One of the favorite things we do in Africa is our stop at the Shalom Orphanage. This orphanage is a school and a home for children whose parents are unable to care for them or are dead. Some of the children are disabled but most are normal, healthy and intelligent. They are happy and eager to meet us and very grateful for our attention and of course for gifts as any children would be.
This year we have asked for names and ages so we can make sure each child receives at least one gift meant for them specifically. If you need to make a change let me (liz) know by calling or texting and we can trade around some. Scroll down to see the chart of our assignments. I've emailed it, but in case you need to check it again, I'll post it here with any updates.
Julie is our contact with Leo Tours and she has gotten me the info. She reported the following: "We have talked to the Shalom Orphanage Manager and he suggested the following for the gifts.
Pens & pencils
Toothbrushes would be great for every child and reading books are good in English. Sticker books and coloring books I would add too. You might also consider soft stuffed animals for the younger children and teen girls love jewelry and hand lotion. You might consider giving a card with your name and address so they can write you a letter. But don't be surprised if they ask you for money, so be prepared.
In addition to the Shalom Orphanage, we also can leave gifts with the ward leaders for members in Arusha. They can distribute them to those who need them most. The Primary can use them for the children as well.