Robanda Primary School and Robanda Secondary School are located just outside of the Serengeti National Park and are accessible through the Fort Ikoma Gate on the North West of the park. Both schools are run by the Tanzanian government, and although they do get help from the government through the ministry of education, this is not adequate. Thus, help from outside is often necessary to supplement the government efforts to provide quality education. The supplies benefit the children from the Ikoma community, the predominant tribe in the area. The schools serve 894 children from the ages of 5 through 18 years old.
Visits to the schools are usually possible. To see if a visit is possible during your stay, contact your travel agent or the camp directly.
General School Supplies:
*Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, *Flip Chart, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, *Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators, and Wide-Ruled Paper
(English and Kiswahili) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD
(English and Kiswahili) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English and Kiswahili) Human Body and World Maps
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, and Working Laptops
Chess Sets and Scrabble
Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Whistles
*Manila Paper, Markers, Pencils, *Pens, *Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers
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.