Roving Bushtops Camp


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 800 children from the ages of 5 through 18 years old.

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


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

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

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, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

Hesperian Health Guides:
(English) Where There Is No Doctor, Where There Is No Dentist, Disabled Village Children, Helping Children Who Are Blind, Helping Children Who Are Deaf, Community Guide to Environmental Health, and HIV Health and Your Community

Art Supplies:
Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Earring Hooks, Sewing Needles, Thread, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

Computer Hardware/Software:
Educational Software (For Secondary School Section), Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, and Working Laptops

Educational Games/Toys:
Chess Sets, Puzzles, and Scrabble

Music Instruments:
Recorders and Tambourines

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

New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

First Aid/Health:
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons

Office Supplies:
Markers, *Pencils, *Pens, *Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers

Gardening Supplies:
Books about Gardening

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of May 17, 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.