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#225:  Boots and Land Mine Eradication equipment, Angola:  After more than 27 years of civil war (1975-2002), Angola is one of the most mine-affected countries in the world.  The most mine-impacted province is Moxico.  In 4 years this province had the majority of  531 mine related accidents in the country.  A large proportion of the rural population depends on agriculture, but mines continue to prevent farmers from accessing land.  This impacts livelihoods, food security and rural development.  Mines Advisory Group trains locals to demine the contaminated areas.  These skilled workers need Oakley Tactical Six Work boots, $130 each and Gerber EOD Mine Probe Kits, $420 each.  Associated Organization:


#69: Candle-making and Basket-making Supplies, Botswana:
The New Xade settlement for people living with HIV/AIDS is developing sustainable projects to provide basic income.  The following items are needed:  $79.00 for 1 50kg bag of candle wax; $47.00 for a slicing knife; $32.00 for 1 2-liter bottle candle dye; and $66.00 for 6 months of basket making supplies.
#73: Food and Clothing: Lobatse, Botswana: $2.00 provides beans, porridge, rice, vegetables, bread and fruit for one day; $5.00 buys a pair of jeans; $4.00 buys a T-shirt; $5.00 buys shoes; and $.83 buys socks for orphans and vulnerable children. Associated Organization: Botswana Association for Psychological Rehabilitation.
#87: Beekeeping Equipment, Botswana: $85:00 buys a set of beekeeping coveralls and tools and $100 buys a beehive for income-generation for unemployed recent high school graduates. The income from each hive can support a household of 8-10 people. Training is provided.

#129: Educational Materials, Botswana: Four teen centers, which provide care
and support to 300+ HIV positive teenagers, need educational materials that
teach about disease management, life skills, money management and career
planning: $15.00 journal and stationary; $30.00 educational board games and
$20.00 life skills instructor training manual.

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#38: Housing Supplies, Bujumbura, Burundi:
Over 800 refugee families in Bujumbura, Burundi are rebuilding their homes which were destroyed by ethnic wars and need supplies: $65.00 cement for walls, $65.00 roof; $75.00 for windows and door; and $75.00 sanitation facility. Associated organization: Youth in Reconstruction of the World in Destruction (YRWD),


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#342: Sewing Machines, Cameroon:  $100.00 will provide a sewing machine. The Jamadianie School in Buitingi village in Buea, Cameroon, serves vulnerable children. Sewing machines are needed to develop a sewing room where students can learn sewing skills.  This training will allow them to have a marketable skill when they graduate. Associated Organization: United Action for Children (UAC).  UAC is dedicated to helping children and families to address their needs by providing education and practical training. 

#333: Soap-making Supplies, Cameroon:  Unit costs are: $60.00 soap materials; $100.00 cutting table; $2.00 label and packaging.  Women and girls in Cameroon face marginalization, injustice and poverty.  In the Center region, especially Yaounde and its environs, there are more children living in single parenting homes or forced to live with relatives or friends due to the financial hardship of their mothers.  These mothers are helpless and hopeless and cannot take proper care of their children with no money and no jobs.  This soap-making project is a solution to a desperate situation.  It aims to provide at least 25 vulnerable women with skills in soap production, leadership and business.

Soap is a useful item in homes.  Families usually buy laundry soap and powder soap; hospitals also need soap for cleaning.  This project will provide immediate income so that women can take care of themselves and their family.

#288:  School Playground Equipment and Materials, Cameroon: $400.00 will provide playground equipment and $100 will provide materials (pens, pencils, rulers, writing books, chalk) to orphaned, vulnerable and disabled students in the Jamadianle Nursery/Primary School.  Associated Organization:  United Action for Children (UAC) - Cameroon.  UAC is dedicated to helping children, families and groups awaken to their needs and ability to change and then put this change to practical use.  Their vision is a society where children living in marginalized communities have access to quality education and skills.

#269: Food and Formula for Orphaned and Injured Chimpanzees and Gorillas, Cameroon, Africa: Growing is a hungry business!  Infant gorillas and chimpanzees need milk just like human babies.  The babies rescued by Ape Action Africa (AAA) have all lost their families.  They depend on human formula - as well as 24-hour loving care by experts - to grow strong and thrive in a safe forest sanctuary.  As they grow and transition to solid food, they love pineapples!  Baby formula costs $.85 a bottle and each toddler gorilla drinks 6-7 bottles a day.  The delicious local pineapples cost $.10 each.  The sanctuary uses 2,200 pineapples each week for 320 primates in their care.  Gorillas and chimpanzees are on the brink of extinction.  Habitat loss and poaching threaten these animals.  Ape Action Africa is committed to protecting Cameroon's great apes by rescuing orphaned and injured gorillas and chimpanzees and giving them a safe forest home where they can recover and then hopefully return to the wild.  AAA also works with local communities to develop long-term solutions to ensure their survival in the wild. Associated organization:  Ape Action Africa,;

#189:  Cameroon:  Textbooks and School Uniforms: Orphans and needy children in northwest Cameroon want to go to school but they need assistance in order to attend.  $50.00 will pay for textbooks and $10.00 will purchase a school uniform.  The Government primary school of Bawock welcomes over 200 students, 65% are boys and 35% are girls in grades 1-6.

#140: Farming Tools and Equipment, Cameroon: The community of Bawock in the northwest suffered from tribal conflicts. Now they are trying to rebuild their homes and farms that were destroyed. They need carts, $150.00; wheelbarrows, $45.00; farm tool sets (like hoe, rake and scythe) $45.00 and zinc sheeting for roofs, $15.00 per 50 sheets.

#112: School Desks, Supplies, Uniforms and Shoes, Cameroon: $25.00 buys a desk with a bench, $20.00 buys a student uniform and shoes, $40.00 buys a student mattress and bedding and $16.00 buys chalk, erasers, pencils, rulers and notebooks for deaf students ages 4-20 years old. 84 students attend the Buea residential school for the deaf which was founded and is run by deaf adults. Most students are from poor families.


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#349: Orphanage Toilets and Showers, Democratic Republic of Congo: $58.00 for a toilet; $45.00 for a ton of sand; $110.00 for electrical wiring; $25 for 7kg of nails.  The Kimbondo Orphanage, outside of Kinshasa, was founded in 1990 and currently houses, clothes, feeds, and educates over 800 children.   The four- bedroom Foyer House currently houses approximately 75 children, ages 5 – 18.  Through overuse and decay, the plumbing system is shot and the residents are reduced to sharing two functioning toilet stalls, while contending with the overwhelming stench of raw sewage. Funding of the necessary supplies would yield a massive overhaul of the plumbing and the bathroom facility, which would result in a quadrupling of available toilets in addition to clean, pleasant, and sanitary showers and sinks.  Associated blog:

#334: Chickens and Hen House, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): $90.00 henhouse and fence; $10.00 per chicken; $1.20 corn grain, per chicken, per month; $.60 veterinary medicines. Butembo is an urban center in the province of North-Kivu which serves as a refuge for people fleeing violence in rural areas. A program is being set up whereby young people called "Youth Talents" will help displaced people to learn how to manage semi-livestock farming and increase productivity of eggs. Eggs are a highly sought-after commodity that will rapidly and regularly supplement family needs and help repopulate poultry.

#317: Orphanage Expansion and Beds, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC):  The Kimbondo Orphanage, outside of Kinshasa, was founded in 1990 and currently houses, clothes, feeds, and educates over 800 children.   One building, consists of two bedrooms (each ~20 square meters) and two bathrooms and is shared by 80 young people, ages 5 – 14.  Three teachers from a local international school, working with a trusted six-year live-in volunteer, have begun the “A Bed for Each Child Project”, to add on two large bedrooms and bathrooms.  When the new addition is outfitted with long-lasting concrete frame bunk beds and mattresses, each of the 80 children will be able to sleep in his/her own bed.  Cost estimates: $12.00, bag of cement; $60.00, concrete bunk bed; $11.00, roof sheet; $145.00 door. Through additional funds the project also will provide labor for 25 people—hugely important in a region wracked by unemployment. Additionally, ten Kimbondo teens will receive construction training.  Blog:

#285: T-shirt Printing Machine, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): $1000 will purchase a T-Shirt Printing Machine.  The purpose of this project is to combat girls' early marriage by involving them in an income-generating project.  Upon purchase of the machine, the girls will be able to print and sell t-shirts for special commemorative days and electoral campaigns.  In the past, this has been an activity and profit center which has been monopolized by men. 

#281: Completion of Construction of Youth Training Center, Republic of Congo (DRC): The goal is to provide 37 young people (30% boys, 70% girls) appropriate space for vocational training and weekly education talks.  the youth have borne all expenses to date, including placing the foundation stones, constructing brick walls and covering the frames with sheet metal.  the finishing work, such as plastering, cement, and door installation is beyond their budget.  Cement Bag, $20.00 each; Large Window, $55.00 each; Door Lock, $120.00; Windows, $35.00 each; and ceiling tiles $10.00 each.

#277: School Desks, Congo: $60.00 will buy a student desk for the Notre Dame School, in the town of Bumba in Equateur Province, Congo.  The desks will be made by local carpenters.  The town of 150,000 people is a commercial center located in an agricultural area.  There is neither drinking water nor electricity in the town.  The school has over 2000 students and is considered one of the top two schools in the Congo as measured by the success rate of students who go successfully on to the next level of education.

#253: Solar Panels, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): Through the Rafiki Group young girls are learning a trade so that they do not have to marry young, work the streets or otherwise get in trouble.  The building they use for studying and training would benefit from solar panels for lighting.  $400.00 solar panel; $150.00 battery; $40.00 regulator; $30 converter.

#221:  Paper, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC):  Paper supplies are needed for a group of girls who are studying computer basics under the auspices of a non-profit group which works with women and children.  This groups identifies girls at risk who live in the streets and provides educational opportunities for them.  Costs: $84 copier paper; $60.00 lined paper; $120 toner cartridges; $30 paper cutter.  The girls will produce tourist guidebooks which they can sell.  They are located in the North Kivu Province in Butembo town.

#198: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), vocational supplies: The Center to Help Exploited Children (CAMME) in Goma works with 100's of street children, orphaned or abandoned, to provide them with vocational and other training.  For instance they learn carpentry, sewing and car repair.  Examples of costs: plywood $10.00; varnish $5.00; nails $4.00/kg; beams $15.00; sewing machine replacement parts $5.00; printed fabric $10.00/bolt; shears $7.00; thread, zipper, needle and hooks $2.50.


#146: Student Desks, Democratic Republic of the Congo: $12.00 will provide adurable, wooden student desk. After the ravages of war the villagers in therural area of Luotu have built two classrooms for a primary school that serves 700 students. They now need 80 desks.


#357: Ethiopia: Teenage Clothing: Girls at the Project Blue Academy Orphanage need the following items: $65.00 Sweat Suits; $35.00 Sports Sneakers; $20.00 underwear; $7.00 Tee shirt and socks. The Project Blue Academy is an orphanage for teenage girls, most of whom have been sexually and physically abused. It is located in Debre Markos, Ethiopia about 300 kms. north west of the capital Addis Ababa. It was started in 2010. Its mission statement reads: “Project Blue is a premier center of academic excellence for supporting and educating disadvantaged gifted girls to be agents of change in an emerging Ethiopian society.” Recognizing that that role of women needed to change dramatically and that ultimately the only people who could bring that about were women themselves once they were educated, Marco Guzzardo and Dr. Michael Barrington decided to establish a safe haven and center of academic excellence for 50 to 60 young women. These orphan teenage girls are provided with all necessities of life to be successful. The Academy is their home but they attend a local high school during the day. In the evenings they are provided one on one tutoring six days a week. Once they graduate and are accepted into universities Help A Life Foundation continues to support them financially until they graduate. There are currently 58 girls completing university studies. Maintaining 60 teenage girls in clothing is difficult. Due to the strict Ethiopian Christian traditions, the girls must dress modestly for sports which means wearing a sweat suit and sneakers.

#217: Ethiopia, Books: $2.00 - $8.00 will provide local language books and $30.00 - $60.00 will provide reference books and dictionaries for the 1500 students who attend the Gaynt School in northern Ethiopia, 600 km from the capital. The students are on double session - young ones in the morning and middle schoolers in the afternoon, due to lack of space.

#126: Donkey and Library Books, Ethiopia: $1.00 pays for the printing of a bilingual book and $120.00 will buy a donkey. The donkey is used to carry a structure that houses books. This becomes a mobile library for rural areas where children do not have access to books. Associated Organization: Ethiopia Reads,

#117: Water Well, Ethiopia: Clean water is needed in an area north of Addis Ababa where there was a recent outbreak of malaria. The community will provide the manpower for the construction work. Total cost for the well is $5,927. There are matching funds for this project so that every contribution is trebled. Associated organizations: Anti Malaria Association, Ethiopia and Rotary.

#20: Books and Art Supplies, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:


The mission of ETHIOPIAN BOOKS FOR CHILDREN AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION (EBCEF) is to advance, promote, and encourage children's book publishing, reading, and literacy in Ethiopia, and to publish books in Ethiopian languages, based on Ethiopian culture and history, for Ethiopian children in Ethiopia and those born outside of Ethiopia. It accomplishes this mission by establishing an ETHIOPIAN CHILDREN'S BOOK CENTER in Ethiopia and organizing projects, providing resources, and working with institutions, organizations, and people. 

Even though Ethiopia abounds with cultural and historical resources such as oral story telling, a very ancient history, and written culture, none have been utilized in the creation of children's and adult literature. Publishing and book development in Ethiopia are at their lowest levels. Children's books are particularly hard to find or not available at all. In fact, there is such a dearth of materials that many Ethiopian children grow up without ever reading a book except those prescribed for them in the classroom. There are no storybooks or picture books in Ethiopian homes for younger readers. For several decades the creative ability of Ethiopians have been curtailed or stunted by wars and adverse political and social conditions and cultural limitations. It is accepted that a child needs good nutritious food for physical and mental development. Just as necessary, a child's imagination also needs nourishment from good literature that would enable the child to reach out to explore the world.

Children who start reading at an early age develop excellent reading skills and have the capacity to think and create new ideas when they become adults. Besides providing a pleasurable experience, reading creates a sense of connecting to the wider world. Literature is essential for nurturing and developing imagination, compassion, and insight. Literature also develops a fertile ground for democratic principles to take root in a society, to make human beings more humane. It is only in literate societies that the ideals of democracy, peace, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness have meaning.

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#90: Sewing Machine, Ethiopia: $200.00 will buy an industrial strength sewing machine for a women’s cooperative in Hossana, Ethiopia.  These women are living with HIV/AIDS and need to support themselves and their families.  Associated organization: ETINE.  Their goal is to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS through education and social programs.

#145: Solar Pump, Ethiopia: A solar pump is needed for Bue, a farming community 60 miles from the capital. Currently the villagers walk to the river, fill a plastic can with water and pour it into a holding tank. A solar pump is needed to pump water from the river to the village. Estimated minimum cost $2500.00. Any donation will assist a US State Department employee who is volunteering to coordinate this project.

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#263: Elderly Womenís Community Center, Sokpoe, Ghana: In order to finish constructing and equipping a community center, the following items are needed: paint (bucket) $10.00 each; chairs $20.00 each; small tables $10.00 each; books $2.00 each; toys $5.00 each; and a short wave radio $20.00.  Sokpoe is a small village on the Volta River, 25 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.  Most of the people living there are elderly women because the young people have migrated to the cities for work.  The older women living there have not much to do during the day except sit at home, so the residents contributed funds to build a community center for them.  Many elderly women in this West African country are untouched by the meager social security system; they are poor, struggling and often ignored.  The women have low rates of education and are subject to cultural discrimination.  The center is intended to be a place where they can socialize and also look after the remaining children in the village who otherwise would have to walk long distances in the heat with their mothers to the market or to the fields.  Instead, at the refurbished community center, the young people will look after the older people and vice versa.  In addition to contributing funds, the village residents  donated their labor for the building, and will do so again to add a bathroom, paint the structure and build the furniture.

#229: Pens and Pencils, Ghana: Middle school students in Accra, Ho and Elmina, Ghana need pens and pencils. Four dozen #2 pencils costs $5.00 and one dozen ink pens cost $4.00. A recent study identified that if one material were to be donated to needy students, pens and pencils were the most important. Associated organization: International School of Art, Business and Technology.

#205: Ghana, 1000 Gallon PolyTank: A water well will be drilled in Naama, located in the Mampong District of the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The PolyTank ($550.00) will be placed on the water tower in order to store the water.  Naama residents currently fetch water from nearby contaminated rivers. This project will bring clean drinking water to every household in the village.

#160:  Desks, Ghana: $19.00 will buy a student desk for students grades 2-6 at the Naama DS Primary School, located in the Mampong District, Kumasi Region, Ghana.

#157: Stools, Books and Toys, Dzolo-Gbogame, Ghana:  The Kindergarten serves the village of 4,000 people in the Volta Region, near the border with Togo.  The young students now have to carry their own stools on their heads, walking from home.  These stools ($10.00), books ($2.50 each) and toys ($7.50 each) will be used in the classrooms.  

#4: Ghana Refugee Camp School Supplies: The Buduburan Refugee Camp for Liberian refugees is located in Ghana.  Since the outbreak of the civil crisis in Liberia in 1998, many children have become orphans. Some children were made into combatants, others into slaves.  As a result many of the children are traumatized. The camp is trying to provide basic education as well as counseling support for the children.


#5: Shoes and School supplies, Ghana: $9 will provide shoes; $10 will provide the following school supplies: English book, math set, colored pencils, notepaper, ruler, towel, cup, toilet roll and soap; $15 will provide a school bag for orphaned, displaced and at-risk children living in Accra, Ghana. The number of street children in Accra grew from 10,400 to 15,000 from 1996-2000. The International Child Resource Institute has a Child Survival and Empowerment Project in Accra, Ghana.  This project began in 2001 to meet the needs of orphaned, displaced and at-risk children living in the area. Organization Associated with the Project: International Child Resource Institute:


#68:  Study Tables, Ghana: $20.00 will buy a study table for a secondary school for girls in Damongo, Northern Region, Ghana.  This is the only secondary school in an area where the literacy rate is 5%.  By receiving an education, the 15-18 year old girls can break the cycle of poverty.  This project is associated with a textbook and library book project in Canada.

#107: Malarial Nets, Pokuase, Ghana: $4.40 will provide a Long Lasting Insecticidal Malaria Prevention Net to a child aged 2-5. One to three million people die each year from malaria and 70% of them are children under five. Associated Organization: WomensTrust,


#144: Educational Materials, Ghana: $7.00 will purchase a book, educational game or building blocks for Kindergarteners in Damongo, Northern Region, Ghana. There are 70 students in a classroom and no sturdy educational materials.


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#369: Kenya, Sewing materials for school uniforms: School uniforms are mandatory in Kenya.  You cannot go to school unless you have a uniform. $10.00 for fabric, buttons and thread for five uniform blouses; $25.00 for materials for five pairs of boys pants; $30.00 for fabric, zippers and buttons for uniform dresses; $50.00 for two sets each of socks and underwear for 10 young girls and $20.00 each for shoes.  The Springs of Hope Foundation in Nakuru, Kenya provides a free one-year tailoring course to teenage girls.  These girls come with unimaginable backgrounds of sexual, emotional and physical abuse from a very young age.  The girls visit the poorest areas of the community where younger girls go to school in thread bare uniforms, resembling rags.  The students meet the younger girls that they will be responsible for helping.  They measure them for their uniforms, return to the tailoring school and make new uniforms.  They then present the uniforms to the girls, free of charge.  Besides learning to sew the teenage girls feel self-worth, a sense of pride and accomplishment and they gain confidence. 

# 350: Kenya, Fencing: The following materials are needed to provide fencing for a school compound: $300.00, chain link; $215.00, posts; barbed wire, $45.00; cement, $15.00; sand, $15.00 and nails, $2.00. The Northern Kenya Conservation Clubs are afterschool clubs that operate in fourteen schools in Laikipia, Kenya. The club at Shiloh Naibor Primary School wants to create a model forest by fencing in an area of the school compound 54 meters by 54 meters to keep out goats and sheep. This would give the teachers and students an area where grass can grow and trees can be planted, a space where they can sit in the shade, hold classes and eat lunch. It would also serve as an important model to the community of what can be accomplished when a conservation area is set aside, where no livestock can consume the grass and leaves. Overgrazing and deforestation are two major environmental problems in this part of the world.

#337: Sewing Machines and Supplies, Kenya: $20.00 will purchase bobbins, thread, tailoring scissors, needles and the many miscellaneous sewing supplies; $50.00 will purchase fabric for training and $200.00 will purchase a trundle sewing machine and comfortable chair. 44% of Kenya's female population live below the international poverty line of US $1.25 per day. Living in poverty with a limited education greatly hinders these women from finding jobs to support their families. They are often at risk of being trapped in dehumanizing professions such as the sex trade or selling illicit home brewed alcohol, in order to feed their children. This project will empower poor women in rural villages with valuable sewing and business skills. Upon graduation from the free 12-month course, the graduates will receive a sewing machine so that they can set up their own business and earn a respectable living.

#335: Radio Station Transmitter, Kenya: A FM stereo transmitter for a community radio station costs approximately $2700, depending on the model. EK FM is a youth-operated, wind-powered community radio station in Mfangano, the largest Kenyan island in Lake Victoria, which runs out of the Ekialo Kiona Center, a local community-based organization. Programs are broadcast in Suba, an ancient Bantu language that is critically endangered, according to UNESCO. The Suba people suffer from one of the highest incidence rates of HIV/AIDS in East Africa (26%). Radio is a highly effective mode of communication in rural, low-resource settings. Since its launch on World AIDS Day in 2012, EK-FM has served as a lifeline for a variety of public heath, environmental, and cultural programming to nearly 200,000 underserved listeners along the shores of Lake Victoria. However, an electrical storm surge damaged radio equipment beyond repair, so the need for a replacement transmitter is urgent. Associated organization: Organic Health Response.

#320: Bedding Supplies, Kenya:  $60.00 bed; $6.00 blanket; $20.00 mattress; $3.00 sheets; $7.00 mosquito net.  These supplies are needed at the Safe House in Nakuru, Kenya.  The safe house provides temporary shelter for boys and girls up to the age of 18.  Assistance is provided to children who have been abandoned, abused, found lost or destitute or exposed to domestic violence; or whose parent/s have been imprisoned; or female children who have been subjected to female genital mutilation and/or early marriage.  The purpose of the safe house is to give short term shelter, food and counseling to children in need of care and protection.  These children receive necessary services to ensure that they are not further traumatized.  After a review of their situation children are re-united with their family, referred to an institution for fostering or adoption or released to an appropriate person for supervision.

#308:  T-Shirt "Uniforms", Kenya:  $3.00  will purchase a T-Shirt which is used as a 'uniform' for students an staff at the Kawangware Education Center (KEC) this Center is a self-help school in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi (home to 700,000 unserved Nairobi citizens) which has been offering free education to orphans and other vulnerable children for 10 years.  The T-shirts would be yellow with purple printing that says, "I am a VIP" on the front and "KEC" on the back.  The request is for 200 T-shirts.

#307:  Car Wash Machine, Kenya:  $500 will provide a car wash machine for the Lady Mekanika Project.  This is a unique project aimed at promoting gender equality and empowerment of women by training them in automobile mechanics skills.  This project has given hope to many mothers who would otherwise be jobless.  The one year basic apprenticeship training is currently run at the Women's Academy in Busia County, Western Kenya.  Young and older women are given vocational skills and tools for trade in automobile car mechanics and are accredited by a national trade test.

#292:  Water Tank, Kenya: $855.00 will purchase a water tank; $200.00 will provide pipes and gutters to collect rain water from the classroom roofs and $20.00 will provide a portable wash station for the school children.  In 2014 a 52-year old UK woman used her life savings to build a school in a rural area in the central highlands of Kenya.  The school began with six students and has grown to 68 children who regularly attend.  There are 11 children on the 'waiting list' for the nursery, with future plans to build an additional classroom. The crucial thing that is lacking at this time is access to clean water. The ability to harvest rain water during the rainy season is the highest priority for the school and surrounding community.  Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.  Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies are not strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.  Clean water is crucial to the children’s health and sanitation.

#270: 800 Gallon Water Tank, Cement Pad and Irrigation Pipes and Tubing, Kenya:  $600 will provide a water storage tank and pad and $200.00 will fund irrigation pipes and tubing for the Kakamega Orphan Project.  Friends of Kakamega own 7 acres of farmland which grows food for the 50 children who have been orphaned because of AIDS.  Unfortunately because of drought and devastating hail storms, the harvests have been very disappointing and left the children short of food.  Irrigation for the vegetables is seen as the most effective and financially efficient method of ensuring year round vegetables.  The water tank would be placed on top of a cement pad next to the hand-pumped well.  This would allow water to be stored high enough up so that a gravity drawn irrigation system is possible.  Associated organization: Friends of Kakamega.

#258: Hoodies, Kenya, Africa: $7.00 will buy a hooded sweat shirt for a child at the Kawangware Children's Centre in Nairobi. The Kwangware Childrenís Centre is located in the Kawangware slum in Nairobi. Many families in this area have been hit with the HIV/AIDS pandemic leaving children with a bleak future. This has led to other problems of juvenile delinquency and crime. The Centre's aim is to contribute to changing these trends through education and information. The work in the centre focuses around its core activities - providing feeding programs and educational services designed to enrich the lives of vulnerable children. Associated Organization:

#255: Kenya, Orphanage Bunk Beds, Bedding and Storage Box: $100.00 bunk bed: $10.00 blanket; $25.00 mattress; $10.00 sheet set; $10.00 mosquito net; $9.00 pillow; $10.00 for a personal storage box for each child.  These items are needed for Home of Hope, Molo, Kenya.  Molo was one of the worst regions affected by Kenya's post election violence in 2008. The toll of the emergency included approximately 1,500 deaths and 300,000 people left internally displaced. Molo is a small town that exploded in growth following the ethnic clashes that caused many to flee for safety. Molo hosted one of the largest internally displaced persons camps in Kenya with nearly 40,000 people.  Later many people were driven from their former homes and were resettled in alternative locations by the government, leaving many orphans behind with no guardians to care for them.  After a major gasoline tanker explosion in 2009 many more children were orphaned. Associated Organization:

#234: Bean Seeds, Fertilizer, Tools and Fencing, Kenya: A 1.5 acre plot in Sachangwan, Kenya has been leased to initiate a bean planting project. The following are needed for this project: Bean seeds, $121.00; Fertilizer, $90.00; Harvesting Sacks, $9.00 each; Fencing, $178.00; tools such as Pick Axes, $8.00 each; Spades, $8.00 each and water $12.00 per month. The proceeds will benefit an orphanage for babies and young children. Additional Information:

#216: Kenya, Lunches for Street Mothers and Their Children: Lunch is provided to homeless women and their children in Nakuru, Kenya. Cost: 35 cents per lunch. The daily lunches are an incentive to the mothers to come to the shelter that is available to them. The shelters provide safety and support that they need but are often hesitant to seek. There are approximately 30 mothers a day.


#179:  Kenya, Women's Business Start-Up Equipment:  Equipment is needed to help women become self-sufficient by setting up a catering business.  Refrigerator, $350.00; Freezer, $350.00; Microwave, $142.00 and pots and pans $5.00 each.  The Village Ventures Center assists women in developing successful small businesses. Associated organization:  

#12: School Exercise Books and Pencils, Rift Valley Province of Kenya: CEWAY is a community-based organization that was founded in 1995 in response to the community need for poverty eradication, especially among women and children in Kenya.  Beginning with the provision of food to families in the drought-stricken Mogotio town in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya, CEWAY's efforts have expanded to include assistance in the provision of medical services at the mobile clinics and dispensaries.  In addition, CEWAY has built strong community relationships with other marginalized communities. Read More...

Some of the services provided by CEWAY include: provision of school fees in support of AIDS orphans; training of peer counselors for adolescents, HIV/AIDS prevention and education; training of community based workers; provision of support for people living with AIDS, empowerment of girls; and education to reduce harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation. Read More... 

The target population is one of the many internally displaced communities in Kenya.  Due to civil unrest among warring factions in Kenya, many communities have been displaced from their ancestral homes.  The Katorongot community is made of about 100 families from the Turkana tribe.  While some families have been living in the area for over 25 years, they do not own the land that they occupy.  As a result of uncertainty of their future, they live in semi-permanent homes made out of mud with grass-thatched roofs.  Few families have access to a latrine and there is no clean water for drinking.  Consequently there is a high prevalence of diseases.

Most of the people in Katorongot have received little or no formal education and there is a high level of illiteracy.  There is a nursery school for both boys and girls age 3-6 years.  One goal of the CEWAY project in Katorongot is to provide better educational opportunities for the children in the community.

Through numerous community meetings and gatherings, CEWAY has continued to address community needs through a community-centered focus, leading to unprecedented improvement in the community health.  CEWAY is committed to serving the marginalized communities and improving the status of Kenyan women and children.

#37: Medical equipment, Nairobi, Kenya: The Slums Information Development and Resource Center (SIDAREC) needs equipment for their clinic: $150.00 examination lamp; $190.00 centrifuge; $243.00 refrigerator; $300.00 scale. This youth-initiated, community-run organization provides support for individuals living and working in the streets of Nairobi, Kenya as a result of poverty and AIDS.


#41: Students in Nairobi, Kenya: have received training on how to set up a business to make an income.  They now need basic items for their businesses such as hair salon equipment, $198.00; a milk cow, $130.00; a non-electric cake oven, $99.00; or a sewing machine, $110.00.  Associated organization:  Project Baobab,



#62:  Food for Famine in Kenya: $2.00 provides 3 meals a day for a student at the Kiteta Girls Secondary School in eastern Kenya.  Many people are facing starvation due to the drought that has made it impossible for crops to grow.  Associated organization: CEWAY (Center for Women and Youth Services). Read More...

#67:  Blankets and Mattresses, Kenya: $10.00 will buy a blanket and $35.00 will buy a mattress for a boy between the ages of 15-18 in a juvenile detention center in western Kenya.  Currently 400 boys sleep on cement floors and there is one blanket for each group of 5 boys to share.  Most of the boys are there because of dire circumstances. Read More...


#84: Bedding, Kenya: Bedding costs are: $7.00 (sheet); $6.00 (blanket), $8.00 (pillow) and $12.50 (mattress) for orphans and destitute secondary students (age 14-22) who attend the school and live at the Ghetto in the Urban Rehabilitation Education Center in Nairobi.  The school provides them their only educational opportunity
#92:  Basketball Court, Kenya: Cement costs $10 per bag for building a basketball court; $300 will provide the basket, metal posts, rings, boards and scoreboard for a juvenile facility in western Kenya.  The boys, ages 13-18, and staff will build the court to provide a formal sports education program. Read More...

#92: Basketball Court, Kenya: Cement costs $10.00 per bag for building a basketball court; $300.00 will provide the baskets, metal posts, rings, boards and scoreboard for a juvenile facility in western Kenya. The boys, ages 13-18 and staff will build the court to provide a formal sports education program.

#115: Legal Training Supplies, Kenya: Training supplies such as pens ($.19), legal pads ($.62), paper ($5.30) and flip charts ($30.00) are needed for a pro bono trial advocacy program provided by US attorneys specifically focusing on violence against women and children. A camcorder ($110.00) also is needed for videotaping mock trials and providing feedback. Associated organization: Lawyers Without Borders,

#128: Conservation Books, Kenya: Books ($5.00 - $10.00) are needed for conservation clubs. The purpose of the clubs is to teach students, age 8-12, about the connections between wildlife, the landscape and the people. Interactive materials have been developed but books about African animals and people would reinforce the concepts. The goal is for the next generation of pastoralists to become wise stewards of their rangelands.

#159: Gardening Tools and Seeds, Kenya:  Hoes ($30.00), Pick Axes ($30.00) Jembe (machetes) ($28.00) and seeds ($50.00) are needed to cultivate an organic garden that is farmed by the women of Buyangu, Kenya.  The produce raised will be used to feed the whole village.  In addition maize will be grown to make flour.  Associated Organization:  East Bay for East Africa,

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#264: Liberia, Maternity Center Bedding, Medicines, Educational Material: $25:00 per bedding set; $5.00 medicines; $30.00 medical equipment and supplies and $1.50 per set of educational materials.  If pregnant women in Ganta, Liberia’s second largest city, cannot afford care at the main hospital or its clinics, they visit the Maternity Center which is located in a modest home above the marketplace in town.  In late 2014 in particular, there is fear about approaching the main hospital for medical care due to the Ebola breakout and so women are increasingly preferring the Ganta Maternity Clinic.  Approximately 50 women in the early stages of pregnancy are treated weekly.  They are tested for malaria, low blood pressure and infections.  If needed, the Maternity Center’s pharmacist provides medicine.  The Center also delivers babies, sometimes three or four per day.  In Liberia the maternal mortality rate is one of the highest in the world, close to 1 in every 100 live births.  These tragic deaths cause misery and hardship for the mothers’ families and their communities.  Women need to be empowered with information on the risks of diseases and how to pursue healthier lifestyles.  The founder of the Maternity Center, Mary Zarweah, lives there, enabling her to keep the doors open throughout the week.  After giving birth, mothers are encouraged to stay until they feel strong enough to return home.  All meals are subsidized.  Currently the Center can host seven patients in individual rooms, but there is a lack of adequate bedding.   To pay the staff and acquire the necessary drugs and medical equipment, the Center charges a small fee. As demand for her services increases, Mary (the founder, in the photograph) would like to increase the number of beds and charge less.  Purchase of materials such as bedding, medical equipment and supplies will help achieve this goal.

#260: HIV/AIDS Readers, Lesotho, Africa: $5.00 will provide a book about HIV/AIDS written by South African health educators for children in Lesotho. A set of 24 fiction and non-fiction books costs $100 (which includes a 50% discount that the African Library Project receives from the publishers). These books will go to libraries in Lesotho, which has the third highest rate of HIV infection in the world (approximately 24%) and a life expectancy rate of 52. Most of the libraries are in the schools, but all are open to the surrounding villages. Associated Organization: African Library Project.

#94:  Food, Utensils and Medical Supplies, Lesotho, Africa: $25.00 will provide food, utensils and supplies for one-two weeks for HIV/AIDS patients and their families in three villages near the capital of Maseru.  $10.00 will buy one box of medical supplies and equipment for a health center.  These centers serve thousands of patients each year. 

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#370: Liberia: Chickens and Coop: $5.00 nesting box; $6.00 chicken and a rooster; $20.00 plywood flooring for chicken coop; $25.00 roofing for chicken coop; $30.00 feed and $50.00 fencing wire.  Chickens and eggs serve as a major protein source as well as a major income source in Monrovia, capital of Liberia.  As part of Save A Life Liberia Families’ Self-Sustaining Plan, families are assisted in starting their poultry farms where they raise chickens for sale and use.  Parents are able to use some of the earned income to send their children to school.  Initially the family is given chicken coop building materials, chickens which are at the stage of laying eggs and feed.  Families start earning income within two months of starting their poultry farm. 

#213: Liberia, Safe House Roof Repair Supplies: Building supplies are needed for the repair of a roof at the Center for Liberian Assistance's safe house for young girls who have experienced domestic violence. The home is located 45 minutes from the capital of Monrovia. Materials are need to repair and renovate the roof of the clinic, classroom, kitchen and meeting hall. Zinc roofing, $150.00/bundle; ceiling tiles $11.00; wood planks, $3.00-$5.00; nails, $25.00 a box and paint, $55.00.

#88: Orphanage Building Supplies, Monrovia, Liberia: Unit supply costs include: foundation cement $10 per 50# bag; box of nails $20, plywood sheet $25, steel beam $80, door $150 and window $170. The orphanage will house children who have been ravaged by war.

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#362: Malawi: School Garden and Bull: $100.00 per electric pump; $28.00 per water treadle pump; $20.00 per inlet pipe; $50.00 per outlet pipe; $.50 per bag of cement; $10.00 per bag of pesticide; $50.00 for food bank construction and $100 for a dairy cattle bull (for milk and fertilizer).  Malawi has had a rainfall shortage. This has resulted in a poor harvest of maize (corn).  Children have been particularly vulnerable to the food shortage.  These materials are needed to build a school garden.  The garden would be built along the river where water can be trapped.  The food and milk would be for the students at the Early Childhood Development Center.

#340: Workshop Supplies, Bus Fare and Food: Malawi and Uganda: $15.00 flip charts; $7.50 sharpie markers; $5.50 masking tape; $3.00 scissors; $20.00 bus tickets; $365 $40.00 cooking oil; $28 cooking fuel, $90.00 water and $366 for food for a week.

This women’s empowerment workshop will be offered to women in both rural Uganda and rural Malawi. It will focus on reducing domestic violence as well as HIV/AIDS. These two issues are inextricably connected. Women in these areas face disempowerment and often lack control over their own bodies.  After the women are trained they meet every three months in their village to continue to support one another.

Women who bring income into the family find they have more negotiation power. The women come together to build cooperatives where women can earn an income to help their families and bring needed empowerment. Micro-loan opportunities will be made available for sustainable projects. 

#293: HIV/AIDS Books, Malawi: $5.00 for each book or $100.00 for a full set of 28 readers (purchased at a 50% discount off the full price). The African Library project wants to supplement the new libraries that it will ship to 60 rural schools in Malawi in 2016 with HIV/AIDS readers. These colorful, engaging, straightforward books are written by South African health educators at a level that children can understand, and cover what HIV/AIDS is, how it is transmitted, life skills and decision-making to avoid the disease and how to manage grief and loss. Malawi has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world. Over a million people, 130,000 of whom are children, are currently living with HIV or AIDS.

#247: Community Garden Project, Malawi: $10.00 shovel; forks, hoes, $5.00 each; $70.00 wheel barrow; $6.00 watering can; $30.00 plastic drum for water collection; $3.00 water tap; $45 roll of hose pipe; $60.00 cattle manure; $50.00 chicken wire for fencing; $60.00 seeds; and $20.00 bag of cement for shallow water well. This project aims to provide a self-sustainable community garden for the village of Khuyu, Likoma Island, Lake Malawi.  A variety of vegetables (such as cabbage, ocra, carrots, lettuce, pumpkin) will be grown throughout the year. The vegetables grown will not only provide an inexpensive food source for the community, but also will generate income through sales to the nearby resort. Additionally it will act as a training project for those who wish to set up or improve their own home gardens, with open workshops for both adults and children at each stage of the growing process.

#209: Malawi, Nursery School Building Project: $855.00 will provide the construction materials for a nursery school. The Chilimba Women & Orphan Care Center in the Zomba District provides support for women who are suffering from domestic violence and small children who have been orphaned as a result of the high incidence of AIDS in the country. They need 10 bags of cement ($243); doors ($43); 2 locks ($43); a plastic water tank ($243); 10 iron metal sheets for the toilet ($195); a large cooking pot ($73); and roofing nails ($15).

#164:  Food, Malawi, Africa:  $12.50 will feed a child a daily meal for an entire school YEAR.  The meal consists of maize, flour, and ground nuts.  It is prepared by the mothers and distributed at the Kasimu Elementary School to 1300 students.  Associated organization: Kasimu Education Fund,

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#262: Primary School Wall Enclosure, Mali, Africa: To build a 340 meter wall the following supplies are needed: cement (sack) is $11.25; sand (boatload) $52.00; gravel (boatload) $76.50; quick lime (sack) $21.50; and paint (bucket) $6.00. A new, much-needed school has opened in the small town of Dioro. In Mali, primary school enrollment is fairly low, with only approximately 3/4 of children attending. Maliís government adopted the UN Millennium Development Goal, set in 2000, to increase primary school enrollment for all. However, the education system is impacted by a lack of schools in rural areas, such as Dioro, shortages of teachers and materials, as well as political unrest. The Ardo Primary School headmaster seeks financial support to secure the school and playground with a perimeter cinderblock wall. It will protect children from vehicles that drive unimpeded through the playground. It will also provide security for the classrooms and a storage shed that are otherwise unprotected from the street and vandalism. A one-room shelter will be built on the property where the school watchman will live - a further deterrent to vandals. There is no running water in Dioro, however the school has recently installed a well. Access to water will enable students to cultivate vegetables. The wall will protect the vegetables until harvest when they will be sold in the market to pay for a few basic needs such as books, tables and chairs. Associated Donor Organization: Oakland Rotary Club #3 World Community Service committee. Thirty years ago Rotarian Michelle Bashin served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Dioro and has stayed in touch with the community ever since. The school headmaster contacted her requesting support for the school wall. For insight into life in Dioro view this brief youtube video:

#211: Mali, Onion House Building Materials: Baniko Jaba Ton, the local onion cooperative needs construction materials to build a storage house to store their onion crops for up to 6 months. Onions are seasonally farmed, so the market becomes flooded with onions during the harvest and the prices go down. The farmers come from 15 villages approximately 200 km from the capital of Bamako. They will provide the labor and 50% of the building material cost. They need: 10,000 mud bricks (6 cents each); 100 bags of cement ($120.00 each); eight shelving units ($400.00 each); two doors ($240.00 each) and ten small windows ($130.00 each). This project is being coordinated by a former Mali Peace Corps volunteer.

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#273: Machines for Sewing, Knitting and Embroidery, Morocco: The  following equipment is needed: Sewing Machine, $460.00; Knitting Machine, $400.00 and Embroidery Machine, $460.00.  In response to massive unemployment, a non-profit organization has helped young adults to launch their own micro businesses through entrepreneurship training, interest-free microloans and  mentoring.  This equipment will enable the launch of the Women's Artisan Cooperative of Imouzzer-Kandar in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.  There is a domestic tourism market for the products.  Associated Organization:  Greenside Development Foundation.


#122:  Vegetable Garden Supplies, Mozambique:  The following items are needed for a vegetable garden project to help widows whose husbands died of HIV/AIDS: $1.50 seed packet; $17.00 hoe; $19.00 shovel; $20.00 garden fork; $25.00 watering can and $815 for a water pump.

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#261: Food and Books, Namibia, Africa: $50.00 will provide food for one child for one month. $10.00 will buy a book for children in the Little Bugs Early Childhood Development Center in the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia. The Center provides a free, comprehensive, quality education for disadvantaged children in a safe, healthy, stimulating and child-friendly environment. The nearest educational facility is 170km away. The children receive a nutritional meal each day and learn about vegetable gardening. Associated Organization: Namib Sky Community Trust,

#154:  Water Piping and Sprinklers, Namibia:  $11.00 per water pipe and $90.00 per sprinkler system.  Community volunteers and the Namibia Red Cross are building a community garden in order to have two crops per year.  The vegetables will provide inexpensive food to the community.  Any excess can be sold to pay for school fees and after-school classes.


#136: Solar Panels, Namibia: 75 watt solar panels, $411.00 each; solar batteries $119.00 each; an inverter $287.00; power gauge, $46.00, a regulator, $82.00; solar lights, $18.00 each and 100 meters of cable, $1.50 are needed to provide electricity for the Mbambazi Primary School. They have 6 computers but are not able to use them due to lack of electricity.

Project #82:  Sweaters, Blankets, Chairs, Tables and Door, Namibia: The following items can be purchased for children between the ages of 6 and 14 living and going to school in a squatter’s camp: sweater ($5.00), blanket ($5.50), plastic chair ($6.00), plastic table ($32.00), steel door ($90) and padlock ($3.00) for a pre-fab building.

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#365: Niger, Food, School Uniforms and Supplies: $1.00 will provide a nutritious meal; $10.00 will provide a school uniform and $5.00 will provide school supplies.  The Oasis Initiative provides girls clubs (called safe spaces) for girls in Maradi, Niger, at the heart of the Sahel region of Africa.  These are places where teenage girls feel secure, connect with other girls and get guidance from a trusted mentor.  Girls gain a greater sense of self, learning life skills and bridging gaps in academic learning – especially reading and writing.   In doing so girls are more likely to stay in school, marry latter, use family planning and health services and lift their families out of poverty.  The meals provided at safe spaces give girls the adequate nutrition needed to focus on their studies and retain critical life lessons.  School supplies and uniforms are often too expensive for girls and their families to afford since most families earn less than a dollar per day.  Providing uniforms and supplies enables girls to stay enrolled in school each year.   

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#245: House Building Materials, Rwanda: Orphans who are coming of age and have to leave this orphanage in the poorest part of western Rwanda, need to build their own dwelling in order to have a place to start an independent life and raise a family. In general people in Rwanda build their houses of natural material such as wood and clay. They need the following building materials: Clay blocks: $.10; Wood pile: $1.00; Corrugated iron for the roof: $15.00 per section. The project will be supervised by the nuns at the convent where the orphans were cared for during their childhood.

#199: Rwanda, pineapple project: The aim of this project is to increase the harvest of organic pineapple to meet the market demand.  Approximate cost per item is:  Pineapple plant $1.00; Wheelbarrow/cart $65.00; Hoe $5.00; Spade $3.00 each; Rake $2.50 each; Basket $.70; Sack $.50 and Manure fertilizer $25.00/ton.

#161: Pigs, Rwanda: $40.00 will purchase a pig.  There are 150 women farmers, many of them widows from the civil war, in the Hinga Kawa Women's Association in rural Rwanda.  They need pigs for fertilizer, breeding, and food.  This is part of their larger effort to convert their coffee crop to organic production. Associated Organization:  TransFair USA.

#70: Complete home-based solid state lighting systems powered by solar energy, Rwanda: $25 buys two 12 volt rechargeable batteries that last 5 years; $40.00 buys a solar panel for a home lighting system and $140 buys equipment to provide ultra-efficient, safe, clean lighting for one house (2 LED lights, battery, solar panel, switches and wiring). Associated Organization: Light Up The World Foundation,

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#357: Ethiopia: Teenage Clothing: Girls at the Project Blue Academy Orphanage need the following items: $65.00 Sweat Suits; $35.00 Sports Sneakers; $20.00 underwear; $7.00 Tee shirt and socks. The Project Blue Academy is an orphanage for teenage girls, most of whom have been sexually and physically abused. It is located in Debre Markos, Ethiopia about 300 kms. north west of the capital Addis Ababa. It was started in 2010. Its mission statement reads: “Project Blue is a premier center of academic excellence for supporting and educating disadvantaged gifted girls to be agents of change in an emerging Ethiopian society.” Recognizing that that role of women needed to change dramatically and that ultimately the only people who could bring that about were women themselves once they were educated, Marco Guzzardo and Dr. Michael Barrington decided to establish a safe haven and center of academic excellence for 50 to 60 young women. These orphan teenage girls are provided with all necessities of life to be successful. The Academy is their home but they attend a local high school during the day. In the evenings they are provided one on one tutoring six days a week. Once they graduate and are accepted into universities Help A Life Foundation continues to support them financially until they graduate. There are currently 58 girls completing university studies. Maintaining 60 teenage girls in clothing is difficult. Due to the strict Ethiopian Christian traditions, the girls must dress modestly for sports which means wearing a sweat suit and sneakers.

#301: Hospital Building Supplies, Sierra Leone: Hospital Building Supplies, Sierra Leone:  Following the Ebola epidemic last year, a basic structure was built for the first Homeopathic Hospital for Sierra Leone.  Government agencies and the local community in Kossoh Town, just outside Freetown, have been supportive.  In order to make this a viable hospital, construction supplies are needed.  Examples of items that are needed include: Roofing, $10:00 per cement load; $3.00 per 2x4 timber; Electrical, $6.00 sockets; $4.00 switches; $120 cable; Tiling, $20.00 per carton; Doors, $324 each; Windows, $290.00 each; and Plumbing, $6.00 pipes; $7.00 plugs.  Treatment for typhoid, malaria, influenza and acute ailments, as well as assistance with childbirth will be provided.

#276: IV (intravenous) Unit and Bedding Unit, Sierra Leone:  $258 will provide an IV unit for the Coherence Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone.  The IV unit is needed for Ebola, Malaria and Typhoid patients to get rehydrated. $875.00 will provide a bedding unit for four patients.  Funds have been raised to build this homeopathic treatment center. Local people are creating the foundation and walls. Construction of the facility is anticipated to be complete by February. 


#266: Support for Ebola-Affected Children, Sierra Leone, Africa:  There have been over 2200 cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone.  Children are particularly affected, with many now left as orphans, or as survivors being shunned by society.  Children also are isolated because many families are keeping their children home to avoid exposure and in general gatherings are discouraged or prohibited.  $100 will provide educational supplies such as books, pencils and crayons; hygiene supplies such as soap, towels and toothbrush and a radio to receive updates regarding Ebola or tune in to the new government-established educational channel to assist with home learning.  Associated Organization: FOCUS 1000 Sierra Leone.

#218:  School Furniture, Sierra Leone:  Six schools educating 900 students in both city slum and rural areas in West Africa are in need of school furniture.  Currently 20 children are crammed onto one wooden plank placed on cement blocks for both seats and tables.  Costs are: $5.00 bench; $8.00 chair; $10.00 long table; $57 blackboard and $100 teacher desk and chair.  Education is the primary way out of the cycle of poverty for these families.  Associated Organization:  

#142: Internet Supplies, Sierra Leone: One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is providing specially designed laptops to the world's poorest children. In the village of Kenema they need wireless routers, $70.00; CAT5 networking wire $15.00: extension cables, $10.00: power strips, $7.00 and 10 watt solar panels to power laptops, $25.00. 100 children age 6-12 will benefit. Associated organization: Defense for Children International.

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#192: Somalia, Tools: $50.00 provides a multi-tool and sheath that includes steel knives, pliers, wire cutters, saw, files, wire stripper, screw drivers, cutting hook, locking blades and bit drivers in a foldable, pocket size. This versatile tool is the number one request of Somali men who have been trained to remove and destroy land mines, unexploded ordinance (UXO) and small arms and weapons in South Central Somalia and Somaliland. The goal is to support peace and stability by reducing the risk of conventional weapons. Associated Organization: MAG (Mines Advisory Group) America. Thank you to Letterman Tools for reducing the price!


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#361: South Africa, Pre-School Supplies: The Jabez Pre-School has recently opened after 8 years of fund-raising and planning. It is the first Pre-School in the Justica B area, in Mpunmalanga, South Africa. The village has a population of about 3000 people without a school or health facility. The average income per household is $30.00 per child. This is received as a monthly social grant from the government. The money is used for buying food for the family. The following items are needed for the children: Blankets, $7.00; Babies’ sweat-free mattresses, $23.00; Classroom floor carpet, $75.00; Indoor toys, $10.00; Outdoor toys, $15.00; Rubbish bins, $60.00. Hopefully in the future the school can accommodate primary school children.

#361: South Africa, Pre-School Supplies: The Jabez Pre-School has recently opened after 8 years of fund-raising and planning. It is the first Pre-School in the Justica B area, in Mpunmalanga, South Africa. The village has a population of about 3000 people without a school or health facility. The average income per household is $30.00 per child. This is received as a monthly social grant from the government. The money is used for buying food for the family. The following items are needed for the children: Blankets, $7.00; Babies’ sweat-free mattresses, $23.00; Classroom floor carpet, $75.00; Indoor toys, $10.00; Outdoor toys, $15.00; Rubbish bins, $60.00. Hopefully in the future the school can accommodate primary school children.

#318: Sewing Machines and Materials, South Africa: $70.00 for an industrial straight stitch machine; $70.00 for an industrial overlock machine and $70.00 for start-up materials are needed for a sewing project at Huntington Village to benefit youth and women who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.  Located adjacent to Kruger National Park, this area has been identified as having one of the largest concentrations of poverty in the country.  70% of the community is not economically active.  This is due in part to the fact that they do not have employable skills, have not had access to skills training and do not have the resources available to obtain these skills.

#254: South Africa, Porridge: $24.00 will provide e'Pap fortified porridge to a child for each school day of the year. The porridge consists of maize, soya, vitamins and minerals.  The volunteers distribute the porridge at schools to vulnerable children from the townships. The schools are located in the Knysna/Plettenberg Bay South area.  Associated Organization: All funds are spent on food; all labor is by volunteers, with no overhead costs.

#241: Jungle Gym Equipment; South Africa: $880.00 will provide Jungle Gym equipment for preschool children at the New Beginnings Day Care Center in Huntington Village, Mpumalanga, South Africa. New Beginnings Day Care was started in 2008 aiming at sending teenage mothers back to school, with the youngest mother being 14 years old. The Center accommodates babies from birth to 2 years of age. Because the high school starts at 6:00 in the morning, all 15 babies are left at the Day Care Center at 6:00 AM until 3:30 in the afternoon. The Center also provides after preschool care for children between 2-5 years old. The jungle gym is requested so that the Center can create a warm environment with child-friendly facilities. This Day Care Center is the only day care center around the area.

#177:  South Africa, Big Picture Books:  As part of a literacy project in the 29 Junior Secondary Schools in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, large picture books, $32.00, are needed. The teachers have been trained to teach the language curriculum using these and other books.  Big books enable teachers to work with their large classes more effectively, using interactive teaching methods to engage the children in their learning.

#106: Mattresses, Blankets, Plates and Spoons, Huntington Village Day Care Center, near Nelspruit, South Africa: Huntington Village Day Care Center needs mattresses $26.00); blankets ($10:00); plates and spoons (90 cents) for children under the age of 4. This center provides day care for the children of teenage mothers who have returned to school.

#30: Clothing and Toiletries:  $16.00 will provide a hat, shirt, shorts and
underclothes and $6.00 will provide a towel, washcloth and soap for 3-6 year
olds in a new Educare Center for the communities of Jeppestown and Belgravia in
South Africa.  Associated Program:  Kgosi Neighborhood Foundation (KNF)

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#96:  Chairs, Desks and Notebooks, southern Sudan, Africa:
$35.00 will buy a chair, $50.00 will buy a desk, and .75 cents will provide a notebook for returning refugee primary school children.  The associated organization:, is building schools (windows: $100.00; doors: $150.00; nails and tools for one classroom: $350.00).

#98: Mosquito Netting, Duk Padiet, Sudan: $15.00 will purchase mosquito netting for refugees returning to Sudan. Netting prevents the spread of malaria and saves many lives, especially those of children. Associated Organization: The Lost Boys of Sudan,
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#321: Swaziland, Manuals for Setting up a Libraries: $6.00 will purchase a manual. The African Library Project coordinates book drives in North America to start small libraries in rural schools in Africa. To ensure these libraries are sustained, each school is required to send a teacher-librarian to a training, and each teacher-librarian receives a manual on How To Set Up and Run a Small Library in Africa. These manuals contain instructions on library organization, borrowing systems, reading games for children and more. The manuals will go to print soon for the 2017 shipment of new libraries to Swaziland. Associated Organization: African Library Project.

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#352: Tanzania, School Uniforms: $26.00 will buy a child’s school uniform. This includes dresses or trousers, shirts, a warm sweater, socks and quality shoes. Many Maasai children in Monduli, Tanzania cannot go to school because their parents cannot afford to buy a school uniform and a school uniform is required to attend school. These children come from the poorest mud huts, but they are bright and eager to learn. Getting a new school uniform is one of the proudest days in students’ lives. It opens doors to education and possibilities for a way out of poverty for their whole family.

#339:  School Lunches, Tanzania: $5.00 a month will provide food for a child in a school which is run in a home outside of Arusha.  This school, which has 25 children, is in a very poor area where the main food is ugali, a food made from corn flour and water. Unfortunately this does not provide adequate nutrition.  For $5.00 a 3-5 year-old child will be provided a nutritious lunch each day for a month.  This school, which teaches English, costs the parents $3.00 per month.  English instruction is important because the secondary schools are taught in English.  The eventual goal is to have a K-7 school.  The local school does not accept students until they are seven and costs $53.00 per month and instruction is only in the local language, Swahili. 

#238: School Building Materials, Desks and Textbooks, Tanzania: Construction supplies cost: bag of cement ($11), durable cement blocks ($1 each), a window ($89), a door ($67), a truckload of sand ($40); desks for three to four students ($50) and textbooks ($20). There are 350 students at the new Orkiu Primary School. While half the children (ages 7-9) are learning inside the two roughly built classrooms, 175 must wait outside on a cold, windy, and sometimes rainy plateau for their turn to learn. The Maasai village elders have asked for help in building two sustainably constructed classrooms so all children can have a full day of learning inside a classroom. The average wage in Tanzania--one of the worldís 10 poorest countries--is $1.20 a day. There are simply not enough community or government resources to build needed classrooms. However, if the classrooms are built, the government will provide the teachers.

#171: Textbooks, Tanzania: Textbooks that cost between $5.00 and $10.00 are needed for primary students at the Mikuuny Primary School near Arusha, Tanzania. One book would be shared with the 3-4 students who sit at a desk together. Sets of books which cover all subjects for one classroom will cost $800.00. Associated Organization: Adopt A School,

#15: Student Desks: The Ng'iresi School Project is in its third year of operation. Ng'iresi School is in the small agricultural community of Ng'iresi, about 8 miles from Arusha, Tanzania.  The project light went on when Chris and Dave Anderson, educators on vacation, noticed some boys playing soccer with the tattered innards of a ball.  That observation led them to find out the following about the school.  It had 600 students and only 12 teachers. After visiting with the teachers and touring the classrooms they found out that Ng'iresi School not only could use some soccer balls but desperately needed student tables, pens, pencils and erasers.  Student learning took place in very crowded conditions.  They took turns sitting at the student tables.  When not sitting at the tables they were sitting on the floor. Teachers used real blackboards(a wall painted black). They knew from their many years teaching experience that a good teaching environment is critical to learning.   They looked at this situation and said here is a chance to make a real difference in the school experience for some kids. They found that a community volunteer coordinates the school donations, thus any donation goes directly to the school for desks, the most critical of their needs.  Pens, pencils, and other school supplies have been purchased in the U.S. and shipped to the school as needed by the Andersons. Further information:

#26: Student Desks: $20 buys a student desk for three students in the Mika Primary School in Tarime, Tanzania.  There are 405 grade 1-9  students.  Building materials for new classrooms cost: 1 Brick - $1; Bag of cement - $11; 5 liter gallon of paint - $15; and a truck load of sand - $40. This is a current picture of the classroom.  The new desks, funded by Lantern Projects, are being built.

#57:  HIV Testing Kits and Latex Gloves, Arusha, Tanzania: $50.00 will buy 100 testing kits and $7.00 will provide latex gloves for the testing technicians and the community health workers.  The goal in 2006 is to test 7000 people.  Associated organization: Students for International Change,

#61:  New Classroom, Tanzania: In Tanzania students can now begin school at age 7 instead of 10, but new classrooms are necessary to house these students.  Building costs are:  10 cents per concrete block, $9.00 per iron sheet for roofing; $11:00 for a bag of concrete; $60.00 per window; $75:00 for a truckload of sand; $90.00 per door and $120.00 for paint.  Classrooms for 45 now have up to 75 students.  Matching funds available!

#165:  Classroom Building Materials, Tanzania, Africa:   Bags of cement ($11.00), cement blocks ($1.10), framed windows ($89.00), framed doors ($67.00), paint ($67.00) and sand truck load ($40.00) are needed to build two classrooms for an additional 100 students, K- 7.  Two out of 5 children are waiting to attend school in Karatu.  Associated Organization:

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#340: Workshop Supplies, Bus Fare and Food: Malawi and Uganda: $15.00 flip charts; $7.50 sharpie markers; $5.50 masking tape; $3.00 scissors; $20.00 bus tickets; $365 $40.00 cooking oil; $28 cooking fuel, $90.00 water and $366 for food for a week.

This women’s empowerment workshop will be offered to women in both rural Uganda and rural Malawi. It will focus on reducing domestic violence as well as HIV/AIDS. These two issues are inextricably connected. Women in these areas face disempowerment and often lack control over their own bodies.  After the women are trained they meet every three months in their village to continue to support one another.

Women who bring income into the family find they have more negotiation power. The women come together to build cooperatives where women can earn an income to help their families and bring needed empowerment. Micro-loan opportunities will be made available for sustainable projects. 

#324: School Library Roof Repair Building Supplies, Uganda: The library building at the Batwa Pygmy School in Rwaburindi needs building and repair supplies. $56.00 per metal door; $250.00 per window; $5.50 per roofing sheet; $42.00 for roofing nails; $7.50 for timber pieces; and $8.50 per bag of cement. Batwa Pygmies are a marginalized group in Uganda. They were relocated out of their homeland and way of life when the National parks were established, protecting the gorillas. From primitive hunter gatherers they had to adjust to being small farmers or day laborers on other people's land. Their chance of survival for their children is education, yet their schools are often neglected and unequipped. Even so hundreds of children, poorly nourished and without basic supplies are joyfully coming to school every day to learn.

#316:  Garden and Fencing Supplies: Uganda: The following are needed to set up a Perma Garden program and individual gardens: $12.00, seeds; $13.00, plant seedlings; $1.50, tree seedling; $5.00, watering can; $13.00, soil amendments; $2.00 sisal (fence material); $9.00 nails.  Over 80% of the population in Northern Uganda relies on subsistence farming.  Families largely depend on food from their fields and resources from the broader environment for firewood, medicine, building materials and fodder for their animals. The harvest also is used to pay for school fees and health care. At harvest, their yield often represents only seven - eight months worth of food which can lead to food insecurity and hunger.   Households are forced to cut down on meals to once a day or every other day.  Applying locally adapted elements of permaculture land use design and biointensive agriculture, Community Action Fund for Women in Africa (CAFWA) developed a permaculture approach to help maximize production in small spaces around the home.  More than a "kitchen garden," this technical approach is based on the appropriate use of local resources, water conservation and long-term soil fertility measures to produce a variety of nutritious and accessible food crops that will provide families with access to food year round.  Associated Organization:

#290: Children's Vaccines, Uganda: $24.00 will provide MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine for a child in Jinja, Uganda.  Children of Grace has over 800 orphans and other vulnerable children affected by poverty and AIDS in their program.  Their goal is to provide education, healthcare and empowerment programs so that these children can someday become upstanding, productive members of their communities and help eradicate poverty and AIDS.  On average, 217 children are treated per month for diseases including malaria, typhoid, fungal infections and TB.  In addition they treat children with common childhood diseases including measles, mumps and rubella - diseases that could be prevented through immunization.  In a country where most people live on less than $2.00/day, the immunization cost is prohibitive.  Consequently, without the vaccine, thousands of children and youth contract measles and mumps every year.

#200: Uganda, Beekeeping: The Association of United Efforts in Mahwa, Uganda is a youth group with vocational, recreational and mentoring programs.  Their newest project is beekeeping.  They have built the structures but are in need of the timber hives which cost $30.00 each.  The income from this project will go toward the schools fees of the 40 youth members.  This program teaches a new skill as well as instills responsibility and self- sustainability.

#193: Uganda, School Toilet Block: The Rwaburindi Elementary School needs toilets for their 135 students, 95 boys and 40 girls in grades 1-6. The school is in a very poor community on the edge of the Echuya Forest and includes many pygmy children. The cost is $3.70 per student for a total of $500.00. Any donation amount is appreciated.

#116: Goats, Uganda: $35.00 will purchase goats for women in Northern Uganda who are girl mothers, formerly abducted child soldiers, widows, grandmothers taking care of orphans or mothers living with HIV/AIDS. The goats will help them create a sustainable livelihood. Associated organization: Community Action Fund for Women in Africa.

#10: Uganda:
Athletic equipment and musical equipment Friends For Life consists of a team of eighteen volunteers who are involved in prevention of HIV/AIDS, provision of love, care and hope to people living with HIV/AIDS. We carry out our activities in three main areas that is community, schools, and Friends For Life Clubs.

The community programme targets adults and it is run in seven different groups. The school programme runs in three secondary and nine primary schools, while Friends For Life Clubs are supportive groups for the youth and it is carried out in three groups.

We use music, dance drama sports and video shows for sensitizing the people. On 29th and 30th June 2004, we held music, dance and drama competition for schools and this attracted 190 participants; 60 from secondary and 130 from primary schools.

Our major challenge has however been lack of musical instruments and sports equipment for these groups. This problem has therefore hindered our expansion to other communities who need our service. Your donation will therefore facilitate us in expanding our activities.

#85: Cement, Uganda: $556.00 will provide a cement floor for the Home of Comfort Orphanage in Uganda (Wakiso District).  This orphanage houses 36 children from the northern refugee camps, many of whom were used as child soldiers or sex slaves.

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#206: Zambia, Malaria Bed Nets: $6.00 will provide a bed net for a student att he Dwankhozi Basic School (pre-K- 9) where their motto is "Education First". Dwankhozi Hope (DK) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to support acommunity school in rural Zambia with over 600 students. Greater than 90% of the students at the school contract malaria (often multiple times) in their lifetime. In partnership with the Zambian Rotary, DH aims to purchase and distribute 600 mosquito nets for the students in an effort to minimize thei mpact of this devastating disease. Associated organization:

#113: Knitting Cotton, Zambia: $50.00 will buy a case (58 skeins) of knitting cotton for the women in the Mehaba Refugee Settlement. The cotton is used to provide vocational training classes in knitting and crochet for 500 women. The classes are conducted in knitting circles which develop skills, inform women about health and safety issues and provide a safe space for women to heal from the challenges of poverty and displacement. Associated Organization:


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#239: Preschool feeding program and outdoor play equipment, Zimbabwe: $2.00 plate and spoon; $16.00 pot; $50.00 water bucket; $300, play equipment. The Maririangwe preschool project provides preschool services for orphaned and vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS and the current social and economic situation in Zimbabwe. During the school holidays water buckets to store water and utensils such as plates, forks and knives were destroyed by rats. The children at the preschool center currently do not have water in close proximity to their classroom for washing their hands or drinking.

#228: Stethoscopes and Textbooks for Medical Students, Zimbabwe: Stethoscopes cost $100. Medical textbooks cost an average of $65 a book and five books per student are needed each semester. These young women students, from low-income families, previously received high school scholarships and have demonstrated success in meeting all qualifications to enter medical school or science programs. They are currently enrolled at the University of Zimbabwe or the National University of Science and Technology. Associated organization:

#224: School Equipment, Zimbabwe:  The Child Resource Institute in Zimbabwe (CRIZ) is developing an income generating child care center in Harare.  The preschool is named Rolf Valley International Day School. The goal of this income generating center is to empower the CRIZ to be able to construct preschool centers in rural areas for disadvantaged children. Many preschool aged children in these areas do not have proper learning environments.  CRIZ believes that all children, regardless of  their social economic environment, have the right to learn in environments that are healthy, safe and stimulating.  The following items are needed: Tables, $25.00; Chairs, $7.50; Shelves, $25.00; Curtains, $15.00; Rug, $38 and Carpet, $58. The school will serve 50 students.  Associated Organization:

#175:  Zimbabwe, Bunk Beds:  The Maunganidze Kindhearted Children's Home in Chitungwiza, near Harare, needs bunk beds, $150.00; mattresses and pads, $65.00; sheets, $15.00; blankets, $15.00 and pillows, $5.00.  The home houses 26 children from 1-18.  Most of the children have been orphaned due to HIV/AIDS. Associated Organization: Africa Wellness Initiative.

#167: Fish, Zimbabwe: Fifty kilos of fish can be purchased for $250.00. The young women of the Marodera area will sell the fish. The funds they raise will be applied to the purchase of a used truck. They need a truck to transport building materials and food for a center for pre-school children.

#110: Peanut Butter Machine, Zimbabwe: $200.00 will buy a machine that makes peanut butter. The caretakers of orphans and vulnerable children in the community of Buhera Muraminda have requested this machine so that they can make and sell peanut butter in order to help the early childhood education and orphan care initiative become self sufficient. Associated Organization: Child Resource Institute Zimbabwe,

#76: Feminine Supplies and School Supplies, Zimbabwe: $3.50 will buy a packet of sanitary napkins; $8.50 will buy a pencil, pen, and textbook or exercise book. Most girls in Zimbabwe lack basic resources, which are vital in assisting them with their education. If they do not have these supplies, they do not go to school. Associated Organization: International Child Resource Institute.

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