The Stella Maris Primary School was built to provide an English-medium education to the poor, orphaned, or at-risk children of the Mailisita Village area. The school also provides nutrition to the children. It currently serves 300 children from ages 5 through 12 years old.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Glue Sticks, Markers, Pencils, Pens, and Rulers
(English) Alphabet and Math
(English) Human Body and Language
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books, Language/Grammar, and Math
Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints
Bananagrams, Connect Four, Puzzles, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, and Soccer Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes and New Underwear
The Kilimanjaro Porter Clothing/Gear Project supports Kilimanjaro porters carrying enormous loads up the mountain while wearing clothing that is torn and inadequate for the extremely cold temperatures. Samba Treks pays its porters generously, but most climbing companies do not.
We encourage all of our clients for Mount Kilimanjaro climbs or safaris to bring new or gently used gear to be donated/distributed to these porters. Their meager salaries do not allow them to purchase hiking gear because it is very expensive locally.
Hats, Hand Warmers, Hiking Boots, Gently Used Hiking Clothing (Not Cotton), Gloves, Fleece Jackets/Pants/Hats, New Synthetic or Wool Hiking Socks, Rain Jackets, and Rain Pants
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.