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 water colour paint brushes (large and small)
  • Acrylic, Oil, and watercolour paint
  • Drawing or painting sketchbooks
  • Balloons
  • Blending stumps and tortillion
  • Charcoal pencils
  • Dye powder and liquid
  • Fixative spray
  • Graphite pencils
  • Paint palettes
  • Shading pencils
  • Small stretched frames with canvas
  • Water based colour markers
  • Yarn/wool


  • A4 lamination sheets
  • A4 plastic sleeves
  • Coloured A4 paper and cardboard
  • Coloured pencils and crayons
  • Colour-coding labels
  • Erasers
  • Glue sticks
  • HB pencils
  • High-quality felt tip markers
  • High-quality whiteboard markers
  • Highlighters
  • Pencils sharpeners
  • Pens (red, blue and black)
  • Plastic and wooden rulers (30 cm long)
  • Post-it/Sticky notes
  • Round stickers 12 mm (yellow, red, green and blue)
  • Stickers with inspirational messages

Learning resources and teaching aids

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

Student health and welfare

  • Bras and sports bras (teens and women’s sizes)^
  • First aid kits
  • Hot water bottles
  • Packets of underwear (ages 6 to 20)^
  • Paper or plastic-coloured wristbands (for children and teens)
  • Plastic Flip-flops/slides (ages 12 to 20)
  • Paediatric blood pressure machine
  • Reusable penlight
  • Salbutamol inhalers (for asthma)
  • Towels
  • Waterproof mattress protectors (single bed)
^New only – it is against Tanzania law to donate used undergarments

Science and mathematics resources

  • Arduino Development board with USB
  • Digital/Electronic Micrometre Screw Gauge
  • Digital/Electronic Vernier Caliper
  • Digital/Electronic Resistance Box
  • NPN Transistors
  • Topcon 32x Automatic Level

Sports equipment

  • Badminton bats and shuttlecocks
  • Basketballs (Size 5, 6 and 7)
  • Footballs [soccer] (Size 3, 4 and 5)
  • Football gloves (for age 6 to 20)
  • Football [soccer] boots (Boys and girls, for ages 6 to 20)
  • Handballs
  • Netballs (Size 5)
  • Rugby balls (sizes 3, 4 and 5)
  • Running/training shoes (Boys and girls, for ages 6 to 20)
  • Sports first aid kit packs
  • Stopwatches
  • Tennis rackets
  • Tennis balls
  • Training cones
  • Training ladders
  • Volleyballs

Educational DVD’s and educational resources

Primary and Secondary level information DVDs, charts or models about:
  • Alphabet and phonics
  • Algebra or geometry
  • Grammar, vocabulary, rhyming and nouns
  • Insects, plants, nature or life cycles
  • How it works – any technology
  • Parts of the body/ Anatomy
  • Solar system
  • Structure of different writing styles
  • The globe, maps, and countries
  • Weather and climate

IT and photography equipment*

  • Case for Lenovo Tab 4, 10.1” TB-X304F/N
  • Clevy Keyboards - Upper Case - USB - 102565
  • Digital cameras
  • Headphones (with microphone)
  • Portable power banks
  • Samsung tablets
  • Small digital or mirrorless cameras, e.g., Sony A6400
  • Smartphones (with a good camera)
  • 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 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 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)
  • Videotapes and audiocassettes

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

Music equipment

  • Keyboard - Yamaha preferred with sustain pedal

Photography equipment

  • Canon DSLR Camera 90D
  • Canon Lens 24-70mm f/2.8 USM L
  • Zoom H6 Digital Recorder - Audio Recorder
  • Speedlite Godox AD600BM