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.
General School Supplies:
*Chalk, *Colored Pencils, *Erasers,*Exercise Books *Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, *Pencils, *Pens, and *Rulers
(English) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English and Swahili) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Language/Grammar, and Math
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys, and Educational DVDs
Acrylic Brushes and Paints and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Castanets, Maracas, Tambourines, Triangles, Xylophones, and Small Drums
Jump ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Tennis Balls, volleyballs, Sport Jerseys, and Sport Shoes
Black Shoes, New Bras, New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, New Underwear, White Shirts,and White Socks
Bed Linens, Light Blankets, and Mosquito Nets
Bars of Soap, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Vaseline
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.