Here are some of the things I am bringing to Africa to distribute to children and their families. Once I deflate the soccer balls and start packing I will see how much room I have for additional things. I will also be bringing items for specific children from new child sponsors. We have been given some guidance on what kinds of things are needed or appreciated including school supplies and soccer balls (soccer balls are supposed to be like gold there). It’s hard to know exactly what to bring and what is most needed but apparently we will have the opportunity to buy things in local stores and bring much needed items (including food) to families in the villages we will be visiting. I’m sure there will be a lot of learning in this regard for the next time I do this.
It has actually been an emotional experience buying these simple things over the past few months knowing how much it will be appreciated over there and how common and inexpensive these items are here. I picked up a lot of this stuff at various dollar stores or Walmart, the soccer balls were the most expensive at between $5 and $8 each, the kids clothing items including the shoes/sandals were end of season clearance items for $2 to $3.