Umoja Tanzania is a youth development organization based in Arusha, Northern Tanzania that supports 4000 children. Umoja has four program areas – youth education, community development, sports for development and social enterprise.
General School Supplies:
Dry-Erase Markers, Scientific Calculators, Small Backpacks, and Solar Lantern Lights
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books, General Science, and English to English Dictionaries
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Mobile Phones, and Working Laptops
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, Tennis Balls, and Whistles
Medium or Small Clothing for Teenagers
Antibiotic Ointments, Band-Aids, and Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Acrylic Paints, Acrylic Paint Brushes, Fabric Scissors, and Sewing Scissors
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.