Accommodation

    Waterbuck Safaris Limited

    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

    Malaika Kids seeks to give the most vulnerable and orphaned children in Tanzania a sustainable future. We offer these children a real home, where they can feel safe, eat regular meals and just be children again. We strive to educate them to become responsible citizens capable of supporting themselves in the future. Of all the children brought to us, more than 50% eventually end up in the Relatives Support Program. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to place children with their family. The children who we cannot place with families go to our Children’s Village in Mkuranga where they will grow up in family groups within a local community.

    Our Children’s village consists of 8 furnished houses to accommodate up to 80 children, a pre-school (attended by children from Malaika Kids and from the local community), classrooms for remedial teaching, a computer room, a library, sports ground, and a pharmacy. We encourage a family bond to develop and the welfare of these children is our primary concern.

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

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    *Chalk, *Colored Pencils, *Erasers,*Exercise Books *Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, *Pencils, *Pens, and *Rulers

    Reference Materials:
    (English) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD

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

    Laminated Wall Charts:
    (English) Human Body, Math, Science, and World Maps

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

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys, and Educational DVDs

    Art Supplies:
    Acrylic Brushes and Paints and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

    Music Instruments:
    Castanets, Maracas, Tambourines, Triangles, Xylophones, and Small Drums

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Jump ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Tennis Balls, volleyballs, Sport Jerseys, and Sport Shoes

    Clothing/Shoes:
    Black Shoes, New Bras, New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, New Underwear, White Shirts,and White Socks

    Linens:
    Bed Linens, Light Blankets, and Mosquito Nets

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Bars of Soap, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Vaseline

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of July 6, 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.