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.
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
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) *Human Body, *Language, *Math, *Science, and *World Maps
(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
Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Earring Hooks, Sewing Needles, Thread, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Educational Software (For Secondary School Section), Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, and Working Laptops
Chess Sets, Puzzles, and Scrabble
Recorders and Tambourines
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
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons
Markers, *Pencils, *Pens, *Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers
Books about Gardening
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.