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
Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
Animals, Birds, Human Body, Language, Math, and World Maps
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Building Bricks, Dolls, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, Sandals, and New Underwear
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Sanitary Napkins
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.
Age-Appropriate Story Books
Toys for Small Babies
Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Sewing Needles, and Thread
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
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
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
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.