St Jude's Wishlist 2024

Can you help us source these much-needed goods?

Thank You!

Thank you for your interest in donating goods to The School of St Jude. The wish list below contains items that are difficult or too expensive to source in Tanzania. These items are small enough to fit in your suitcase when you come visit us.

Tanzanian customs authorities at the border will most likely require you to present a taxation waiver letter to enable you to bring these items to St Jude’s. Please contact us in advance at so we can send you a tax waiver letter and provide advice about priority items listed below

Please Note

  • Educational materials and stationery are always required, especially quality stationery, textbooks and resources with accurate information and pictures about Africa.
  • We have plenty of Australian informational resources, memorabilia, souvenirs, and small clip-on koalas. We do not require any more.
  • We cannot use large-sized, stained or heavily worn clothing. It is against Tanzanian law to send or donate used undergarments.

Art supplies

  • Acrylic and watercolour paintbrushes (large and small)
  • Acrylic, Oil, and watercolour paint- (Chromacryl Student Acrylic Paints, or Atelier Interactive Artist Paints, Reeves Acrylic Paints)
  • Blending stumps and tortillon
  • Calligraphy pens and ink
  • Copic Markers
  • Cutart Pro Kit
  • Dye powder and liquid
  • Electric eraser
  • Fabric paints
  • Fine Liner Pens
  • Graphite pencils
  • Glitter
  • Masking fluid for watercolour paints
  • Oil Pastels
  • Pads of 300GSM, A3 watercolour paper
  • Paint palettes
  • Prisma colour pencils-large boxes of 32-79 pencils
  • Shading pencils
  • Small stretched frames with canvas
  • Scotch removable poster tape
  • Thick drawing or painting sketchbooks A3 (11.69 x 16.53 inches in USA)
  • Tombow mono zero eraser
  • Water-based colour markers
  • Windsor and Newton watercolour set
  • Yarn/wool


  • A4 lamination sheets
  • A4 plastic sleeves
  • Coloured A4 paper and cardboard
  • Coloured pencils and crayons
  • Colour-coding labels
  • Diaries (Different sizes - A4, A5)
  • Erasers/Rubbers
  • Fabric markers (Laundry markers for clothing labelling)
  • Glue sticks
  • Executive pens (pens suitable for gifting/prize)
  • Good quality felt sheets
  • HB pencils
  • High-quality felt tip markers
  • High-quality whiteboard markers
  • Sharpie Marker pens
  • Highlighters
  • Pencils sharpeners
  • Pens (red, blue and black)
  • Desk Organizer with Mesh File Holder (VIVSOL)
  • Plastic and wooden rulers (30 cm long)
  • Post-it/Sticky notes
  • Round stickers 12 mm (yellow, red, green and blue)
  • Stickers with inspirational messages
  • Sponge Damper Pad (for stamping)

Learning resources and teaching aids

  • Jigsaw puzzles (5 years and above) 50 PCS-1000PCS
  • Problem-solving and logic games
  • Scrabble and other word games
  • Show Me boards
  • Verb wheels

Student health and welfare

  • Bras and sports bras (new for teens and women’s sizes)^
  • Bath towels (Cotton bath towel of 70cm x 135cm or 27.6 x 53.1 inches)
  • First aid kits
  • Hot water bottles
  • Packets of underwear (new for ages 6 to 20)^
  • Pyjamas (Sizes medium to extra-large)
  • Combine dressing (Sterile non-woven combined dressing pad (10cm x 20cm))
  • Paper or plastic-coloured wristbands (for children and teens)
  • Plastic Flip-flops/slides (ages 12 to 20)
  • Paediatric blood pressure machines
  • Reusable penlight
  • Salbutamol inhalers (for asthma)
  • Short skin tights (Small to large sizes for children and teens)
  • Waterproof mattress protectors (single bed)
  • Tote bags (Simple rectangular bag for carrying A4 documents and files)
  • Ventolin inhaler (Ventolin Asthma inhaler)
^New only – it is against Tanzania law to donate used undergarments

Science and mathematics resources

  • Arduino starter kits
  • Casio Scientific calculator FX-991 ES Plus
  • Eureka can
  • Micro bit kits
  • Place value flipbook
  • Plastic three-dimensional shapes (with net option)
  • Pulleys (fixed and movable)
  • Scientific Calculators (Non-Programmable ONLY, please) – Casio – Fx 991 Ms

Club needs

  • Chess Timers - with batteries
  • Chess magnetic teaching board
  • Chess bags
  • Chess score notation books
  • Chess boards - preference is on easily to carry for the students when learning chess. Can be wooden /magnetic chess set
  • GAMES (any age-appropriate available portable board games and cards)

Sports equipment

  • Badminton bats and shuttlecocks
  • Basketballs (Size 4, 5, 6 and 7)
  • Footballs [soccer] (Size 3, 4 and 5, 6, 7)
  • Football gloves (for age 6 to 20)
  • Football [soccer] boots (Boys and girls, for ages 6 to 20)
  • Handballs
  • Multi-sport portable tactical board (all age categories)
  • Netballs (Size 4, 5 and 6)
  • Rugby balls (sizes 3, 4 and 5)
  • Running/training shoes (Boys and girls, for ages 6 to 20)
  • Sports first aid kit packs
  • Stopwatches
  • Sprinting blocks
  • Sprinting resistance parachute
  • Shin pads
  • Soccer goals net (11 v 11 & 7v 7)
  • Tennis rackets
  • Tennis balls
  • Training cones
  • Training ladders
  • Volleyballs (Size 4,5,6,)
  • Whistles

Educational DVD’s and educational resources

Primary and Secondary level information DVDs, charts or models about:
  • Alphabet and phonics
  • Algebra or geometry
  • Christian DVDs and CDs
  • Grammar, vocabulary, rhyming and nouns
  • Insects, plants, nature or life cycles
  • How it works – any technology
  • Parts of the body/ Anatomy
  • Solar system
  • The globe, maps, and countries
  • Weather and climate
  • World Globe (For Grade 5 to 7 children of 10 to 12 years)

IT and photography equipment*

  • Case for Lenovo Tab 4, 10.1” TB-X304F/N
  • Clevy Keyboards - Upper Case - USB - 102565
  • Digital or mirrorless cameras
  • Bluetooth keyboard (Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard)
  • Used smartphones with good cameras (eg. Google Pixel 4a, refurbished smartphones, Samsung, etc.)
  • Headphones (with microphone)
  • Portable power banks
  • Samsung tablets
  • USB C to HDMI Multiport Adapter
*Second-hand but in good condition would be appreciated.

Book suggestions

Our libraries have reasonable fiction collections thanks to many generous visitors over the years. However, most of our books are written by international authors. St Jude’s is working to build our collection of African fiction (particularly contemporary fiction) and titles written by African authors.
Our requested titles are listed on a number of online books websites. We carefully review and update these lists throughout the year, so that supporters like you are aware of our priority needs.

If you are in the UK or Australia, you can view our Booktopia wish list here.

If you are in the US, you can view our Amazon wish list here.

Please do not purchase from these lists and send titles directly to St Jude’s, as this costs the school customs tax, often costing more than half the value of the book or shipment.
Although the books listed on these websites are our highest priority, we also appreciate similar books in good condition.

Second-hand book guidelines

We know some of our visitors have access to second-hand resources. If you are donating second-hand resources, we prefer good-quality resources with a publication or revised dates later than 2010.


Primary and Secondary levels:
  • World geographic
  • World history
  • World political


Secondary School level:
  • Accounting/commerce
  • Arts
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Physics
  • Science (general)
  • World history


  • Secondary and primary school levels on CD if available


Secondary School level:
  • National Geographic
  • Science magazines such as New Scientist or Scientific American
Recent editions in good condition are appreciated.

Please note:

The following resources are NOT required; our libraries are generously stocked with multiple copies, thanks to the goodwill of past visitors to St Jude’s:

  • Shakespeare’s plays and study guides
  • Classic plays and texts, e.g. ‘The Odyssey’
  • Books by John Steinbeck, George Orwell, F Scott Fitzgerald, Mark Twain, Stephanie Meyer, or SE Hinton
  • Popular series and children’s books: ‘Anne of Green Gables’ series, ‘The Secret Garden’, Enid Blyton books, ‘Saddle Club’ series, ‘Harry Potter’ series, ‘Dr Seuss’ series, ‘Twilight’ series, ‘Little Golden Books’ and ‘Berenstain Bears’
  • Picture books or large-format young books (quarto)
  • Readers (small booklets) and learn-to-read/graded reading books: such as Scholastic, McGraw-Hill and Scotts
  • Primary-aged books on animals and dinosaurs
  • Recreational DVDs (movies or TV)

Want to do more?

The school also has a list of specialised and very specific goods that are expensive or can be harder to source, even overseas. Some items may also be larger, meaning they will likely take up more of your luggage or incur extra luggage costs. These goods are a specific once-off need of the school. Please consult the Donor Relations team ( before making any significant purchases of these items.

Please note

  • Please make the Donor Relations team aware that you are about to purchase any of the below items so that we can make sure they are still needed.
  • The links provided are a guide; if you can source these items more economically from your own research, please feel free to do so.
  • You can also contact our Donor Relations team for more information about the goods on this list. There also may be additional items that we can recommend you bring over.
  • Second-hand items of good quality will also be appreciated.

Extracurricular robotics and programming

  • Class set
  • Lego We-do box
  • Lego Mindstorm EV3
  • Micro bit sets
  • Arduino starter kits
  • LEGO Kits (Lego@Education)
    1. LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Essential Set (Age 6+)
    2. LEGO® Education BricQ Motion Prime Set (age 10+)
    3. LEGO® BOOST – Robot and coding toys for kids (ages 7+)
    4. LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime Set (age 10+)


  • Clevy Keyboards - Upper Case - USB - 102565 • Lenovo Tab 4, 10.1” TB-X304F/N Case

Photography equipment

  • Canon, Nikon or Sony DSLR cameras
  • Canon DSLR Camera 90D
  • Canon Lens 24-70mm f/2.8 USM L
  • Zoom H6 Digital Recorder - Audio Recorder
  • Speedlite Godox AD600BM
  • Canon M50 mark II
  • Nikon Coolpix S7000 16 MP Digital Camera with 20x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom 3-Inch LCD (Black)

Science and maths equipment

  • Arduino Development board with USB
    Building robots toys kit (These are used in class aiding Mathematics and Science teaching for age 6-14)
  • Digital/Electronic Micrometre Screw Gauge
  • Digital/Electronic Vernier Caliper
  • Digital/Electronic Resistance Box
  • Laboratory Coat, Cotton (Medium Size, Long Sleeved, Multiple pockets: -2 large lower patch pockets and one front chest pocket.)
  • NPN Transistors
  • Set of 9 Soil Sieve (Science and Maths equipment)
  • Topcon 32x Automatic Level