Tour Company

    Wanderlust Adventures Inc.

    Wanderlust Adventures and its Tanzania operations office offer donors an opportunity to purchase requested supplies for your chosen project locally in Arusha at prices often much lower than at home. What's more, this could also save you excess baggage on international flights and customs duties at border points. Those interested to opt for this alternative, e-mail us at
    Pack for a Purpose does not condone visiting orphanages, as this can often lead to negative impacts on children. The accommodation or tour company working with the orphanage will deliver the supplies in a coordinated and respectful way so that the children can benefit from them. Your generosity is not diminished because you do not interact with the children.

    Project #1

    Arusha Children’s Trust

    For the past 15 years, Wanderlust Adventures have been working with Arusha Children’s Trust, a Tanzania based NGO that actively and directly supports children from ages 6 through 15 years old in the Arusha and Rift Valley regions through enhancing education, improving health awareness, increasing knowledge of environmental conservation and upholding the culture and traditions of the people within the region.


    General School Supplies:
    Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-Ruled Paper

    Flash Cards:
    Alphabet, Math, and Word

    Laminated Wall Charts:
    Animals, Birds, Human Body, Language, Math, and World Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Building Bricks, Dolls, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls

    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, Sandals, and New Underwear

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

    Office Supplies:
    Printer Paper

    Project #2

    Neema Village, Arusha

    Neema Village, is a rescue center for abandoned, orphaned and at risk babies in Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa. Since 2012 more than two hundred babies, have been rescued and found a new family at Neema. That is what Neema is all about, making new happy families.

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


    Text/Reading Books:
    Age-Appropriate Story Books

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Working Laptops

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Toys for Small Babies

    Art Supplies:
    Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Sewing Needles, and Thread

    First Aid:
    Sun Screen

    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes and New Underwear,

    Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, Mosquito Nets, Pillows, and Quilts

    *Baby Bibs, Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Baby Shampoo, Baby Wash, Baby Wipes, Bars of Soap, *Cloth and Disposable Diapers (all sizes), Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, *Hand Sanitizers, *Philips Avent Soothie Pacifiers (this type only please), Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, *Slow Flow Nipples: Preemie and Regular, *Toothbrushes (children’s), *Toothpaste (children’s), Vaseline, and Washing Powder

    Antibiotics, Nasal Spray, and Triple Antibiotic Ointment

    Project #3

    Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project (KPAP)

    Wanderlust Adventures Inc is an approved responsible travel partner for Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project (KPAP), which supports porters carrying enormous loads up the mountain while wearing inadequate clothing in the extremely cold temperatures. Wanderlust Adventures pays its porters generously. We encourage our clients on 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 they are generally expensive locally.


    Beanies, Dickies, Fleece Jackets/Pants, Gently Used Hiking Clothing (Not Cotton), Gloves and Mitts, Hand and Toe Warmers, Head Lights, Hiking Boots, New or Used Gaiters, New Synthetic or Wool Hiking Socks, Rain Jackets, Rain Pants, and Sun Hats

    All the needs are current as of November 16, 2020

    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.