Lake Mutanda Island Development Project Education, Health, Environment. Immediate access to reasonable education and medical facilities is almost impossible. The nearest hospital is some 15 kms away, overcrowded and only accessible by boat/canoe. The church serves not only as the church, but also the one and only classroom as well as the meeting location for the community. Currently there is one teacher who provides some education to the 20+ children in one class whose ages range from 4 to 20. It’s an impossible task, especially as there are virtually no teaching aids. There is thus a desperate need to erect some dedicated teaching facility that is adequately resourced (teachers, materials and desks) to provide not only some basic education skills such as reading and writing, but beyond.
The project’s goal is to raise the literacy and health level of Mutanda Island Community as well as improve lake transport system and agriculture for an economically empowered community.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-Ruled Paper
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Scrabble, Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys, and Puzzles
Jump Ropes, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls
*Adult Clothing, New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing, and New Underwear
Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas
Antibiotic Ointments, Band-Aids, Deodorant, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Acrylic Paints, Acrylic Paint Brushes, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Glass Beads for Bead Work, and Wire Cutters
Cloth Caddy for Small Tools, Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, and Small Pruning Shears
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.