SOS Children’s Village is a project that assists children that can no longer live with their families. SOS Children’s Village works with communities and state partners to provide children with loving and supportive alternative care.
They work with children, families, communities and states to prevent family breakdown and ensure that children’s rights are met. Located in Zanzibar, SOS Children’s Villages currently helps 500 children to ensure protection, health care, support and training to those in need.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-Ruled Paper
(English and French) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedia on CD
(English and French) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Acrylic Paints and Brushes, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Earring Hooks, Fashion Magazines, Sewing Needles, Thread, Watercolor Paints and Paint Brushes, and Wire Cutters
Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Masks, and Plastic Gloves
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, and Mosquito Nets
Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, Washing Powder, Pampers (ages 3 months through 2 years)
Antibiotics, Folic Acid, and Ibuprofen
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.
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.