Simba Portfolio

Project #1

The Rift Valley Children’s Village (RVCV or the Children’s Village) was created in 2003 to provide a loving home and a life of opportunity for orphaned children. The village is located in Oldeani, near the Ngorongoro Crater in northern Tanzania. Today the children lead happy, healthy lives at the RVCV. They receive far more than food, clothing, and shelter. Each child at the RVCV grows up securely knowing that they are loved and that they are an integral part of this unique community. They are not up for adoption, the Children’s Village is their permanent family, nurturing them to become productive citizens and future leaders of Tanzania.

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


General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, and Stickers

Flash Cards:
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word

Art Supplies:
*Acrylic Brushes and Paints, *Beads for Bead Work, *Bead Wire, *Buttons, *Craft Glue, *Craft Scissors, *Fashion Magazines, *Felt, *Pipe Cleaners, and *Watercolor Brushes and Paints

First Aid:
Ace Bandages, Antibiotic Ointment, *Band-Aids, Benadryl, Cough Drops, Day-Quil, Gauze Pads, *Neosporin, Night-Quil, and Plastic Gloves

*Dark or Colored Adult and Children’s Socks

*Bed Linens and *Single/Twin Bed Sheets

Health/Personal Grooming:

Oral Rehydration Salts

Project #2

FAME Medical Advances patient-centered care in rural Tanzania. Their practice results in healthier communities, where individuals from all walks of life have access to quality medical care. The front-line healthcare workers that the practice provides have the resources they need to treat diseases and save lives.

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


General Medical:
Ace Bandages, Bulkee Dressing, Burn Blanket, Hot Water Bottles With Cover, *Gauze Bandage Rolls (Kerlix Brand Preferred) Knee Braces, and Sanitary Napkins

Specialist Equipment:
Laryngoscope and *Nasal Airways (Adult and Pediatric Sizes), *Nasal Cannulas (Adult and Pediatric Sizes), and *Primary IV Tubing Sets

Deaver Retractor 2″ Wide Babcock, *Gynecological and *Surgical Gloves, Long Knife Handle (4-10 adn 4-11), Mayo Table, Surgical Scrubs, and Ribon Retractor (2″wide x 1, 1 1/4 x 1, 13 long)

PDS: 0,1,2, Silk 2/0 (or any Non-absorbable Equivalent for Skin, such as Ethilon), Vicryl 2/0 (or Chromic 2/0), and Vicryl 0 (or Chromic 0)

*Injection Ports (Both Needle and Luer Lock Connections), Prefilled Syringes for Flushing (Normal Saline), and 60 ml Syringe with Nose Tip for NG Tube Insertion

Children’s Chewable Vitamins and *Pre Natal Vitamins

Specifically for Children:
Hats (for Premature Babies) and Pediatric NG (Nasogastric) Feeding Tubes

Reference Materials:
(English) Children’s Books, ESL Resources, Medical Dictionary, Oxford Handbook of Medicine, WHO ‘Hospital Care and Young Adult Novels

Bed Linens and Single/Twin Bed Sheets – Extra Long Hospital (Blue)

Office Supplies:
Markers, Pens, Duct Tape, Led Headlamps, Post-It Notes, and Super Glue

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of December 9, 2018

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.