Develop Africa collects and provides free school supplies for children in Africa.  We welcome donations of all kinds of school supplies throughout the year. 

Ways you can help:

  • Donate: If you already have school and office supplies that you do not need (regardless of the quantity), please send them to us.  We welcome new and gently used supplies of all types.   

  • Collect: If you would like to collect and send us school supplies, then you are also in the right place.  We welcome your desire to help.

  • Shipping Costs:Please help us by donating to help cover the cost of shipping to get these supplies where they need to be.  A single drum costs over $200 to ship to Africa.   Every dollar donated gets us one step closer to getting these supplies into children's hands and we want to get ALL of them into the hands of the children that they were donated for.  

    Another way to help cover the shipping costs is to consider buying or selling on eBay, click here for more information.

Recommended List of School Supplies 

  • Recommended Item: Solar lights for use by children when studying.  Many children have to study using hazardous kerosene lanterns.  Cost about $40 to $50.  To order go to:

  • Recommended Item: Netbooks / Laptops / Kindles / iPads / eReaders

  • Recommended Item: Stackable Chairs- Did you know that many schools in Africa do not have adequate school furniture?  The furniture in many instances is not comfortable and conducive for learning.  In some schools, children unfortunately sit in the floor or have to buy / bring their own chairs. We welcome your help in addressing this problem and providing decent chairs that will aid learning.  Stackable chairs are ideal because they are easier to ship and occupy less space.  Different sizes for different ages are welcome.  Let's together remove this impediment to learning and education.

  • Recommended Item: Spiral bound, composition and other notebooks

  • Backpack and other book bags

  • Calculators

  • Filler paper

  • Colored pencils, crayons and markers

  • Ruler with English and metric measurements

  • Colored pens

  • Erasers

  • Pencil boxes / cases

  • Glue sticks

  • Graph paper

  • Pens and pencils

  • Pencil sharpeners (individual and classroom)

  • Pocket dictionaries

  • Reams or boxes of paper

Collect School Supplies - Run a school supplies drive at your school, college, workplace, church or neighborhood


Donating towards shipping supplies is the best way that you can help.  Help cover the cost of shipping supplies to Africa.  Freely providing all the books and supplies we receive costs thousands of dollars yearly in shipping costs.  Please make a donation today to help pay for shipping.