A Kenyan Teachers’ Wishlist!

In anticipation of our travel to Kenya, we would love to have interested supporters help us to purchase these wish list items for the Kiang’ombe classroom.  Below you will find a basic list of the essentials the teachers would like to have to round out their materials.  Most of these items are too expensive to  purchase in Kenya, or are not easily available.

If you are interested in providing something on the wishlist, or have it already, please leave a note indicating such under comments—that way we don’t end up with 3,000 pipe cleaners and no baby dolls!

Here is the Kenyan Teachers’ wish list for the classroom:

  • 2 sets–Building Blocks (perhaps Duplo?)-1 set Taken by Anne
  • 5 packs–Colored Construction Paper (packs of about 240 pieces @ Michael’s for $7ish) – Taken by Eve
  • 2 bags Beads (large bags @Michael’s for $7ish)

  • 3 packs of Pipe Cleaners (package @Michaels of 350 pcs)~ Taken by Nina
  • 6 Balls (preferably O balls, they will never pop or need blowing up!!!)~ Taken by Tara G.


  • 4-Jump Ropes~Taken by Tara G.
  • 10-Toy Cars/Vehicles (preferably lightweight plastic appropriate for 2-4 year olds, remembering all of this will be fit into suitcases!–we need about 5 still

  • 4 Toy Babies (preferably black skin toned) –Got them! Thanks Carol & Sarah
  • 3 packs Letters  (Dollar store has some great school resources)~Taken by Nina
  • 3 packs Numbers (Dollar store has some great resources)~Taken by Nina
  • 3 sets Animals (Goodwill etc. often has bags of small plastic animals)

  • 25 Dice~Taken by Tara G.
  • 10 Paints/2 packages simple brushes (powdered tempera paint would be amazing for ease of travel/smaller size, but Michael’s does have some liquid paint packs if nothing else)
  • Portable Tunnels~ taken by LouAnn C-G.

  • 10 Books (themes–animals, geography, ocean, space, feelings, colors, size, body parts etc) ~Tara G (4 nature themed)
  • 10 Values Books (kindness, patience, listening, taking care of surroundings, siblings etc)
  • Abacus~Taken by Tara G.
  • 5 Letter/Animal/Number Puzzles (easily found at 2nd hand stores for much cheaper than retail & in good shape, again looking for lightweight)
  • Frisbee in various colors – Got em!


We can re-evaluate once we see what everyone comes up with in the hunt for awesome for free or very low price!!

I am excited to see what we can all pull together–the teachers did not say quantities on the items they requested, but this is my best guess and what we might be able to take over!

In mutual shopping/thrifting excitement,  

Anne (Mama Ameena)

9 thoughts on “A Kenyan Teachers’ Wishlist!

  • Tara Garrett

    Hi Anne,

    I would like to purchase the O Balls. Where should I have them shipped?

    Regards, Tara

    • Ameena

      Sweet Tara you can send them to:

      Ameena Project
      1455 SW Huntington Ave
      Portland, Oregon 97225

      Tara wins the fastest reply award!!! Where can we send your prize???

      • Tara Garrett

        Ha ha,

        I’ve been excited to see what you need. It’s such inspiring work you and Ian are doing.

      • Tara Garrett

        Jump ropes, balls, abacus, dice & 4 nature books headed your way.

        • Ameena


  • Nina

    Please put me down for 3 pkgs of letter, 3 pkgs of number and 3 pkgs of pipe cleaners. Can I drop them off?

    • Ameena

      Most certainly! The address is the same as the mailing address: 1455 SW Huntington Ave, Portland OR 97225!

  • Kelsey

    I sent some money, I wanted you to be able to get something without me having to spend money on shipping also, this way you could get more. This is a great cause.

    • Ameena

      Thank you so much Kelsey, we’ll keep an eye out for it, and let you know what we purchase!!!

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