

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

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of July 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.