Items to donate in Kenya/Tanzania?

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Apr 5th, 2011, 05:43 AM
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I second Lhgreenacres suggestion of Tanzanian Childrens Fund and their Rift Valley Children's Village. Not only do they care for orphans, but they now run the local primary school as a charter school and provide a lot of help for the local community. I sponsor a young boy there and have visited several times. In 2005, my group planted trees there, before the current buildings were even built. If you decide to go, you need to let them know in advance. You could also see what they may need, supply-wise, although cash is always appreciated. They don't give the kids anything other than on their birthday and at Christmas, to avoid problems. School supplies are used by the primary school and the medicines, at their clinic.
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Nov 3rd, 2012, 07:50 PM
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I live in Kyle TX but was born in Kenya and grew up in Ikundu village in central Kenya.
I took my wife and 5-yr-old son to the village this past August for their first time to drill a water well in that village and we took old clothes, books, crayons,, pencils, toys, shoes and distributed them to the village kids and the local elementary.
We did not make a dent to the dire need for clothings and school supplies and the kids were graciously appreciative for the little things we shared with them.
When we returned to the States, we started an effort on Facebook called ' Share Old Clothes & Books with Needy Kids'to collect books and used clothes to send back to the school and the kids there. http://m.facebook.com/home.php?__use...user=689045295

The school in the village started a Library and called it Margo Thompson Library in honor of a friend of ours from Dripping Springs TX who helped us raise funds for the Water Project.
We also arranged with the Local Post Office in Maragua Kenya so that packages sent to the village in the name of the Primary school, the local Catholic church and the Anglican Church( Episcopal in the US) will not be charged custom duty fees.
We are making direct impact on the kids there without going through huddles of organizations that normaly have administrative costs and we know exactly where the help is going and get instant and direct communication with the kids in the village when they get supplies.
I would encourage y'all to go to the FB page and see the photos of the kids and the school plus the water project.
Anybody with a question please contact me on [email protected]
And to answer some of the concerns on here, as far as I know the locals appreciate anything and treasure stuff associated with 'this is from America'.
But I would advice cash donations to be made to a group as opposed to an individual.
God Bless You All!
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